7 top high-paying IT careers of the future


One of the most remarkable things about the internet is that as time goes on, we learn more about it and discover new applications for it in our everyday lives, which has permanently changed how businesses are run. This rapid rate of development has lead to a very high demand for IT professionals across a wide spectrum of specialisations – meaning that employers are offering lucrative paychecks – and this trend will persist for at least the next decade.

The dynamic nature of the industry rewards prospective employees who select career specialisations that are predicted to have a high future growth potential, and these predictions are based on how the IT needs of businesses will change in the coming years. Below are 7 IT career paths predicted to have a high degree of relevance in the future and, as a plus, any of the 7 can be pursued after completing the respective course at the IT Certification Academy (ITCA).

Software Developer

Software developers create application-based solutions for problems that they uncover by studying the various needs of their users, helping them to solve problems more efficiently. This career path could have you developing a photo editing tool for smartphones or a new accounting software suite for computers, depending on how you choose to advance in the field. With businesses moving to app-based solutions – and with consumers implicitly expecting this from businesses as a result – software developers will be sought after for a long time.

Web Developer

These professionals are experts in every component of designing websites including functionality, the look and feel, SEO, efficiency, security and more. Every year new businesses are entering the market and, with websites being an essential point of interaction for most businesses and their customers, this means that new websites are constantly being created. However, with the proliferation of social media, websites need to have more engaging and with responsive user interfaces, features and a strong point-of-difference in order to remain relevant to customers, and so creative web developers will be more in demand than ever.

Information Security Analyst

Broadly speaking, the job of an information security analyst is to ensure that businesses are using their technology safely, essentially helping businesses implement as many preventative measures as possible. They do this by planning and rolling-out security measures and software to protect an organisation’s networks and IT systems against cyber threats and, with the ever-growing threat of cybercrime, their roles and responsibilities are constantly evolving.

Database Administrator

DBAs are responsible for overseeing the vast swaths of data underpinning most businesses, and they do this by storing, analysing and precisely organising the digital information with special software. DBAs have a very important job as they have to protect against data loss – which costs South African companies millions – and being able to secure and protect this data is becoming an essential requirement for many businesses.

Computer Support Specialist

These professionals provide businesses, their staff, their customers or individuals with technical support pertaining to issues in IT and the internet. They make use of software and equipment to help people solve problems they were not able to solve on their own, and with the dynamic nature of IT, the skills required from these specialists will evolve over time. One of the perks of this job that appeal to many is that it is a service that can often be provided remotely, via the phone or a live chat.

Systems Engineer

Systems engineers are highly essential staff who monitor all the digital systems and infrastructure that have been installed in a company – such as a digital server – ensuring that all processes are running optimally and eliminating bottlenecks as they arise. When necessary, the engineer must also be able to install, configure and test operating systems and ensure continued stability in the systems, and the volatility of such systems means that systems engineers must be readily available.

Network Administrator

Businesses are discovering that the digital realm offers a myriad of opportunities to improve productivity, and one way that has been proven to be highly effective is the implementation of improved computer systems and network infrastructure. As a result, network administrators will be increasingly demanded in the near future, particularly in companies that are in the process of transitioning to digital systems or internet-based operations.


These career paths align with how the demands on the IT industry will be shaped in the coming decades, as internet and technology continue to revolutionise the way that businesses engage with their markets. As a prospective employee looking to forge a long and distinguished career in the field, getting your foot in the door now while the demand for these jobs is at its peak will place you in a good position to become a leading expert in whichever specialisation you choose.