Sunday, November 08, 2015

Boston Web Tech Job Market | Q4 2015


Job growth accelerated in October and the unemployment rate declined to 5.0 percent.  Beantown Web's quarterly Boston Web Tech Job Market analysis confirms that the job market, especially for web technology workers, continues to expand.

Boston Web Tech Job Market


The list of Top 25 Web Technologies in Boston has been updated for the fourth 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.  Indeed helps more people get hired than any other job site.

Top 25 Web Technologies in Boston


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

November, 2015
  1. SQL | 5,923 10%
  2. Java | 3,967 3%
  3. agile *** | 3,715 5%
  4. JavaScript | 3,105 5%
  5. Oracle | 2,662 10%
  6. Python | 2,321 2%
  7. social media | 2,229 7%
  8. Web Services | 1,662 2%
  9. SaaS | 1,659 6%
  10. C# | 1,601 4%
  11. iOS | 1,564 40%
  12. SQL Server | 1,400 0%
  13. HTML + CSS | 1,399 6%
  14. XML | 1,239 3%
  15. UI | 1,197 9%
  16. scrum *** | 1,195 3%
  17. jQuery | 1,190 10%
  18. Android | 1,181 56%
  19. Perl | 1,042 0%
  20. MySQL | 1,007 3%
  21. Ruby | 994 6%
  22. AWS | 935 6%
  23. Git | 911 14%
  24. PHP | 848 8%
  25. UX | 799 7%

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?
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List three links to projects that demonstrate your proficiency in these technologies?
  • ________________________
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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.

To help you develop your technical skills consider joining Boston PHP Meetup and participating in one of the following virtual self-study groups:

Git Lunch, Season 1
jQuery jAM, Season 6
HTML5 Brunch, Season 6
PHP Percolate, Season 8
Drupal Diner, Season 2

[Full Disclosure: The author of this blog is one of the co-organizers of Boston PHP Meetup.]

Boston's Top 100 Web Technologies


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

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