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2023’s fastest-growing tech jobs.

Now that 2022 has come to an end, it’s important to reflect on the last year and exciting to think about what’s to come in 2023. Overall, 2022 was a great year for the tech industry. The tech industry’s gross output grew by 47% in the last year, indicating that the market for data and information is only looking up. What does that mean for workers in 2023? Lots of incredible job opportunities.

Have you been contemplating launching a new job search? It’s a great time to learn a new skill and pivot your career into technology. To help you decide what online course to study, we’ve taken a look at the list of the fastest-growing occupations from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) and compared it to our most popular Nanodegree programs. We’ve found three main technology careers predicted to grow steadily throughout 2023: data, security, and software development.

In this article, we will give you all the details on those three subindustries, tell you what careers fit within them, and help you find the right Nanodegree program to get you started. Cheers to 2023, let’s get started!

Software development.

Software development is a rather broad term that could be used to describe anyone from an entry-level programmer to an artificial intelligence (AI) engineer. Overall, software developers use code to write programs executed on a computer. On a deeper level, many software developers go on to specialize in things like front-end development, user experience, cloud computing, AI, virtual reality, mobile applications…the list goes on.

Quick software developer facts:
Job growth: 26%
Median salary: $120,730
Skills needed: Coding, programming languages, version control

Learn to develop software.

If you’re interested in being a software engineer, it’s best to start by learning how to code. You may begin with our Intro to Programming Nanodegree program. It’s a great foundation for beginners as there are no prerequisites and all who graduate the class will leave with the basics of coding and a few projects under their belt. In just four months (at ten hours a week), you’ll learn how to code with HTML, CSS, Python, and JavaScript.

Once you’ve learned how to program, you can begin to specialize your skills in your areas of interest. Check out the Front End Web Developer Nanodegree program, the Cloud Developer with AWS Nanodegree program, or the AI Programming with Python Nanodegree program. For more options, you can check out our full catalog of courses in our School of Programming to see what else sparks your interest.


As companies collect and handle more customer data, they take on more and more risk that there could be a breach. While security breaches are becoming more commonplace, they still carry major consequences for the company it happens to, as well as the people who have their data stolen.

To mitigate the risk of a breach while still being able to collect and handle private customer data, many businesses are turning their attention to building out their security teams. Roles under the security umbrella include Security Analyst, Security Architect, Security Engineer, DevOps Engineer, and even Ethical Hacker.

Quick security facts:
Job growth: 34.7%
Average salary: $102,600
Skills needed: Systems architecture, networking, computer security

How to learn about cybersecurity.

If you’re just getting started in the realm of cybersecurity, it’s best to begin with the basics. The Introduction to Cybersecurity Nanodegree program takes about 4 months at 10 hours a week. It covers skills such as risk assessment, vulnerabilities, encryption techniques, and the fundamentals of Governance, Risk, and Compliance (GRC).

Once you’ve completed the foundations of cybersecurity, you can move on to more specialized coursework, such as the Security Analyst Nanodegree program, the Security Engineer Nanodegree program, the Security Architect Nanodegree program, or the Ethical Hacker Nanodegree program. 

Each of these programs takes on a different part of security work, from designing systems to finding their flaws. For more options, you can check out our full catalog of cybersecurity courses in our School of Cybersecurity to see what else sparks your interest.


These days, it seems like data is more valuable than currency itself. Companies will offer their goods and services for free in exchange for access to their customer’s data. The catch, however, is that these companies are in dire need of people who have skills in data to be able to capture, filter, and analyze the data. These roles range from data engineer to data analyst. All of these roles are growing at an incredibly high rate and it’s only up from here.

Quick data facts:
Job growth: 35.8%
Average salary: $100,910
Skills needed: Data analysis, data collection, data visualization, statistics

Learn to capture, filter, and analyze data.

To get started with a career in data, we recommend taking the Programming for Data Science with Python Nanodegree program. There are no prerequisites for this course and it provides a fantastic foundation for growing your data career. Graduates of this Nanodegree program will learn the fundamentals of critical tools for data work, such as Python, SQL, git, and the command line.

After gaining a foundation with the Programming for Data Science Nanodegree program, we recommend people take the next level of courses like the Data Analyst Nanodegree program, the Data Scientist Nanodegree program, or the Data Engineering with AWS Nanodegree program. One (or all) of these courses will help you choose which data career is right for you!

For more options, you can check out our full catalog of data courses in our School of Data Science to see what else sparks your interest.

Join the fastest-growing industry in 2023.

If you’re searching for a new career, or if you just want to upskill your current resume to take the next step at your job, adding new skills in tech is a surefire way to get to the next level. 

Explore our full course catalog and discover where you fit into the world of tech.


Jennifer Shalamanov
Jennifer Shalamanov
Jennifer is a content writer at Udacity with over 10 years of content creation and marketing communications experience in the tech, e-commerce and online learning spaces. When she’s not working to inform, engage and inspire readers, she’s probably drinking too many lattes and scouring fashion blogs.