Do You Have a Winning Job in 2019?

Posted by Jeff Pelliccio on Jan 23, 2019 9:00:00 AM

In ICS insights, Job Trends, Candidate

Currently there is a short supply of highly skilled candidates in 2019. This means that many employers are turning to their internal staff for additional training and development to meet the needs they have for more technical staff. This new focus on internal training, instead of external hiring, has helped to stabilize compensation. In fact, there are fewer companies than ever before offering huge sign-on bonuses, or a higher amount of base pay to help entice candidates who have skills that are hard to find. To ensure that you are able to remain ahead of the market, you need to consider the information here, and be willing to improve your skill set. It’s also a good idea to get to know what jobs are going to be “winners” in 2019.

Big Data

There are big things coming for big data. While 2018 was a key year, there are bigger things coming in 2019. The certifications and skills related to big data have grown significantly in market value. As a result, they now touch virtually every tech role.

For example, the next-generation DBAs, who have certain certifications, witnessed an increase in value, while data modelers and analysts also saw an increase in value and demand. Are you wondering how you may be able to cash-in on this, too? If so, consider acquiring some of the certifications and values that are coveted in this category, which include:

  • Mongo DB Certified DBA

  • SAS Certified Big Data Professional Using SAS

  • Metadata Design and Development

  • Hbase

  • Data Science Quantitative Analysis

Artificial Intelligence

The professionals who have cutting-edge AI (artificial intelligence) skills have earned various pay premiums of more than 15 percent, as well as a 7.1 percent increase in the market value over the past six months, but changes are coming.

It is expected that AI will go mainstream sometime in 2019, and it is going to make huge leaps in the following two to three years as more and more companies get into gaining some type of real business impact from the available AI tools. As this is taking place, AI is going to become a foundational skill requirement for anyone who is in the tech field in a corporate industry.

It’s also been predicted that 2019 will be the year of open-source AI and that the “pure” data scientist is going to fade away, which will mark the pinnacle of this AI revolution.

If this is a forecast that remains true, then the sooner that data engineers and software engineers begin to learn AI skills, the better off they will be. Some of the skills that are needed (for now) include:

  • Robotic related skills: materials science, fluid dynamics, physics, computer-aided design and drafting, computer science, life sciences, physical sciences and advanced mathematics

  • Big data platforms/tools and data modeling: ETL, AWS Redshift, SAS, data mining, MongoDB, Pandas, Hive, Pig, Scala, Hadoop, MapReduce, Spark, Hadoop

  • Programming languages: Linux, R, Perl, SQL, Python, C++, Java


According to experts, blockchain technology is going enter into a new era in the coming year. It will be driven by the adoption of mainstream companies, healthcare organizations, financial organizations, and even not-for-profit companies. If you are ready to become a blockchain expert, then it is a good idea to examine how it can be used for everything besides cryptocurrency – this include things such as supply chain management and smart contacts, which are both the future of blockchain.


While 2018 was a very strong year for various cybersecurity specialists, there will be a strong demand again during 2019. It has been noted that 12 of the top-paying 25 certs that are being traced are actually related to cybersecurity and information. Virtually every job that is now available in the tech field requires some type of security awareness, as well as basic know-how.

If you want a skill that is highly sought after, and one that will help you set yourself apart from the crowd, then it may be a good idea to look into cryptography. This commands a pay increase of about 16 percent, as well as an increase in total market value of 14.3 percent in just the last six months.

Jobs that are Trending Downward

While there are many jobs that are worth looking into, there are others that are on a downward trend. Some of those include:

  • Systems administrators

  • Production programmers

  • Traditional DBAs

If you want to invest in a career that will result in growth and success, then you should keep in mind the list here. Doing so will help ensure that you get the results that are right for you. Click below to look at our current open roles and apply!

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