For the first time in three years, a role in healthcare did not take the No. 1 spot in the annual best jobs report complied by U.S. News & World Report.Instead, the acclaim went to the technology industry. Drawing on data for pay, career potential, work-life balance and additional factors that contribute to a good job, the source ranked software developer as the overall top job for 2018. In addition to gaining recognition as the best job across all industries, software developer also earned the top spot in among best technology jobs, best STEM jobs and 100 best jobs.Increased demand for the futureSoftware developers are the masterminds behind nearly every piece of technology and every app or program we rely on each and every day. As U.S. News & World Report explained, in addition to their mastery of coding, individuals in this field must also possess skill sets in creativity, analytics and problem-solving.”Through 2026, 253,400 software developer positions will open.””Technology is the backbone of many of our jobs across the board this year,” said Executive Editor at U.S. News & World Report Kim Castro. “Nearly every type of company is looking for people who can analyze and interpret data to solve problems. This technological boom is creating new opportunities for statisticians, engineers and software developers – these workers are developing the algorithms that are rapidly changing the global job market.”Data from the U.S Bureau of Labor Statistics indicated that in 2016, software developers were earning an annual average of $102,280. The outlook for anticipated growth in the sector through 2026 is 24 percent, a demand directly correlated to the growing need for computer software. As a result, a projected 253,400 software developer positions will be created over the course of the next eight years, noted USN.The spread of software developersAs Castro emphasized above, the job market is in fact revolving as a result of software developers, according to the Tech Times. Nearly every industry across the board enlists the help of technology in one capacity or another. And while software developers are right up there in demand with IT managers and information security analysts at nearly all leading tech companies including Tesla, Apple and Google, it doesn’t stop there.Across the nation, all kinds of companies are searching for employees to design, program and problem-solve computers, apps and software. In Florida for example, 12 different technology companies in the Tampa to Orlando area are currently looking to fill a total of 300 jobs, reported the Orlando Business Journal. Seven of these 12 organizations are looking to bring on top talent to meet software demand. Among the firms hiring for high-tech positions include an aerospace and defense company, a rocket manufacturer and video game creator.Even the auto industry is hoping to draw in software developers. As The Detroit Free Press reported, leaders in the industry will unveil the novel Future Automotive Career Exposition at the North American International Auto Show at the end of the month. As technology continues to disrupt the world of cars and trucks, more and more software developers are needed to create and develop the most innovative features – beyond just driver override systems and keyless start and entry. Created to highlight the career opportunities in the field, the platform is also intended to demonstrate how automakers, suppliers and startups themselves can integrate these roles into their companies.In fact, the auto industry is battling with Silicon Valley for that top talent in tech, Charlie Chesborough, senior economist at Cox Automotive, told The Detroit Free Press. The future career outlook for software developers is rich with opportunity.