Tuesday, July 08, 2014

Boston Web Tech Job Market | Q3 2014



"Six-figure salaries are table stakes for software and mobile engineers, designers and data professionals."
Fasten your seat belts; it's full speed ahead for technology professionals in the second half of 2014, according to a Dice survey of 700 hiring managers and recruiters.  Hiring is expanding and so are salaries.  One in three experienced tech professionals earns six figures or better, not including bonuses.

Boston Web Tech Job Market


The list of Top 25 Web Technologies in Boston has been updated for the third quarter. It appears in the right-hand column and below.  This list is based on keyword searches in job postings at Indeed.com. The most in-demand keywords are listed more frequently than less in-demand keywords.

Indeed.com is a meta-search engine that offers a maximum number of search possibilities.  All searches encompass a 25-mile radius of Boston.  Search parameters can be adjusted to fit your personal needs.

Top 25 Web Technologies in Boston


Here is an abbreviated list of the 25 most in-demand web technologies in Boston. [ or from early March ] listed by number of job postings at Indeed.com:

July, 2014
  1. SQL | 4,901 15%
  2. Java | 4,019 17%
  3. JavaScript | 3,381 33%
  4. agile *** | 3,376 36%
  5. Oracle | 2,837 27%
  6. Python | 2,144 37%
  7. HTML + CSS | 1,667 31%
  8. XML | 1,589 24%
  9. jQuery | 1,548 39%
  10. Ruby | 1,499 82%
  11. HTML5 | 1,469 97%
  12. social media | 1,457 5%
  13. Web Services | 1,441 1%
  14. Git | 1,362 167 %
  15. scrum *** | 1,358 60% 
  16. SaaS | 1,356 18%
  17. C# | 1,342 5%
  18. Perl | 1,340 49%
  19. SQL Server | 1,326 7%
  20. PHP | 1,281 68%
  21. UI | 1,254 17%
  22. MySQL | 1,110 21%
  23. Rails | 1,077 83%
  24. Photoshop | 987 68%
  25. JSP | 887 186%
*** Note: While "agile" and "scrum" are not technologies, they are methodologies used in technology development.  Likewise, "git" is a source code management system.  Combined, these three  keywords appear in many web development job descriptions.  Experience with "agile," "scrum" and "git" is often preferred, if not required, in many web development jobs.

Recommended Strategy


Select five technical skills in the Top 25 and focus on becoming proficient -- if not expert -- in each technology.  What are your Top Five technology skills?  What projects can you link to that demonstrate expertise in these technologies?

Guard against being distracted by "shiny new object skills" that are not listed in the Top 25.  Without having solid core skills in high-demand technologies, you may not experience an optimum return-on-investment in terms of time and energy invested in becoming proficient at lower-demand technical skills.

Boston's Top 100 Web Technologies


An expanded version of this list -- Boston's Top 100 Web Technologies -- is being counted down for the next three months @webapprentices.

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