Although the survey’s sample size was small, at 200 pros, the results nonetheless echo those produced by other Dice analyses over the past few months. Around 37 percent of respondents indicated they thought Java/J2EE was most in demand among popular skill sets, followed by SQL with 29 percent, .NET with 19 percent, C++ with 9 percent, and C# with 5 percent.
Respondents were a mixture of software engineers, network administrators, DBAs and tech support. Data from the current survey dovetails nicely with earlier findings from Dice, which suggested that hiring managers were most interested in software developers, engineers, architects and leads skilled (in descending order) in Java/J2EE, .NET, C++, C#, SQL and HTML.
This latest survey didn’t only focus on current technologies. When asked about innovations that will most affect the future (and, by extension, their jobs), some 30 percent of tech pros indicated that wearable electronics were most likely to become the next big industry, followed by Internet of Things at 24 percent, Drones and Robots at 18 percent, and Biomedical at 17 percent. Another 12 percent thought the future lay in some other, unspecified direction.
That aligns with the majority of Americans, who believe such technologies are coming, even if they feel uncomfortable with the prospect of their arrival. Earlier this year, a survey of 1,001 adults by the Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project found that 53 percent of Americans thought that wearable electronics would represent a change for the worse, while 63 percent felt the same way about personal drones zipping around in U.S. airspace. Another 65 percent disliked the idea of robot caregivers for the elderly and infirm, while 66 percent seemed equally leery of the prospect of altering their children’s DNA.
In other words, most tech pros seem well aware of what employers want today—it’s just a question of the skills that’ll prove relevant tomorrow.
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