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The 10 most in-demand tech jobs for 2020 — and how to hire for them

As companies scramble to adapt to a tight IT job market, they’re doing whatever they can to attract top tech talent.

For some that means getting a head start in filling this year’s most in-demand roles, which range from data-focused to security-related positions, according to Robert Half Technology’s 2020 IT salary report.

While Robert Half Technology acknowledges a lot will impact a company’s starting salary, including competition, location, corporate culture and budgets, there are certain things you can look for to make sure you land the talent you want.

Here are 10 jobs expected to be in demand for 2020, the skills and experience you should look for and the average salary you’ll want to pay to stay competitive.

Depending on the role, you’ll want to find candidates with degrees ranging from a bachelor’s in computer science or data science to candidates with a PhD who have extensive programming experience.

Developers need to be able to understand client requirements and be able to provide recommendations for improving web, software and mobile applications to ensure they meet user needs.

Skills and experience to look for: DevOps practices encourage faster code deployment with fewer deployment failures, so more companies are hiring engineers with DevOps experience to oversee coding, scripting and processes development.

Robert Half Technology breaks out the role of help desk technician into three tiers, given that the job description and requirements can vary significantly based on the business.

Skills and experience to look for: Data, information, systems, network and cloud security professionals are in demand as businesses increasingly rely on data for everyday business operations.

They’re also tasked with keeping on top of industry compliance regulations, future security trends and ensuring the business’s hardware, software and networks remain secure.