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January 19, 2022
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The 6 Hottest Tech Jobs in 2022

If you’ve been thinking about a career in technology or want to level up, now’s your chance to move the needle and be part of the acceleration.

Here are the top technology jobs: 

DevOps Engineer

What they do: DevOps engineers build, test, and maintain the infrastructure and tools necessary for the speedy development and release of software systems. You could say they’re in charge of getting people, processes, and automation out the door and into the hands of users.

What core skills are required:

  • Coding and scripting
  • Data management
  • Automation
  • Project management
  • Cybersecurity skills

Why it’s hot: DevOps allow companies to ship their product faster. They simplify the software development lifecycle by automating and integrating the testing that’s required to move reliably into the next stage, whether from coding and deployment to regular software updates and maintenance.

Cloud Architect

What they do: Cloud architects are a unique division of IT specialists that manage the company’s cloud computing strategy. As many industries shift to digital-first platforms for their internal teams or offer cloud-based services, these positions are critical for information management and accessibility. Cloud architects are responsible for deploying and overseeing cloud environments, whether public, private, or hybrid.

What core skills are required

  • Cloud computing technology and infrastructure
  • High-level understanding of security
  • Experience designing and migrating applications to the cloud
  • Programming experience with Java, Node.js, Python, Ruby, and more

Why it’s hot: Cloud environments eliminate the need for physical, location-bound servers, storage, and networking infrastructure. By implementing cloud services, companies can provide higher bandwidth to their users and data can be accessed and stored from anywhere in the world — at any time.

Product Manager

What they do: Product managers are responsible for carrying out the lifecycle of a product, from its inception and go-to-market strategy to the final stages of maturity. They’re the people who keep a pulse on evolving customer needs and close in on any gaps through the lens of the company’s high-level business objectives.

“Product managers have a unique position because they get the ears of the customer and the executive team. They get to sit between the two main stakeholders and create the vision that satisfies both sides. We find that effective communicators and those that have experience in project management, typically make for some of the best product managers”  - Ronda Fakih, Talent Acquisition Partner (Product and UX), Harvest 

What core skills are required

  • Product roadmap and strategy
  • Risk management and analytical skills
  • Leadership and ability to motivate others
  • Agile, growth mindset to meet customers and team members where they’re at
  • Clear communication and precise decision-making

Why it’s hot: Product managers empower teams to build better products. They remove roadblocks, provide measurable outcomes, and design product roadmaps to move companies forward to reach milestone after milestone.

While tech companies can garner the reputation that they rely on tech stacks to do the heavy lifting, numerous roles don’t require direct technology experience — and product managers are one of them. They are influential players in getting products over the finish line and are highly sought-after talent.

UX and UI Designer

What they do: UX/UI designers create the look and feel of a website. They are graphic artists who transform ideas into visually compelling designs and usability, with the end goal to generate brand staying power through a smooth, intuitive user journey.

There are two types of web designers: user experience (UX) and user interface (UI). UX designers ensure websites are usable, enjoyable, and accessible., whereas UI designers leverage graphics, artwork, and typography to enhance the display of the product within various device views.

“Bad UI is blatantly obvious and can feel like torture in this day in age. Good UI, you don’t necessarily recognize what you’re doing or what the business is expecting you to do, it’s seamless. What’s great about a role in UI is that you get to advocate for the customer and get your ideas in front of them. There’s not a lot of jobs where you get to have a say in exactly what it looks like for the customer so you’re helping customers a lot of the time for things they don’t even know they need.”  - Ronda Fakih, Talent Acquisition Partner (Product and UX), Harvest 

What core skills are required

  • Visual design skills
  • Experience in Figma, Sketch,  CMS’s, Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator etc.
  • Time management and problem-solving
  • Communication and collaboration skills

Why it’s hot: UX and UI can make or break prospective customers’ first impression of a brand. Web designers bring the aesthetic elements of website and mobile applications to life, helping to nurture leads, convert visitors, and allow users to navigate a company’s website easily.

AI Architect

What they do: AI architects are responsible for making analytical decisions around the products, processes, and platforms to build and deploy AI models. They automate the planning, reasoning, and communication across nearly every function of their business to put companies ahead. 

What core skills are required

  • AI experience and deep understanding of applications, machine learning, and statistical analysis
  • Experience using Python and Torch
  • Planning and implementing solutions
  • Choosing the right tech stack
  • Monitor the evolution of AI architecture without disrupting it too much

Why it’s hot: Because AI is still a relatively emerging technology, nobody understands its full potential. So it’s up to AI architects to help create a vision of the future and conflate it with current business solutions.

Software Engineer

What they do: While their work frequently overlaps with developers, software engineers typically hail from extensive technical backgrounds and differ by creating programs for operating systems, not web-based platforms. 

“A really great software engineer is someone who can learn many programming languages. They don’t necessarily need to know the exact stack of a company that they join, but a good one should be able to pick it up quickly. Also, experience with microservices is something that is becoming more and more valuable for the scalability of the company. It’s a complex architecture but necessary for any tech company that wants to scale fast.” - Katie Fitzgibbon, Tech Recruitment Lead, Harvest 

What core skills are required

  • Coding and computer programming (JavaScript, Python, Ruby, etc.)
  • Deep understanding and experience in software testing
  • Troubleshooting and analytical skills 
  • Building applications and collaborating with dev teams, senior systems architects, data scientists, and more

Why it’s hot: Every industry and business today requires specific software to function at its best. And as our world grows increasingly digital, it only becomes more critical to have software systems to reduce complexity and bring quick and efficient fixes to the table.

Specialize your career in technology

Tech jobs aren’t going anywhere.

This industry is the place to be if you want to do meaningful work that stretches beyond the usual career constraints; find yourself breaking through ceilings, innovating game-changing solutions, and scaling personal and professional growth. 

These top technology jobs command the opportunity to really make a difference and become a huge economic driver. 

And now, more than ever, the Canadian Prairies are poised to become the newest tech hub. So if you’re looking to make waves in the tech industry, don’t wait a minute longer. Explore these open roles with Harvest.

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