In the first six months of this year, Google added close to
2,000 people, an increase of about 10 percent that brings its worldwide staff
total to about 22,000. At that rate, the company could boost its headcount by a
blistering 20 percent by the end of 2010.
Though not as aggressive as it was a few years ago, the
current rate of staff expansion represents a big reversal from last year, when
the company reduced headcount. The third quarter began with Google poised to
add about 500 people as a result of its acquisition of ITA Software, an airline
flight information firm.
Google hasn’t said how many people it plans to hire in the
San Francisco Bay Area, but it’s a good bet the number will be significant,
judging from its listings on Dice. For example, in early August, the company listed
348 jobs, including 206 positions in Silicon Valley.
Of course, to get a job at Google it helps to have at least
a degree in computer science, if not an advanced degree, as well as relevant
experience in areas like software engineering, software testing, or search
engine design. Besides its well-known focus on search technology, Google also
has extensive research programs in mobile computing, cloud computing, computer
vision and machine language, to name only a few areas.
Some specific positions open at Google in Mountain View are
technical program manager, Arabic engineering team; AdSense Tech Team
Specialist; hardware testing engineer; partner solutions technical account
manager (embedded devices); associate, search quality; manufacturing test
development engineer; and software engineer in test.
Hottest IT Job Skills:
Java, Linux, Test, etc.
A review of the more than 6,500 jobs listed in the
metropolitan San Jose area – which includes San Francisco and the East Bay
– reveals which kinds of technology experience and training are in the greatest
Besides generic IT roles listed such as software development, design, implementation, and integration, more
Among the companies listing jobs in the area are
Salesforce.com, GravityPeople, Robert Half Technology, Lawrence Berkeley
National Lab, VMWare, TeamSoft Technologies, Teachscape, and Blackhawk Network.
— Doug Bartholomew