We dug through Burning Glass’ NOVA platform, which collates and analyzes millions of job postings, to decipher who was hiring the most software developers and software engineers in 2019 so far. Our search was nationwide, and limited to the software developer role (which encompasses the “engineer” designation, too).
Burning Glass data shows an expected growth in software-developer roles of 30.7 percent over the next decade, and 940,702 jobs posted for the role in the past year. It takes 39 days to fill software developer jobs, which is surprisingly average compared to other professional designations. The data shows developers’ median annual salary is $98,854, which is slightly more than Dice’s 2019 Salary Survey indicates is “average” for technologists.
A look at which firms hire the most software developers and engineers reads like a who’s-who of financial institutions and defense contractors. Amazon is still the most prolific hirer of technologists, with over 9,000 software developer and engineer job postings filed over the past 12 months, but tons of banks and financial firms hire for tech roles.
IBM is a distant second in hiring software developers, but ranks ever-so-slightly ahead of U.S. Bancorp. JPMorgan is in fourth place, slightly ahead of military contractor Northrop Grumman.
Of the top ten, only two (and the top two) are companies we can point to as dedicated tech firms. Of the remaining eight, three are financial firms, four are defense contractors, and one, Accenture, is a consulting firm.
What this data doesn’t tell us is what those developers and engineers do at these various firms. To get a better understanding of that, we examined the skills companies were looking for, which also projects how in-demand that skill will be over the next two years. AngularJS and Python have the most positive projected trajectory of any language, with growth estimates for these skills at 26.8 and 24.1 percent, respectively.
The most highly anticipated skill is DevOps, which data suggests will see a 39.9 percent growth amongst hiring companies in the next 24 months.