The Most In-Demand Tech Jobs in Japan

2月 18, 2022 0コメント

Despite the decline in the world economy, one industry that is arguably continuing to grow is tech and IT. The world is becoming more digitalized with each passing year. It stands to reason that the people who can build, maintain and run our digital systems are in huge demand. Especially as more people work from home, having the digital infrastructure in place to enable remote work is vital.

Tech specialists can make themselves indispensable by investing in the development of skills and knowledge that cannot be automated. Being able to code, design, and work with different systems and coding languages will assure you of continuous work in today’s world. In Japan, the situation is no different. The only exception is that, in order to work in Japan, it’s likely you’ll need Japanese language ability as well. However, if this is not a hurdle, there are plenty of opportunities, especially in the following specializations:

Software Development

Software development code - a software developer is one of the most in-demand tech jobs in Japan

So much of the modern world runs on software that the ability to program and tailor it to the needs of specific companies or individuals has become a skill that makes an employee indispensable. In fact, it is hard to imagine establishing or running a modern business without the need for tech. In fact, the leading companies around the world, from Uber to Zoom, all base their entire business plan upon software and the internet.

With the shift to remote work and the enormous growth of these companies due to the pandemic, one can imagine that this will not only remain the case but that demand will continue to grow. The minimum requirement for landing a software developer job is a bachelor’s degree in software development (although some companies will also accept a degree in any number of related fields), although a master’s degree would almost certainly ensure a higher salary.

Data Scientist

Data scientist - one of the most in-demand tech jobs in Japan.

There is no doubt that the modern business world is data-driven – from stockholder meetings to marketing and accounting, there is an enormous amount of raw data being recorded and used on a daily basis, and the bigger the company, the more data there naturally is. That is where data scientists come in. They are people with a mind for both business and numbers, who are able to combine these two fields in order to analyze, organize, and ultimately make sense of masses of raw data.

Being able to dissect data and establish trends; answering questions or solving problems the company might have or simply presenting data to managers and/or stockholders is all in a day’s work for the data scientist. Everything from consumer trends to employee productivity – if there’s data, it’s their job to quantify it. As one might imagine, a number of skills are needed for this job, including programming, data analysis, and mathematical ability. At the very least, they are expected to hold a bachelor’s degree in either statistics, math, or computer science.

Cyber Security

As more and more companies do business online, and things such as online banking and transactions become the norm, the need for securing our online activity has become increasingly important. Another factor that is driving the need for increased cyber security is the fact that many employees are now working with sensitive documents and data from home, making companies vulnerable to information leaks or theft. As more people become increasingly skilled with technology, cybercrime has also increased and will likely continue to.

These two factors make for a troublesome combination and can pose any number of threats to businesses. This means that not only are there are opportunities for cyber security positions at most large companies, but there is also an increasing demand for new roles. In order to become a cyber security specialist, companies require a bachelor’s degree in computer science. An additional certificate in the field is often preferred as well. Of course, if you have two or more years’ worth of experience, your chances will be even better.

Cloud Solutions/Computing

The demand for cloud computing and solutions has skyrocketed recently as many companies have implemented remote work. As an alternative to traditional data storage and computing power, cloud services are third parties that provide easy, simple, and inexpensive access to these two essentials. The only thing the user needs is a computer and internet access, which makes it very accessible and easy to work with.

As the world moves increasingly to remote work, there will continue to be a demand for Cloud professionals. A degree in Computer Science and a recognized Cloud Computing certificate should be sufficient to get you a job in this field.

Fullstack Development

Full-stack development has become a bit of a buzzword in the tech world as of late. Whereas a front-end developer is someone who is responsible for everything a client or website user sees and interacts with, and by contrast, a back-end developer deals with the hardware, servers, and databases that the user or client doesn’t interact with, a full-stack developer is able to do both. This enables them to essentially do two jobs. It also means they are highly sought after for their wide-reaching expertise. There aren’t that many developers who identify as fullstack, so this skill combination will just become increasingly desirable.

As one can imagine, a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science and literacy in programming languages such as CSS, JavaScript, or HTML are essential. If it seems to be somewhat similar to software development, that’s because there is some definite overlap. However, a software developer is arguably more detail-oriented, focusing on specific functions of the software, ensuring that they run properly. They also tend to work individually.

A full stack developer, by contrast, is a sort of tech handyman who can do essentially everything. In order to become a full-stack developer, an undergraduate degree in computer science or a related field is ideal. Many aspiring developers also opt for coding bootcamps. You can learn more about your options for coding bootcamps in Japan HERE.

If you are hoping to start (or continue) your career in tech, check out the Inbound Technology job board. There are lots of jobs aimed at foreign residents in Japan, so have a look today!

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