5 hot new IT jobs — and why they just might stick

There’s a critical need for big data engineers in cloud development. Financial services and insurance companies must constantly improve their systems and enhance automation capabilities, to extract meaning from big data.

“The complexities vary depending on the size of the company and the number of customers, but even smaller companies have a big appetite for using large amounts of data,” says Alon Kleinman, Vice President of Engineering at Earnix. “Companies in financial services and insurance, in particular, have to constantly improve their systems and enhance automation capabilities, which is a prerequisite for extracting meaning from big data and then using those insights to make informed decisions in real time.”

Big data developers are both highly in demand and some of the best-paying jobs in the technology sector. IT staffing firm Robert Half calls big data engineering its No. 1 paying job. “Businesses need individuals who can transform large amounts of raw data into actionable information for strategy-setting, decision-making, and innovation,” the firm reports.