Thursday, March 06, 2014

Boston Web Tech Job Market | Q1 2014


Expertise in these three areas will be much sought-after by IT hiring managers this year:

According to Doug Schade -- #5 on the Boston Rockstar Recruiter list -- employers are especially interested in Web developers who know open source languages such as Java, Ruby and Python.  He adds that Microsoft languages are being de-emphasized. Additional details are available at Hot IT Job Skills in 2014.

Boston Web Tech Job Market


The list of Top 25 Web Technologies in Boston has been updated for the first 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 December ] listed by number of job postings at Indeed.com:

March, 2014
  1. SQL | 4,272 18%
  2. Java | 3,427 14%
  3. JavaScript | 2,550 20% 
  4. agile *** | 2,479 13%  
  5. Oracle | 2,242 07%
  6. Python | 1,570 13%
  7. "Web Services" | 1,441 19%
  8. SQL Server | 1,429 20%
  9. C# | 1,409 13%
  10. Social Media | 1,390 12%
  11. XML | 1,286 07%
  12. HTML + CSS | 1,276 21%
  13. SaaS | 1,151 26%
  14. jQuery | 1,111 16%
  15. UI | 1,070 05%
  16. MySQL | 917 00%
  17. Perl | 899 01%
  18. scrum *** | 848 15%
  19. Ruby | 824 02%
  20. PHP | 751 07%
  21. Ajax | 762 18%
  22. HTML5 | 744 29%
  23. SharePoint | 670 09%
  24. MVC | 640 32%
  25. UX | 639 34%
*** Note: While "agile" and "scrum" are not technologies, they are methodologies used in technology development.  These keywords appear in many web development job descriptions.  Experience with "agile" and "scrum" is often required or preferred.

Recommended Strategy


Select five technical skills in the Top 25 and focus on becoming proficient, if not expert, in these technologies.  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 technolgies, 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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