Hot jobs in New York: Look for offers in artificial intelligence, cybersecurity, finance

With unemployment at historic lows and job candidates getting multiple opportunities and offers, 2018 was an outstanding year for the job market.

It was incredibly active across all sectors, says Dawn Fay, senior district president at Robert Half, one of the largest specialized staffing agencies in the world.

So will 2019 bring more of the same?

Dawn says companies are busy, workloads are happening, projects are on the horizon, and the outlook is really good for 2019.

And that's in spite of what's going on with Wall Street.

Dawn says the stock market is going to go up, down, and sideways, but companies don't make knee-jerk reactions based on what the stock market does daily.

Tech is especially hot in New York City, with Amazon, Google, and Apple all expanding here, bringing thousands of jobs over the next several years.

Ryan Sutton, district president at Robert Half Technology & Creative, says technology is growing rapidly in New York, with more startups and small companies moving in too.

When the big dogs like Amazon, Google, and Apple identify New York as a hot pool of tech talent, Ryan says, you're going to see more and more tech-focused roles in the coming years.

97% of all the IT hiring managers Robert Half surveyed in New York say they're confident in their company's ability to continue to grow in 2019, more than 70% say they're actually looking to expand those teams, while 88% are focused on upscaling their existing talent and adding to that bench strength.

And it's not just tech. Finance looks solid in 2019, too. Dawn says in accounting and finance, internal audit continues to be really active. Senior accountants, accounting managers, and financial analysts are in big demand. She expects that to carry into 2019.