The most interesting job in the tech world doesn’t require much in the way of technical skills.
In fact, the most important tech job is probably the best-paying one.
In a recent paper published by Harvard Business School, researchers analyzed data from the US Bureau of Labor Statistics and the National Bureau of Economic Research and concluded that the most successful companies are also those with the most talented employees.
The most successful job, then, isn’t a job that’s a pure technical pursuit, but rather one that requires a high level of creativity, an ability to adapt quickly to changing technology and the ability to effectively use new technologies to grow businesses.
“The best jobs are those that allow people to adapt and evolve to change in response to changing circumstances,” said Andrew Ross, a research fellow at Harvard Business and Economics.
“These jobs require the ability and willingness to adapt.”
The Harvard Business College study is the first to use this data to analyze the most valuable jobs in the US, and the results are pretty interesting.
While the most productive jobs are predominantly in tech, there are some areas of expertise that are particularly valuable.
The researchers found that the top three most important jobs are information technology (IT), finance and business management.
They also found that technology workers were more likely to be male, educated, have higher levels of education and be employed in higher-wage jobs.
But these are just the jobs that can be found in the top 3.
“In general, we find that IT is the most highly valued job in all industries,” Ross said.
The second most valuable job, finance, is the second most important in terms of the number of jobs that it takes to earn a salary.
The third most valuable is business management, which is second only to IT in the number and proportion of jobs required to earn that salary.
Ross believes that these numbers are indicative of how successful these jobs are in the wider economy.
“There are some industries where a lot of people are not very successful at this, but in other industries, it’s the top positions that are more likely, because of the skill sets required,” he said.
“You can be a great data analyst, you can be an incredible designer, you could be an amazing programmer, you might be able to do a lot.”
There are other interesting patterns that emerge from this analysis.
For example, in the IT industry, the number one most valuable position is data, but only 14% of the jobs in IT require a computer science degree.
For finance, only 15% of jobs require a finance degree.
And the next most valuable roles are business management and technology support, which are the most popular positions in finance and finance-related fields.
Ross says that the fact that the industries with the highest percentages of IT jobs in particular are also the industries that are most highly-skilled in the area is interesting.
“If you’re an IT worker, the chances are you’re going to be doing something that you’re really good at, so you’re more likely than not to be able and willing to do it,” he explained.
“And if you’re a finance worker, it would be a bad thing to be unemployed and not having a career.”
And while the data shows that the IT and finance industries are the biggest in terms, Ross believes the number 2 most valuable and highest-paying jobs are the business and management roles.
“It seems that the business sector is more likely [to be] highly skilled, and those jobs are probably in the most skilled positions,” he added.
This is not the first time the researchers have looked at the most-valuable jobs in tech.
Earlier this year, the same group of researchers looked at more than 15,000 occupations, and found that these are the top jobs in each industry.
In other words, if you work at Amazon, your number one job in terms the number three job.
But there are other reasons for this.
“We found that there’s a lot more diversity in the workforce, in terms gender, in particular, and in terms racial and ethnic groups,” Ross explained.
In the end, Ross concluded that these results are consistent with the traditional notion that the best jobs in technology are those where the best talent is the ones who are the brightest.
The findings, Ross said, are “a very important contribution to the literature” that is currently focused on the most creative and creative people.
“Our results suggest that a good number of people in the world are creative and capable in the field, and that this is probably an underappreciated role of talent,” he concluded.