Top 30 Tech Skills That Google Wants This Quarter

Google has enormous resources and offices full of extremely smart people, but it nonetheless faces some big challenges. Governments are exploring antitrust lawsuits against the company; employees are increasingly willing to speak out over internal issues; and there’s always the pressing need to compete against deep-pocketed rivals such as Amazon and Microsoft.

Despite those headwinds, Google must maintain its growth. And to accomplish that, it needs technologists with a constellation of cutting-edge skills, from software engineering to artificial intelligence (A.I.) and machine learning. In order to figure out which skills the company wants the most, we turn to Burning Glass, which collects and analyzes millions of job postings from across the country. The following data is from the past quarter:

We’ve analyzed Google’s hiring practices at several points in the past, and these programming languages and skills have popped up again and again. That’s great, because it’s clear that Google is always on the hunt for a wide variety of skills, and you don’t necessarily need to specialize in something esoteric like quantum computing or A.I. in order to land a job there. 

As you might expect, Google software developers are extremely well-compensated, with a combination of high salaries and sizable stock payouts:

For many technologists, though, it’s not wholly about the money: some Google employees have made it clear that they want to work from home full-time, as opposed to the hybrid-work schedule (i.e., a few days in the office per week) that the company is requiring. “This feeling that I can’t realistically leave the Bay Area and work for Google is enough for me to have decided to leave,” one site reliability engineer recently told CNet. “It’s the fact that Google doesn’t prioritize the needs of human beings. The fact that we have lives outside of work, that people actually have families.”

To be fair, Google isn’t the only company facing employee anger over remote- and hybrid-work policies; Facebook, Apple, VMware, and other tech giants are dealing with their own internal controversies. But how the search-engine giant handles its workforce’s scheduling concerns could have a big impact on its ability to retain talent at this crucial moment. In the meantime, if you’ve mastered skills such as Python and Android, you have a chance of becoming a Googler. 

One Response to “Top 30 Tech Skills That Google Wants This Quarter”

  1. Jake Leone

    I have applied to Google dozen of times. Never even had a response.

    We know Big Tech lies about a shortage. Eric Schmidt has been caught, at times, bragging about how much software talent he doesn’t hire, turns away.

    Java, Python, and C++, C# — All are languages I have used on my current job (of 20+ years) and all are in my resume.

    Here’s my problem, I am not a foreign worker. I am not working for a head hunter or personnel company. I don’t have any friends at Google who can hawk my resume. It is as simple as that.

    I have interviewed many former Google employees, some couldn’t even tell me how to kill a running Unix process, yet claimed to be Unix engineers. They couldn’t answer basic programming questions, in their field. No, in order to be hired at Google you have to know someone, or have something that ordinary Americans simply do not have (like the ability to indenture yourself).

    We know this because of the naivete of Facebook. Facebook is getting nailed, because Facebook naively talked with Federal investigators about how it conducts a phony PERM process, designed to exclude local STEM/IT workers. Now Facebook has to deal with a 2600+ count discrimination lawsuit, that has a Federal Fine value of 260 million dollars.

    Google, on the other hand, has been devious and criminal in its hiring and firing practices. And has known to keep its mouth shut to the Feds, and has enforced that with ruthless firing and elimination (no doubt with massive threats going out the door). Just read the Email exchange between Eric Schmidt and Steve Jobs in the illegal no poaching scandal, and you will know what I am talking about.

    But literally it doesn’t matter. I have been steadily employed, making more than most engineers in my field. As a result I have a home here in Silicon Valley, and I am a millionaire.

    If Google really wanted me, they would have called back several times, never have.