Top 25 Technology Skills and Jobs That Employers Want, August

COVID-19 forced companies to rapidly reexamine their priorities and roadmaps, both in the short- and long-term. How is that impacting what those firms are hiring for, in terms of skills and jobs?  

To find the answer, we consulted Burning Glass, which collects and analyzes millions of job postings from across the country. Specifically, we looked at the 30 days’ worth of postings, from July 12 through August 10. Here’s a breakdown to the top skills that employers are looking for:

The focus on project management suggests that companies, after long months of dealing on a day-to-day basis with the pandemic, are shifting their focus back to longer-term projects and products. This makes sense; whether employees are working from home permanently or just starting to re-enter the office, the company’s work must be done, and plans resumed.

The presence of SQL on the list also suggests that companies are hiring technologists who are skilled at storing, structuring, and wrangling data. It’s another encouraging hint that, for many businesses, things are resuming. Java, Python, and JavaScript—the highest-ranking languages on the list—are used in a variety of business software; coupled with employers’ interest in software development and engineering, it’s clear that employers are looking to building apps and services. 

And what jobs are employers actually hiring for? Burning Glass has data on that, too:

Software developers and engineers lead the list, followed by project managers, network engineers/architects, and systems engineers. And chances are good that companies can find someone with the right skills to fill these roles: As Dice’s ongoing COVID-19 Sentiment Survey makes clear, roughly a third of technologists who are currently employed full-time plan on looking for a new job sometime within the next two weeks. Even in times of uncertainty, technologists with the right skills are looking for their next gig. 

8 Responses to “Top 25 Technology Skills and Jobs That Employers Want, August”

  1. Project management?
    Sorry, it is NOT the number 1 skill.
    Is it necessary? Yes, but it is NOT a skill that compares to development or programming.

    Better hire excellent programmers to develop your products!

  2. I agree … having skillsets that covers code is really a Project Manager. Knowing the latest trends, Jason, JQuery, SQL, MySQL, UX/UI Design and programming, MVC, Ruby, Python, Salesforce, … the coding principles. Then you have the time factor of billable hours and deadlines. Of course, having the understanding of logic can play its roll if you know how to hack code too.

  3. Project Management is a skill set. Some programmers don’t have the business acumen, strategic mindset to recognize the importance of other roles in overall software delivery.

  4. Don Murdoch

    Project Mgmt encompass two key areas that are critical for *successful* development efforts: 1) coordinating all of the requirements, plans, tests,deployment, and building long term support models for the SW that development creates. 2) communicating to all stakeholders / participants at their respective interest / decision making level and keeping the group in sync.

    True that this is not a pure play technology skill – but I can tell you that any project effort that takes more than a few weeks and requires more than, say two people, benefits and is much more likely to meet its target date benefits from PM’s.

    Or to put it differently – you may be brilliant, but who brings your brilliance to the market for your company – WHILE – ensuring collective success for any project of mild to significant complexity? Its the PM.

  5. Franck Gerard

    Which skill set is more important? Project Managers vs. Developers or Engineers or Programmers… As a basketball player, my perspective is different; I value teamwork over any individual skills. On the court, you need various positions to come together for a team to win… You need the “big man” and you need the ‘little guy”; the Center and the Point Guard among others… I’m sure you see where I’m going with this; I was once running point and now, I’m a PM of PMs and without the point guard calling out the plays, the team would not be as successful as it could. Alone, you may think you’re faster; however, together, we’ll go further… Don’t arbitrarily dismiss the most important role on the floor! Who has better court vision than the point bringing the ball up?

  6. The basketball analogy is definitely a good one. PMs make the average guy look great. Having a GREAT developer code you a GREAT software that doesn’t do what you want, is not delivered on-time and the users have no clue when/how it will work. Is that ideal?