Despite tech sector layoffs, the outlook is bright for developers on the job market. Here's why it pays to look before you leap in 2023.
By Bob Violino Contributing writer, InfoWorld | FEB 21, 2023 2:00 AM PST
Software developers who have been caught up in the recent surge of tech layoffs can expect to find plenty of job opportunities—they just might have to look beyond tech. Career experts say hiring remains steady in transportation, manufacturing, healthcare, and other sectors. All are looking for developers with the skills to create innovative products and services. “We are seeing all industries hiring developers because they need to continue to support, or further develop, the technology that they have,” says Thomas Vick, regional director in Texas for the technology practice at employment agency and consultancy Robert Half. “For most companies, the ongoing need for developers has continued even through hiring freezes or layoffs,” Vick says. “We are seeing that projects related to website refreshes [and] digitalization, security, and data/cloud migrations are the highest priority to most.” [ Also on InfoWorld: How to manage software developers without micromanaging ] Robert Half expects to see continuing high demand for developers throughout the year. The economy might be slower but the need to maintain or further develop organizational technology is not going anywhere. “We anticipate these needs will be across all industries,” Vick says. “While some companies are taking a more measured approach to their hiring or their internal headcount, we still see that most companies out there anticipate needing to hire this year.”
TABLE OF CONTENTS
Every company is a tech company
Developer jobs in key industries
Fields to watch: IoT and cybersecurity
Software development is still the top job
What companies are looking for
Every company is a tech company Software has become integral to most mainstream business operations due to the demand for effective e-commerce, cloud-based data solutions, and the focus on better customer experience. As a result, organizations in many sectors are on the lookout for good developers. “Every company today is a tech company in some capacity, and that’s certainly true when it comes to software development,” says Nick Kolakowski, senior editor of Dice Insights at technology career marketplace Dice. [W]e expect that the demand for developers will only continue to grow, especially in the industries undergoing large-scale digital transformation efforts.“Outside of tech, nearly every industry vertical has a need for software developers, from finance and insurance to manufacturing to healthcare to aerospace/defense,” Kolakowski says. “In finance, there’s an intense need for developers who can build increasingly sophisticated systems; for example, using Python to build financial models.” [ ‘IT has a new ‘It Crowd’: Join the CIO Tech Talk Community ] Meanwhile, customized software is used to make manufacturing processes more efficient, and developers are needed for everything from customized production scheduling to product life cycle management, Kolakowski says. “Throughout the pandemic and beyond, we’ve seen strong hiring from defense and aerospace contractors such as General Dynamics and Lockheed Martin,” he says. “Thanks to continual government spending, these companies have a steady stream of projects that require many types and levels of tech professionals, which includes software developers.” Even though recent layoff news from big technology companies is making technology professionals feel less secure about their jobs, “job market prospects are still bright for software developers,” says Sinem Buber, lead economist with jobs site ZipRecruiter. Many non-traditional technology companies in automotive, education technology, healthcare, and food technology had a hard time attracting top talent during the severe labor shortages of the last two years. Now, they are chasing after developers laid off from traditional tech companies, Buber says. Developer jobs in key industries High technology has become integral to nearly every area of business, resulting in an expanding field of opportunity for software engineers. Here's a look at key industries currently hiring developers and the type of work that is available:
In financial services, developers are needed to create applications for e-commerce websites; budgeting programs; bookkeeping; online banking; tax management; and for financial forecasting.
In healthcare, there is need for applications and systems for electronic health records; medical practice management; online appointment scheduling; online medical billing; scheduling and patient management for specialty practitioners; telehealth; patient engagement; remote patient monitoring; electronic prescriptions; clinical trial management; and hospital management services.
In manufacturing, custom applications and systems are needed for production tracking; manufacturing scheduling; time and productivity management; supply-chain management; work-order management; computer-aided manufacturing; environment, health and safety software; accounting; preventative maintenance; and inventory management.
In the automotive sector, developers can build applications for real-time status tracking for vehicle maintenance; designing vehicle models; vehicle safety such as automated lighting and braking; vehicle navigation; vehicle diagnostics; dealership management; on-board diagnosis; fleet management; and automobile parts inventory management.
In insurance, they can work on applications for internal workflow automation; automating claims management and processing; telematics systems; chatbots for communications; fraud detection; and insurance data analytics.