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Engineering and tech dominate the top entry-level jobs in 2018

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There’s never been a more exciting time to be entering the workforce as a techie. Whether you’re into software engineering, web development or the data analysis field, if you know something about the technical world, your prospects of building a long-lasting career are higher than ever. The prevailing employment trends in the US are predominantly reflective of the current global environment, and so a recent study by Indeed looked at the top entry-level jobs in the US for 2018. Part of the report included a “popularity index” score, which illustrates the popularity of a particular job amongst entry-level job-seekers. The results spoke volumes. Engineering and tech jobs are evidently amongst the most sought-after jobs in the US, followed closely by jobs in a few rather surprising industries. Let’s take a closer look at the findings.

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Source: Indeed


The Two Most Popular Entry-Level Tech Jobs

Among the top 15 most wanted entry-level jobs in 2018, we’ve chosen to hone in on two of the most pertinent in terms of technical skill.


Junior Java Developer

Java (not to be confused with JavaScript) is up there with the top programming languages in the world. For many developers, it is the catalyst for a flourishing career. Indeed puts the average salary for a Junior Java Developer at $70 193. A number of other sources agree. According to ZipRecruiter, “A Junior Java Developer annual salary ranges from $25,000 to $102,000 nationally.” This puts the national average at $72 698. Number of years in the industry, relevant qualifications and experience play a big role in determining where you’ll fall on the scale. As a Junior Java developer, you will collaborate with other software engineers and web developers to build applications, websites and software products through a complex process of problem-solving. Java developers are involved with the entire development life cycle of a product, so their skills are highly sought-after in a range of different contexts. According to technojobs, some of a Java Developer’s main roles and responsibilities include:

  • Conducting software analysis, programming, testing and debugging
  • Developing, testing, implementing and maintaining application software
  • Recommending changes to improve established java application processes
  • Developing technical designs for application development
  • Developing application code for java programs


Junior Software Engineer

In summarising the role of a software engineer, Try Engineering provides this description: “Computer software engineers apply the principles and techniques of computer science, engineering, and mathematical analysis to the design, development, testing, and evaluation of the software and the systems that enable computers to perform their many applications.” The average salary of a Junior Software Engineer is $56 116 according to Indeed. According to ZipRecruiter, this average is a bit higher, coming in at between $30,000 to $90,500 nationally, making the national average $63 606.

There are a range of different kinds of software engineers from computer applications software engineers to systems software engineers – each fulfilling a specific role that involves strong programming skills as well as a penchant for mathematical problem-solving and data analysis. As Robert Walters puts it, “software engineers are innate problem-solvers, good at collaboration and keen to see an issue through to successful completion.”

According to Monster, these are some of the responsibilities of a software engineer:

  • Determining operational feasibility by evaluating analysis, problem definition, requirements, solution development, and proposed solutions
  • Documenting and demonstrating solutions by developing flowcharts, layouts, diagrams, charts, code comments and clear code
  • Updating job knowledge by studying state-of-the-art development tools, programming techniques, and computing equipment; participating in educational opportunities; reading professional publications; maintaining personal networks; participating in professional organizations
  • Providing information by collecting, analysing, and summarizing development and service issues
  • Developing software solutions by studying information needs; conferring with users; studying systems flow, data usage, and work processes; investigating problem areas; and following the software development lifecycle


The Most In-Demand Skills of 2018

Interestingly, a 2018 report by Linkedin demonstrated once again that engineering and tech are at the top of the charts when it comes to the entry-level playing field. Check out this list of the most in-demand skills needed by companies in 2018.

  1. Cloud and Distributed Computing
  2. Statistical Analysis and Data Mining
  3. Middleware and Integration Software
  4. Web Architecture and Development Framework
  5. User Interface Design
  6. Software Revision Control Systems
  7. Data Presentation
  8. SEO/SEM Marketing
  9. Mobile Development
  10. Network and Information Security

Not only are engineering and tech jobs amongst the most popular, they are also significantly lucrative. Companies need skills – skills to differentiate them in a market that is made up of a few huge players and millions of smaller players all vying for a position amongst the greats. The encouraging thought for entry-level job-seekers is that while in previous years it would take years to develop the skill-set to thrive as a developer, these days, it’s not necessarily the case. As the Zuckerbergs of the world continue to demonstrate, a dedicated investment into honing your skill through practice, self-empowerment and a smart, proactive approach to education is what it takes to make it big in an industry that’s waiting to embrace raw talent and sheer determination.

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