Employment Outlook For UK IT Professionals

The employment outlook of this coder is very good, he looks like he's good at his job
It takes four years to study for a Computer Science bachelor's degree and a further two to three years to complete a master's so it’s worth considering what the employment outlook of the IT sector will be like when you qualify.

Most Desirable Jobs in IT

The most popular IT jobs are not necessarily the highest-paid. Of course, some have an attractive salary, but others are really interesting jobs or a great way to get your foot in the door.

1. Computer & Information Research Scientists

Arguably among the most exciting and highest paying jobs in IT, Computer & Information Research Scientists are responsible for inventing and designing new approaches to computer technology.

Salary Expectations of a Computer & Information Research Scientist

The salary range for Computer & Information Research Scientists spans from about £35,000 at entry-level to over £100,000 with experience.

Career Outlook for Computer & Information Research Scientists

The career outlook for Computer & Information Research Scientists is very positive, with demand set to increase by 22% by 2030.

2. Computer Network Architects

Also known as IT Architects or Solutions Architects; Computer Network Architects are responsible for designing and creating data communication networks. They must have a broad knowledge of both hardware and software and must constantly keep up to date with the latest IT solutions.

Salary Expectations of a Computer Network Architect

The salary range for Computer & Information Research Scientists spans from about £45,000 at entry-level to over £105,000 with experience.

Career Outlook of a Computer Network Architect

Companies’ growing needs to expand their IT networks make architects highly sought-after. However, as this is such a niche skillset, the demand is only set to increase by 5% by 2030, which is less than average for most jobs.

This software and hardware are what computer network architects work with
Computer Network Architects must stay up to date with the latest hardware and software solutions.

3. Computer Programmers

Also known as Software Engineers and Application Developers, Computer Programmers are one of the most in-demand workers in tech. However, programmers can work remotely and from anywhere in the world, many companies choose to outsource and hire in countries where wages are significantly lower.

Salary Expectations for a Computer Programmer

As is it possible to gain entry to Computer Programming at a reasonably low level, the salary range starts at the lower end of the pay scale, around £21,000. However, it is possible to achieve a sizeable paycheck by gaining a few years of experience with top salaries up to £70,000.

Career Outlook for a Computer Programmer

The IT industry anticipates demand for coding skills to decline by 7% by 2030. However, this is partly due to the increasing popularity of no-code software creation, which is an example of how IT jobs evolve rather than become obsolete.

4. Computer Support Specialists

A popular entry route into the world of IT is gaining an entry-level role as a Computer Support Specialist. Also known as IT Support Technician, Network Support Engineer and Tech Support to name but a few, this is an invaluable job role that assists computer companies and users. The support they provide can be concerning either computer software or hardware devices such as scanners, printers, laptops or communications networks.

Salary Expectations for a Computer Support Specialist

It is possible to gain an entry-level Computer Support role without formal qualifications at a starting salary of around £19,000. However, this is a role that can open many doors to many other job roles in IT with the potential to earn up to £60,000.

Career Outlook for a Computer Support Specialist

Many companies depend on their Computer Support Specialists to enable their workforce to work remotely. Therefore, the industry expects demand for these skills to increase by 9% by 2030.

IT employees with desirable jobs
Computer Support Specialists are some of the most in-demand IT professionals right now.

5. Computer Systems Analysts

Computer Systems Analysts have some of the most attractive entry-level jobs. A bachelor’s degree in Computer Science is a popular route as it opens the door to many graduate schemes. That said, a degree is not necessary, and it is possible to become a Computer Systems Analyst with previous experience as a Computer Support Specialist.

Salary Expectations for a Computer Systems Analysts

The salary range for a Computer Systems Analyst can be anywhere from £22,000 at entry-level to £60,000 with experience.

Career Outlook for a Computer Systems Analysts

The demand for expertise and experience in this field is expected to grow by 7% between now and 2030, which is in line with the average for most jobs.

A Few Final Thoughts on the Employment Outlook of IT Professionals in the UK

The employment outlook statistics mentioned above are from the American Bureau of Labour Statistics. However, the same employment trends tend to follow suit globally, particularly with more companies offering remote working.
If you are keen to find out more about what UK employers offer workers with the above skills, please check out our latest IT jobs.

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Hi there! I’m Rachael, Marketing Manager at Adria Solutions Ltd. Read more about me here: https://www.adriasolutions.co.uk/blog