Most Difficult IT Jobs to Fill


The unemployment rate among IT professionals is sitting well below the 3 percent mark in many cities, leaving businesses struggling to fill critical vacancies. While hiring in the field is challenging practically across the board, certain skill sets are particularly hard to find. Here is a look at the 10 most challenging IT jobs to fill today.

  1. Technical Directors and Managers

Typically functioning as one of the highest tiers in the IT leadership structure, technical directors and managers aren’t especially easy to find. Often, this is due to the fact that a broad range of skills is required to successfully manage technical processes and the individuals making up the teams.

  1. SAP Managers

To work effectively as an SAP manager, the person must have a high level of experience with SAP Solution Manager software and the ability to guide the actions of those who report to them. And not many candidates bring everything needed to the table.

  1. System Analysts

System analysts are responsible for the analysis, design, and implementation of a variety of IT solutions within an organization. The work requires in-depth knowledge of hardware and software along with design and implementation requires.

  1. Java Architects

One of the most in-demand programming languages today is Java, so it’s no surprise that competition for Java architects is fierce. These individuals have to have experience on both the application and infrastructure side of Java-based operations, which isn’t something everyone familiar with Java possesses.

  1. Salesforce CRM Developers

Salesforce leads the way in the CRM space, with the system being used by more than 150,000 customers across the globe. Its popularity means professionals that have high-level skills in regards to the platform are in high demand, making them hard for many companies to find.

  1. Database Architects

Data is critical to the operations of more businesses today than ever before, making database architects highly sought after. The skills needed to work in these roles include everything from database creation and design to system deployment and management. In some cases, an understanding of infrastructure is also vital.

  1. Cybersecurity Consultants

Most people are aware that cyber threats can devastate a company. Many businesses turn to cybersecurity consultants to find issues with their current system security and for solution recommendations. Professionals working in the field possess a strong understanding of hardware, software, networks, and applications, and finding someone with the right competencies can be a challenge.

  1. Embedded Software Engineers

The demand for embedded software engineers continues to rise thanks to developments in IoT, and there just aren’t enough professionals available to go around. These workers need to be able to work with current systems or create new ones as required, and not everyone has experience in both areas.

  1. Data Managers

Top data managers have skills in areas like architecture, security, and compliance as well as the ability to lead others as required. Since data is king for many companies, demand for these professionals often outpaces the available supply.

  1. System Integration Engineer

Companies are always interested in find ways for more systems and applications to work together to provide employees with a seamless solution. System integration engineers make this happen but are increasingly harder to find in the pool of available candidates.

If your business is looking for IT professionals for these hard to fill positions, the team at MindFinders has access to the candidates you need. As a leader in the IT staffing field in the DC area, we can help you find the skilled workers you need to keep things running smoothly.

Written by Tim Booker, President and CEO of MindFinders, with over 20 years of industry experience.


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