US News Reveals 100 Best Jobs – IT Jobs are Top Contenders

The news is out – IT is one of the hottest career paths on the market today. US News’ top 100 jobs list compiles the best jobs in the U.S. based on job growth, salary, hiring demand, employment rate, stress level and work-life balance. While a diverse range of jobs span the list, from dental hygienist to sales representative, three out of the top ten jobs are in IT. This is yet another sure indicator that the IT sector is growing by leaps and bounds – and it’s looking for talented workers to fill all these newly added positions.

Whether it’s being a software developer, computer systems analyst or information security analyst, the Department of Labor predicts at minimum a 20 percent employment growth for each of these fields through 2022. For a software developer alone, both application developers and systems-focused developers, there will be nearly 140,000 brand new positions. That’s a lot of jobs in a sector that has habitually not had enough talent to fill all its open positions.

Are you looking to land one of those new positions but aren’t sure how to start? The best thing you can do is become certified. Certifications are a big deal in the IT field. Whether you’ve been working the field and want your skills accredited or are just getting started and want a solid foundation to springboard from, certs are the way to go. It proves your professional excellence and highlights your motivation to stay up to date on the latest technology.

Hoping to land U.S. News’ number one tech job, software development? Earning a CompTIA Linux+ Powered by LPI certification will make you a top candidate. As a software developer you’ll be spending a whole lot of time working with operating systems, the biggest and most universally used of which happens to be Linux. Earning a certification in Linux+, a CompTIA certification that is universally recognized, will make a world of difference when hunting for that dream software job.

Maybe you’re more interested in being a computer systems analyst – U.S. News’ second highest ranking tech job. The CompTIA Network+ certification is the way to go if you want to stand out from the crowd. As a systems analyst you’ll need the knowledge to understand the intricacies and interactions of computer systems and networks. Network+ certifies you to do all that and more, including security knowledge, troubleshooting and administering key systems. With the Network+ certification under your belt, you’re more than ready to be the best computer systems analyst you can be.

CompTIA has many more certifications to help you on your way to U.S. News’ other top tech jobs, including positions like information security analyst, IT manager and computer support specialist. Certifications such as CompTIA Security+, CompTIA Project+ andCompTIA A+ are accolades you’ll need if you’re serious about getting any of these high-growth IT jobs.