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Top 10 In-Demand IT Job Titles

Over the next few weeks, we’ll be using’s industry employment trends analytics tools to bring you the Top 10 Most In-demand Job Titles in each industry, and we’ll be making a list of the Top 5 employers of people with those skills in the USA, the UK and Ireland, as well as some information regarding the average salary those candidates can expect to receive. Why? Because we’re just that God damn nice!

Part One – Information Technology

The 10 Most In-Demand IT Job Titles of August 2014, as identified by, were as follows:

  1. Software Engineer
  2. Systems Engineer
  3. Software Developer
  4. Java Developer
  5. Business Analyst
  6. .NET Developer
  7. Web Developer
  8. Systems Administrator
  9. Project Manager
  10. Network Engineer

**According to the US Department of Labour, the level of employment for computer science roles is expected to increase by 19% from 2010 to 2020.

in-demand it job titles1. Software Engineer

Engineers are often confused with Programmers, but the two disciplines are vastly different! While a Programmer creates the code that makes a program run, a Software Engineer creates the designs the Programmer implements.

Average salary: $93,000

Top 5 Employers of Software Engineers:
USA: IBM, Microsoft, Google, Cisco, Lockheed Martin
UK: IBM, Sky Accenture, Capgemini, Cisco
Ireland: IBM, Ericsson, Hewlett-Packard, Fidelity Investments, AIB

in-demand it job titles2. Systems Engineer

Systems engineering deals with work-processes and tools to manage risks on projects and overlaps with both technical and human-centered disciplines such as control engineering, industrial engineering, organisational studies and project management.

Average salary: $91,000

Top 5 Employers of Systems Engineers:
USA: General Motors, Ford Motor Company, Boeing, Chrysler Group LLC, Cummins Inc.
UK: BP, Rolls-Royce, AMEC, Aker Solutions, Jaguar land Rover
Ireland: Intel Corporation, Rockwell Automation, Jacobs, Bausch + Lomb, Merck

in-demand it job titles3. Software Developer

Software Developers design, develop and maintain the operation of database driven ASP .NET/C# Web applications with a specific emphasis on usability, performance and scalability.

Average salary: $89,000

Top 5 Employers of Software Developers:
USA: Microsoft, Hewlett-Packard. Amazon, Lockheed martin, Intel Corporation
UK: Microsoft, Accenture, Credit Suisse, Barclays Investment Bank, Sky
Ireland: IBM, Ericsson, Hewlett-Packard, Microsoft, Fidelity Investments

in-demand it job titles4. Java Developer

Java Developers create and support web-based Java applications, web services and web interfaces. Other responsibilities includes server-side component design, reviewing and understanding business requirements, developing and enhancing product offerings, and ensuring that development tasks are completed within the timeline provided.

Average salary: $98,000

Top 5 Employers of Java Developers:
USA: Google, IBM, Lockheed Martin, Hewlett-Packard, Microsoft
UK: EMBL-European Bioinformatics Institute, Accenture, Cisco, Sky, Ocado
Ireland: Accenture, Ericsson, SAP, Fidelity Investments, AXA

business ana5. Business Analyst

Business Analysts are responsible and accountable for all business aspects (i.e. technical, operational and economical) of the requirements and analysis phase of a project. They act as the primary resource in the requirements phase of a project and the primary business representative in the design and development phases of the project.

Average salary: $84,000

Top 5 Employers of Business Analysts:
USA: Wells Fargo, Mary Kay Inc., AT&T, IBM, Bank of America
UK: Lloyds Banking Group, NHS, Royal Bank of Scotland, IBM, Accenture
Ireland: Accenture, AIB, Dell, IBM, Bank of Ireland

6. .NET Developer
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.NET Developers design and build applications using the Microsoft .NET Web services development framework.

Average salary: $91,000

Top 5 Employers of .NET Developers:
USA: Hewlett-Packard, Deloitte, TEKsystems, Microsoft, Bank of America
UK: FDM Group, Barclays Investment Bank, Credit Suisse, BNP Paribas, Aviva
Ireland: DeCare Systems Ireland, Hewlett-Packard, Pioneer Investments, Spencer Stuart, Version 1

in-demand it job titles7. Web Developer

The Web Developer’s job is to build the operations end of an organisation’s websites and keep them running smoothly. This includes designing, building and implementing new web pages and sites; integrating sites with back-end applications; migrating legacy applications to the web; and performing day-to-day administration of the organisation’s web portfolio. Use of a variety of web languages is required.

Average salary: $82,000

Top 5 Employers of Web Developers:
USA: IBM, Viacom, GE Capital, Accenture, Microsoft
UK: Expedia INc., Capita, Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute, MegaNexus Ltd., Shiny Ideas
Ireland: AIBM, Ericsson, Hewlett-Packard, Paddy Power, Google

in-demand it job titles8. Systems Administrator

Computer Systems Administrator‘s install, maintain and support an organisation’s information technology systems. They test system components to ensure that computers, software and network equipment function seamlessly together. They may also be in charge of the company’s LAN, WAN, intranet or internet systems.

Average salary: $77,000

Top 5 Employers of Systems Adminstrators:
USA: Lockheed Martin, United States Air Force, Wells Fargo, US Army, Northrop Grumman Corporation
UK: BAE Systems, BT, Hewlett-Packard, Thales, Accenture
Ireland: Amazon, IBM, Hewlett-Packard, Pramerica, Dell

in-demand it job titles9. Project Manager

The role of Project Manager is to plan, execute and finalise projects according to strict deadlines and within budget. This includes acquiring resources and coordinating the efforts of the team members and third-party contractors or consultants, in order to deliver a project according to plan. They will also define the project’s objectives and oversee quality control throughout its life cycle.

Average salary: $93,000

Top 5 Employers of Project Managers:

USA: AT&T, IBM, Hewlett-Packard, Boeing, United States Air Force
UK: Lloyds Banking Group, Network Rail, Royal Bank of Scotland, BAE Systems, HSBC
Ireland: IBM, AIB, Bank of Ireland, Dell, Microsoft

in-demand it job titles10. Network Engineer

A Network Engineer (also known as a Network Architect) designs and implements computer networks. Unlike Network Administrators, who perform day-to-day support, the network engineer focuses on high level design and planning. They select the appropriate data communications components and configure them to meet user and corporate needs.

Average salary: $ 91,000

Top 5 Employers of Network Engineers:

USA: AT&T, Verizon, Verizon Enterprise Society, Hewlett-Packard, Spirnt
UK: BT, Virgin Media, Vodafone, Hewlett-Packard, CACI – Network Services
Ireland: Amazon, Google, Eircom, IBM, BT


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