Sunday, August 05, 2007
Boston Market -- August
"Among the most sought-after talent right now are project managers, Web developers, and business analysts," according to a representative of Hudson, a professional staffing firm, in an interview with InformationWeek.
The Hudson Employment Index, which had been on the decline for three months, bounced back in July. The Index is a monthly measure of U.S. worker confidence in the employment market. Hudson has an office in Waltham.
This month's Boston Market analysis confirms the continuing tend in favor Web development skills over Web design skills, both in number of job opportunities and compensation.
$20,000 Pay DifferentialAccording to PayScale.com job title and type of employer can mean a difference in annual pay of up to $20,000. Here is the breakdown of average salaries factoring in Web discipline (design vs. development) and type of organization (nonprofit vs. for profit):
- $48,350 (nonprofit)
- $56,300 (for profit)
- $60,650 (nonprofit)
- $69,000 (for profit)
These salaries are national averages. Boston area salaries are generally higher. "Average Salaries in Boston" have been updated and appear in the right-hand column.
Top 10 Web TechnologiesThe skills required to attain a higher compensation rate have also been updated for August and appear in the right-hand column under "Top 10 Web Technologies in Boston." This evaluation represents keyword searches of job postings at Boston.com/Monster.com for common technologies used in Web design and development.
The one minor surprise in this month's list is the demotion of CSS from the Top 10 list. It was replaced by Photoshop.
Indeed.com Job TrendsIt is no surprise that programming and database skills (Web development) occupy many of the Top 10 spots as database-driven Web 2.0 activity continues to expand.
Indeed.com offers a valuable trending service that confirms this Beantown Web analysis. For example, let's look at demand for traditional Web design skills using Adobe's Creative Suite as a proxy for demand.This analysis confirms the demand for professionals with Photoshop skills over other Creative Suite program training.
Now, let's look at the three "front-end" or "client-side" Web design skills:
When we look at "back-end" or "server-side" Web development skills, Indeed.com confirms the relative demand for C# Web developers:
Finally, the core database language, SQL, leads all Web 2.0-related skills.
Assignment:Go to the Indeed Job Trends search engine and type in three technical skills you are most proficient in. Add in a fourth "wish list" skill that you feel you need to develop. Indeed.com will provide you with a profile of the relative job market demand for your current skill set.