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Seattle's 8 Most In-Demand Jobs Seattle's job market is still favorable in 2022; we dug into the data to help you get your next gig
Seattle's 8 Most In-Demand Jobs Seattle's job market is still favorable in 2022; we dug into the data to help you get your next gig

With the pandemic impacting employment for nearly two years, more organizations experiencing digital transformations, and the great worker shortage tightening the labor market, determining what roles will flourish might feel a bit daunting.

The good news is that the market is still favorable if you’re thinking of making a career change. To help you search for your next potential job, we dug into the data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) and labor market analytics firm Lightcast to compile a list of Seattle’s most in-demand jobs. Read on to discover where the hottest work is in Seattle right now and the UW certificate, course and degree programs to help you steer your career.

1. Web Developers

Tasked with bringing e-commerce platforms, business websites and applications to life by crafting them from the ground up, web developers continue to be one of the most in-demand professions in today’s digital world.

As an established tech hub home to Amazon, Microsoft, Google, Zillow, Oracle and more, Seattle’s a hotbed for software and web developers. Lightcast found that employers posted 15,409 web developer jobs in the Seattle metro area in 2021, far higher than the national average of 2,339. Web developers are handsomely paid, too, netting a median annual salary of $145,734 in 2021, which is 89% higher than national compensation.

If you want to explore a career as a web developer, you’ll need a strong mix of coding skills, with proficiency in HTML, CSS and JavaScript to start. Luckily, the UW offers a variety of programs to help add to your toolkit:

Looking for more? Explore all our programming and tech programs.

2. Data Scientists

Studying social media posts. Sequencing genes. Big data keeps getting bigger. So does the demand for skilled data scientists who have the power to transform raw numbers into decision-making insights.

The BLS projects that well-paying jobs in data science will only continue to expand in the state of Washington, estimating a 34% increase in job growth by 2028. Additionally, Lightcast found Washington data scientists earn an annual median wage of $120,701 — 23% higher than national compensation. a 34% increase in job growth by 2028. Additionally, Lightcast found Washington data scientists earn an annual median wage of $120,701 — 23% higher than national compensation.

Data scientists are skilled at collecting data and finding the meaning in it. Learn how to acquire valuable insights from data sets and use statistical modeling, machine learning, software engineering and more to improve business decisions with the UW’s variety of programs in the field.

Looking for more? Explore all our data and analytics programs.

3. Marketing Managers

An essential revenue driver for many organizations, marketing brings real value to the table. As a result, marketing managers — the professionals spearheading marketing campaigns, creating advertising plans and managing budgets — are increasingly in demand, especially in Washington. The BLS estimates 56% growth in marketing manager jobs in the Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue area between 2018 and 2028, nearly five times the national average of 10%.

Whether you aspire to be a marketing manager or are interested in digital strategy, UW Professional & Continuing Education offers numerous programs that can help launch your career.

Looking for more? Explore all our marketing programs.

4. Market Research Analysts 

Just as businesses rely on data scientists to turn numbers into decision-making insights, they also need analytically minded professionals to crunch data to learn more about their customers, competitors and industry.

The desire to collect and analyze customer demographics, preferences, opinions, needs and habits to craft marketing strategies has caused market research analyst jobs to experience faster than average growth. The BLS expects roles in this field will grow 28% between 2018 and 2028 in the Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue area.

To be a true numbers-cruncher, a background in a field with data components, such as data analytics, research or visualization, combined with statistics is beneficial. Explore these UW programs to get a leg up.

Looking for more? Explore all our data and analytics programs.

5. CYBERSECURITY ANALYSTS

From compromised customer accounts to multinational ransomware attacks, data breaches are a fast-growing threat to information of all kinds. According to Tech Republic, more than five billion records were comprised in 2019, which cost organizations in the United States more than $1.2 trillion.

More than ever, businesses are looking for another line of defense to protect their customers' data, causing a high demand for cybersecurity analysts. Lightcast projects a 19% increase in job growth for cybersecurity analysts (also known as information security analysts) in the Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue area by 2030.

Looking to start or further your career in cybersecurity? UW has numerous programs that can help.

Looking for more? Explore all our security & information management programs.

If you’re not ready to dive into a full certificate or degree program, you can build a foundation in cybersecurity with our online Essentials of Cybersecurity, offered through edX.

6. PROJECT MANAGERS

Responsible for guiding complex projects involving cross-functional teams, project managers are key to bringing new ideas to life. And with companies in industries ranging from aerospace to education and health care to software continually innovating, project managers are one of Washington’s highly sought-after jobs.

Estimates from the BLS point to a 14% increase in project management roles in the Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue area from 2018 to 2028, more than double the national rate of 6%. What’s more, detailed-oriented project managers in the greater Seattle area earn an average median salary of $85,329 in 2021, which is 10% higher than the rest of the nation, according to Lightcast.

If you want to start or advance your education in project management, UW offers several certificate programs and courses that can help.

Looking for more? Explore all our management programs.

7. SUPPLY CHAIN LOGISTICIANS

After the panic buying during the pandemic caused delivery delays, it’s no surprise that supply chain logisticians are in demand. According to the BLS, "employment is expected to grow as companies need more logisticians to move products more efficiently, solve problems and identify areas for improvement." 

The BLS projects an 11% increase in logistician jobs in the Seattle area from 2018 to 2028. And Lightcast notes with a median wage of $91,013 in 2020, regional compensation is 19% higher than the national average.

If you’re skilled with math, statistics and engineering principles and making systems work more efficiently, supply chain logistics might be the right field for you. Gain the quantitative and analytical skills you need with the UW Online Master of Supply Chain Transportation & Logistics and make an impact on your current job and long-term career trajectory.

8. FINANCIAL MANAGERS

As the amount of data we use daily continues to grow, so does the desire for money-savvy professionals to interpret the numbers to help business leaders make smart, informed choices.

As a result, companies are looking to add more financial managers to ensure they’re maximizing profits, reducing costs and reaching financial goals. The BLS estimates a 21% increase in job growth for financial managers between 2018 and 2028, which is much higher than the national average growth of 17%. 

Interested in starting or advancing your career in modern finance? Proficiency in preparing business forecasts and analyzing financial trends is invaluable. These UW certificates and degrees can help by supplying the skills to pave the way.

Need help choosing a program? Compare our applied math programs.

 

Source: Lightcast – lightcast.io/


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