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Need a career change? Demand for software developers and engineers is on the rise


The Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) has redefined every aspect of work in modern times. In every organization today, the IT-department is no longer a peripheral unit/office stashed at an inconspicuous corner, but a central cog in the company’s gearwheel.

Without a properly functional IT department, most modern companies wouldn’t run a day with serious paralysis.

The demand for jobs in the IT sector is at an all-time high and this trend will remain unperturbed for quite some time.

Janco Associates, an IT consultancy firm based in the United States says that in the past year, more than 11,000 IT jobs were added in U.S firms every month.

“All signs point to that growth continuing,” The consultancy notes.

The Computing Technology Industry Association (CompTIA) recently released a report that indicated over 12,000 jobs were added to the tech industry between February and March this year. Out of these, software developers and system engineers/architects took up more than half of all available slots.

CompTIA further notes that across the United States, there are more than 115,000 software developer and engineering vacancies to fill. These vacancies spread across fields such as IT support specialists, IT project managers, systems engineers and architects, and network engineers and architects.

In Africa, the same phenomenon is being experienced as the continent rushes to develop homegrown solutions to its problems. Organizations are tapping into the youthful population and paying top dollar for the most talented individuals.

The continent is also witnessing revolutionary ideas aimed at meeting local needs in education, health, agriculture, insurance and other sectors.

African products that have captured global attention such as Kenya’s Mpesa and Nigeria’s Flutterwave have underlined the continent’s potential to produce competitive tech-based products.

Global tech giants such as Google, Microsoft and Visa have invested heavily in innovation hubs around the continent, raising the demand for developers and engineers to unprecedented levels.

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Simon is a tech enthusiast who keeps a close eye on emerging technologies, startups and the general business environment. You will often catch him totally immersed and drooling over Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality, IoT and just about any other tech that promises to revolutionize the way we live. Send tips to snderitu@techtrendske.co.ke

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