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16 Tech Roles That Are Experiencing A Shortage Of Talent

If you’ve been working in the tech space for any amount of time, you know there are tech talent shortages. Companies across the globe are investing in technology to improve business operations and strategies. The demand for specific technology experts is increasing, and leaders are seeing a shortage of people qualified to hold these roles.

Below, industry leaders from Forbes Technology Council discuss some of the positions that are suffering or will suffer from a lack of experts within the next five years. If you’re looking to start or develop your career in the tech industry, consider pursuing one of the following 16 tech roles.

1. Software Coders/No-Code Developers

The long-running shortage of software coders will persist, but hybrid roles bridging the gap between IT and end-user groups are already addressing this. These citizen developers use their operations knowledge with no-code application platforms to build the software they need to solve their teams’ specific challenges. With demand for these implementers on the rise, this role might be the next that sees a shortage of talent. – Dave Landa, Kintone

2. Artificial Intelligence Specialists

While we will continue to see a shortage of multiple cybersecurity roles in the future due to the only gradual increase of cybersecurity educational programs across our nation, I believe artificial intelligence specialists will continue to be a scarce commodity in our environment. As AI becomes more prevalent in our society, the two largest roles, AI specialist and AI psychologist, will remain difficult to fill. – John Hocking, Killeen ISD

3. Data Experts

Over the next five years, I expect we’ll see a shortage of data experts. Recent strides in democratized AI mean that instead of companies struggling to find AI talent, they’ll be struggling to find data experts who can properly clean, filter and integrate data for AI use. As AI demand soars for everything from data cataloging and prep to integration, these experts will be more valuable than ever. – Ed Macosky, Boomi

4. Data Engineers

I expect to see a shortage of data engineers. New skill sets such as machine learning have made the data engineering field more competitive than ever before. Companies tend to only hire data scientists, but a data engineer not only has the skills of a data scientist but can also build complex databases and develop the programming associated with collecting, analyzing and managing data assets. – David Finkelstein, BDEX

5. AI QA And Compliance Experts

AI quality assurance and compliance experts are greatly needed. As in any growing and well-paying new field, the experts want to “do” and develop AI, not test or check against bias issues. The need is there for quality assurance and compliance, and this need will grow soon as companies and the government realize AI is an asymmetrical tool that can do a lot of good but can also empower bad actors against individual consumers. – Tsvi Lev, NEC Corporation


6. AI Governance Experts

With increasing scrutiny and fines for misuse, AI governance will become a necessity in the next few years. Legal-tech experts who can evaluate and score the risks of AI models will be in high demand. – Murray Foxcroft, ProArch

7. Martech Roles

There is an immense number of people who understand marketing; likewise, there’s an immense number of people who understand technology. There are not, however, many people who understand the power of technology to fuel marketing, revenue generation and sales tactics. I think martech roles are a huge gap in the recruitment space. – Amanda Dorenberg, COMMB

8. Explainers

A role that is experiencing a shortage is explainers — people who can interpret the decisions made by AI and communicate the reasoning behind those decisions in an engaging way to a nontechnical audience. This role will be critical to help build trust in our AI co-workers as well as ensure the accountability of AI builders. This role is a bit data scientist and a bit presenter — someone who understands, engages and communicates exceptionally well. – Tim Kulp, Mind Over Machines

9. Technology Generalists

As technologies collide and silos are broken down, there is a growing need for technology generalists. There will always be a need for experts. However, there is a need for personnel operating at the edges and intersections where innovation is booming. There is a growing shortage of generalists who have a wide range of technical knowledge and can bring solutions together. – Ritesh Mukherjee, Reliance Jio

10. Enterprise Architects

While the majority of the focus is on shortages of information security talent, I believe that there will be a real shortage of enterprise architects, who are required to design applications and platforms that scale and have response times commensurate with business growth. – Mark Schlesinger, Broadridge Financial Solutions

11. App Developers

I think we will see a shortage of app developers over the next several years. Business owners and marketers in the tech industry want to build custom platforms for their brands, so a mobile application makes sense. As more leaders decide to develop an application, we will see a surge in demand for developers. Depending on the scale of this push, we could see a shortage of talent. – Thomas Griffin, OptinMonster

12. AR And MR Architects

There’s likely to be a shortage of augmented and mixed reality experience architects. AR and MR are redefining the customer experiences and journey. These technologies are going to be pervasive and require a new set of skills to be able to imagine the new experiences, design the 3D models, associate AI/ML algorithms, work on architecture and observability, enable technology adoption and development, and improve DevOps in the cloud. – Gaurav Aggarwal, Avanade Inc.

13. Cloud Technology Experts

The roles that are likely to experience shortages are any roles dealing with cloud technologies: cloud architects, cloud engineers, cloud security and cloud gurus in general. The pandemic only accelerated corporate cloud transformation, and more business workloads are moving to the cloud. All of this is being done while cloud experts continue to be in short supply. – Juliette Rizkallah, SailPoint

14. Electrical Engineers

The global electric vehicle market is expected to grow with a compound annual growth rate of 29% over the next five years. Electric vehicles create a demand for electrical engineers who can design and develop electrical vehicle components. The most sought-after electrical engineers will be those who specialize in battery consumption optimization and, thus, enable EVs to charge faster and drive longer. – Adi Ekshtain, Amaryllis Payment Solutions

15. Cybersecurity Professionals

Today, there is a significant shortage of information and cybersecurity professionals, and this shortage will only get worse. Colleges, universities and even secondary schools are including cybersecurity into their curriculums, both in-class and through clubs. While this is admirable and will definitely help, without more training opportunities, we’ll still fall short, and the shortage will worsen. – James Carder, LogRhythm

16. DevSecOps Professionals

Companies now realize the value of shifting security into software development, highlighting a growing need for DevSecOps professionals. Demand will accelerate, but without adequate sources for training, the industry will experience a significant shortfall in talent. To fill the gap, companies will look to automation tools and data that can be consumed in the context of developers’ workflows. – Tucker Callaway, LogDNA

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