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Which IT jobs will be in demand in 2015?

With 2015 just around the corner – many IT candidates may soon be looking to enter the workforce or find a fresh opportunity.

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But what will be the hottest and most sought-after jobs in 2015? Given the diversity and complexity of this sector, the in-demand roles and skill sets are constantly changing, and it’s worth knowing where the spotlight will shine in the coming year.

Fortunately, US-based job website Sologig.com has compiled a list of what are likely to be the fastest-growing IT jobs of 2015. While the study is centred on stateside trends, it can provide a useful guide in a global context as to where the IT jobs of tomorrow will be focused.

Information security comes out on top

“The information technology sector can expect healthy headcount expansion next year,” said Sologig.com Director Rob Morris.

“However, many of the fastest growing occupations are the very ones recruiters are already having a hard time finding candidates to fill existing positions. As companies’ tech needs grow and as competition for top talent heats up, we expect starting compensation to continue its climb for the most qualified tech professionals.”

According to Sologig.com‘s analysis, information security analyst roles are set to enjoy the fastest growth from 2014 to 2015 – with a 4.3 per cent increase. The website estimates there could be around 3,497 new information security analyst jobs in 2014-2015.

In joint second place were software developers (applications) and computer systems analysts, with jobs in these areas set to pick up by 3 per cent. Web developers followed close behind, with 2.7 per cent.

Computer and information research scientists, software developers (systems software) and computer user support specialists also made the list.

Securing a secure future

It’s no wonder why so many companies are looking to invest in information security specialists, given that this continues to be one of the most pressing issues for businesses. According to PwC’s 2015 Global State of Information Security Survey, large organisations (those with gross annual revenues of at least $1 billion) detected 44 per cent more cybersecurity incidents this year compared to 2013.

The problem is certainly not going unnoticed in Australia. According to the latest Cyber Crime & Security Survey from CERT – the Australian government agency dedicated to cybersecurity – nearly one in five (16 per cent) organisations in the country have no staff dedicated to IT security. However, nearly all (95 per cent) identified the need for general staff to improve their IT security skills.

As Australian companies recognise the need for robust enterprise IT security, hiring for the professionals with these skills is surely set to rise.