SQL Tops Tech Skills That Employers Want From Remote Workers

As we begin the New Year, it’s abundantly clear that many technologists (and many companies) have no intention of giving up remote work. Managers and executives have restructured corporate workflows to allow all kinds of technologists to work from home. But which skills are particularly in-demand for remote workers?

For an answer, we can turn to Emsi Burning Glass, which collects and analyzes millions of job postings from across the country. Based on that data, here are the top tech skills cited in all-remote job openings over the past 30 days:

SQL topped our Emsi Burning Glass analyses of tech skills throughout 2021, so it’s no surprise to find it at the top of this list as the most-requested remote tech skill. Virtually every organization, from the tiniest nonprofit to the largest mega-corporation, is figuring out how to best mine their in-house data for valuable insights. Given how SQL is the programming language for managing and querying relational databases, it’s the foundation of many organizations’ all-important data operations.

If you know the principles of software development and project management, it’s likewise clear that you can find a remote job—based on this list, lots of employers are on the hunt for technologists who can code and manage projects from the comfort of their home offices. If you’re totally new to the software development game, keep in mind that many developers use online sources such as blogs and videos to learn their craft.

Interviewing for an all-remote job? The recruiter and/or hiring manager may ask lots of questions about your workflow in order to ensure that you’ll interact well with the team (and keep up with projects). For example, they might as you how you structure a remote workday, and/or how you’d tweak a particular process (such as a daily standup) for remote work. Show that you can perform effectively while working remote, and chances are good that the job is yours.