IT skills in demand in Japan

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There is a serious shortage of IT engineers in Japan. Engineers needed the most include cyber security, machine learning and cloud engineers. For international IT engineers who wish to work in Japan, there are more opportunities in these sectors.

Moreover, language requirements and cultural etiquette are less important in these sectors. Learn IT skills in demand, and land a job that offers attractive working conditions and pays well. Read this article in Japanese.

Cyber security

The demand for cyber security engineers is significantly increasing. In 2021, the domestic market value was 1,135.7 billion yen with a growth rate of 13.4%. The growth rate is projected to increase, given the acceleration of remote work and the current social conditions. If you are a security engineer, you are likely to have many job opportunities in Japan. 

 Useful certifications for security engineers

  • Registered Information Security Specialist Examination: A qualification to prove your expertise in information security, offered by IPA. After the qualification is obtained, you are eligible to apply for a national certificate for Registered Information Security Specialist.
  • CISSP: A qualification to prove your expertise in information security, offered by (ISC)², International Information Systems Security Certification Consortium.

Cloud

As more and more internet services shift to cloud, the demand for cloud engineers is increasing. The market value of cloud computing was 2,875 billion yen in 2020 with a growth rate of 22%. In addition, the demand for public clouds, such as SaaS and IaaS, is especially high.

More than half of the Japanese companies that provide cloud services use AWS. If you are an AWS engineer, you have many job opportunities in Japan. 

 Useful certifications for cloud engineers

  • AWS certifications: A certificate to validate cloud expertise. AWS offers several levels: associate, professional and speciality. There are also certificates for those who are specialized in the fields such as network, data and machine learning.
  • Google Certified Professional: A certificate to prove your expertise in Google cloud platform.

Machine Learning

The use of AI in services and products is now commonplace. The sales in automation services and personalised services are increasing rapidly.

In 2019, the market growth rate of machine learning was 95%. As the use of machine learning will increase in the future, machine learning engineers will have many job opportunities in Japan as well.

Useful certifications for machine learning engineers

  • Deep Learning for ENGINEER: This is a certificate to validiate your knowledge and implementions skills in deep learning. It is offered by the Japan Deep Learning Association (JDLA). *The exam is available only in Japanese.
  • Python 3 Certified Data Analyst Examination: A certificate to prove your advanced knowledge and skills in deep learning.

     

5G

The market growth rate of 5G is projected to be 80.3% between 2020 to 2027. It is a field that is expected to create many job opportunities in the near future. 

Jobs related to 5G include embedded engineers, network engineers and IoT engineers. To work with 5G, the knowledge and skills in the development of embedded software and network are required.

The article below explains the details of the 5G market in Japan and skills you need to be an engineer who works with 5G.

5G market in Japan and skills you need to be an engineer who works with 5G

Programming languages and developer tools in demand in Japan

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According to the research conducted by GitTap, the skills that are most in demand among Japanese companies are AWS, Python and JavaScript (January, 2022).

AWS is a cloud computing service offered by Amazon. In Japan, more than half of the companies that provide cloud services use AWS.

The market of cloud computing is expanding and the demand for AWS engineers is projected to increase. The article below explains programming languages in demand in Japan in detail. 

The programming languages in demand in Japan

Summary

International IT engineers have many job opportunities in Japan since there is a serious shortage of IT engineers. This is especially the case in some fields such as cyber security, cloud and AI. The following  jobs are some of the examples of jobs that are in demand in Japan.

Python engineer
  • Job Summary:Implement mathematical models, develop optimization algorithms, conduct software testing while working closely with professors.
  • Salary:7M yen~
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Automation engineer
  • Job Summary:Develop and maintain automation platforms. Develop new automation products.
  • Salary:7M yen~
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CTO
  • Job Summary:Chief Technology Officer for a financial system
  • Salary: 8M yen~
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GitTap is a job matching platform for highly skilled international IT engineers. The platform has many senior level jobs, which leads the average salary range of the advertised jobs to be 6-12M yen.

There are also many remote positions available. The platform allows you to find a job efficiently by not only applying for positions but also getting scouted and conducting informational interviews. It is free to use, please feel free to register.

G Talent is an employment agency for international IT engineers who wish to work in Japan. Bilingual consultants will assist you to land your dream job! To learn more about the service, please click the link below.