From the Omnicron wave to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, it seems like every day of 2022 brings new, potentially catastrophic events. But amidst all this chaos, one thing seems constant: organizations’ need for software developers and engineers.
According to an analysis of the past 60 days by Emsi Burning Glass, which collects and analyzes millions of job postings from across the country, software developers/engineers were yet again the most in-demand tech job, followed by project managers, network and systems engineers, program managers, and business analysts. Here’s the full chart:
When we analyzed Emsi Burning Glass for the entirety of 2021, software developer/engineer proved the most in-demand tech job by a healthy margin; the role’s momentum has clearly continued into 2022.
If you’re interested in software development/engineering as a career, but you’re unsure where to start, it never hurts to connect with other developers in order to ask questions and build up your skill-set. According to a recent study by SlashData, some of the largest developers' communities include GitHub (useful for code, thanks to all its repositories) and Stack Overflow (a great place to get your questions answered), as well as sites like Bitbucket and HackerEarth.
When you feel comfortable enough to apply for jobs, keep in mind that employers will focus on more than your education; they’ll also want to see your recent projects, including anything you’ve done within the open-source community. It never hurts to spin up a website that lists those projects, along with a few GitHub repos and any other pertinent professional information. If you make it to the interview round, you’ll likely end up tested not only on your coding abilities, but also your capability for solving more abstract challenges.
When preparing for the coding portion of the interview, make sure to prep via sites such as LeetCode, HackerRank, and Codecademy, which will let you evaluate your skills and get a sense of the questions that interviewers will ask. Don’t neglect your soft skills, either; hiring managers and recruiters will want to know how you potentially interact with your future teammates and other developers (and blend with the company’s larger culture).