The Hottest Job Opportunities of 2013

26Even with the overall economy under pressure, some sectors are hot and companies are struggling to find certain candidates for open positions. Here are some of the hardest to fill job opportunities for 2013, according to industry blogs and business websites.

Data Scientists reports that Facebook processes 2.5 billion pieces of content and more than 500 terabytes of data each day. Big data is hot this year and companies are scouring the country for data scientists.

It’s not just big companies that need people capable of building the software infrastructure that extracts valuable insights from asymmetric data – marketing departments are now getting in on the act, looking for data analysts capable of making their content strategies more effective.

So what do you need to take advantage of the big data boom? Employers are looking for candidates with Hadoop and NoSQL experience. expects 2013 to be the year when Hadoop adoption goes ‘a lot more mainstream and turns into a tornado’. reports that the ‘Big Data market is estimated to reach $18.1 billion in 2013, an annual growth of 61%.

Mobile App Developers and Interface Developers

After years of hearing that “this is the year of mobile”, it seems to have finally arrived. Companies are now thinking mobile-first when they develop websites and software. This has created high demand for people with user interface and user experience (UI/UX) development knowledge.

According to, software engineers with proven experience in iOS and Android app development are in high demand. The sector’s potential was highlighted this year when 17-year-old Nick D’Aloisio sold an app to Yahoo for £19m.

The blog states that user interface developers need ‘an array of skills in client-side technologies such as JavaScript and JavaScript libraries such as jQuery, jQuery UI, EXT JS, YUI, Prototype, or others’. Recruiters are hungry for people who know how to create compelling design on smart phones or tablets.

Cloud Computing Experts

Cloud providers are making it easier for small enterprises to host their data and software services online rather than on expensive, in-house servers. This frees them up to focus on growing their business. notes that once a company takes off it needs people with cloud experience to manage ‘cloud infrastructure and operations with a cloud host’.

It’s not just cloud specialists who are in demand. Recruiters in all sectors are looking for candidates with Amazon Web Services and Linux system administration experience, with DevOps a growing market.

Enterprise Software Experience

Software-as-a-service is growing fast, as are business-to-business services. As an example, Adobe recently announced that its Photoshop and Creative Suite software will soon only be available as a subscription service.

Companies in these areas need candidates with experience in enterprise software across a wide range of departments, from sales to product management. If you have experience in how to scale software services and manage customers, 2013 might just be your year.

Web Developers

Recruiters are finding it hard in 2013 to find candidates with a wide range of web development skills including PHP, Python, Java and, in particular, Ruby on Rails. Demand is so high that developers are creating consultancy firms to tap into the need for experienced developers, according to

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