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The 10 Fastest Growing Job Titles

The 10 Fastest Growing Job Titles
The future of tech and how the Digital Industrial Economy will change business. / Credit: Circuit board image via Shutterstock

Technology jobs have replaced those in middle management as the positions employers are trying to fill most, new research shows.

A study by job matching service TheLadders revealed that the fastest-growing jobs shy away from management, and instead require deep educational qualifications and specific skills in the areas of science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

Of the fastest growing job titles over the last five years, seven of the top 10 are technology positions that necessitate specific technical skills for developing software and mining data. Based on their data, the fastest-growing job titles between 2008 and 2013 were:

  • DevOps engineer
  • iOS developer
  • Data scientist
  • UX designer
  • Staff accountant
  • Paralegal
  • UI developer
  • Administrative assistant
  • Android developer
  • Business intelligence developer

Indicating a trend beyond employment, four of the seven fastest-growing technology jobs — DevOps engineer, iOS developer, data scientist and Android developer — did not even exist on TheLadders five years ago.

"In examining job growth over the past five years, there is an undeniable demand for developers and analysts who possess unique expertise within the burgeoning STEM industries," said Shankar Mishra, vice president of data science and analytics for TheLadders. "On the opposite end of the spectrum, once-coveted management jobs are rapidly declining, revealing a trend that high-earning professionals are not necessarily on a management track, nor do they desire to be."

The study found that the growth rate of job titles containing the word "manager" is 25 percent lower than average growth rate, and the rate of titles containing the word "director" is 50 percent lower. In addition, within the top 10 percent of growing jobs, less than 2 percent of titles contain the word "manager" or "director."

The research was based on the examination of key words and phrases that job seekers use to search for jobs, along with employers' word choices for job postings on TheLadders.

Originally published on BusinessNewsDaily.

Chad  Brooks
Chad Brooks

Chad Brooks is a Chicago-based freelance writer who has nearly 15 years experience in the media business. A graduate of Indiana University, he spent nearly a decade as a staff reporter for the Daily Herald in suburban Chicago, covering a wide array of topics including, local and state government, crime, the legal system and education. Following his years at the newspaper Chad worked in public relations, helping promote small businesses throughout the U.S. Follow him on Twitter.

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