Tuesday, August 09, 2016

Boston Web Tech Job Market | Q3, 2016


According to the 2016 Open Source Jobs Report, demand for open source talent is growing and companies struggle to find experienced professionals to fill open roles.
Beantown Web's quarterly Boston Web Tech Job Market analysis confirms that demand, especially for web technology workers, continues to expand, albeit at a less robust pace than last quarter.

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. Indeed helps more people get hired than any other jobsite.

Top 25 Web Technologies in Boston


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

August, 2016
  1. SQL | 5,558  2%
  2. Java | 4,024  2%
  3. agile *** | 3,567  2%
  4. JavaScript | 3,032  5%
  5. Python | 2,732  2%
  6. social media | 2,274  2%
  7. Oracle | 1854  28%
  8. SaaS | 1,713  3%
  9. C# | 1,709  4%
  10. HTML + CSS | 1,698  7%
  11. Web Services | 1,511  1%
  12. PHP | 1,365  46%
  13. UI | 1,352  5%
  14. AWS | 1,339  13%
  15. scrum *** | 1,316  6%
  16. jQuery | 1,314  8%
  17. iOS | 1,289  27%
  18. SQL Server | 1,256  6%
  19. Ruby | 1,205  7%
  20. MySQL | 1,134  5%
  21. Git | 1,088  0%
  22. Angular | 989  24%
  23. XML | 982  8%
  24. Perl | 941  8%
  25. MVC | 918  20%

*** Note:
 While "agile" and "scrum" are not technologies, they are methodologies used in technology development.  These two  keywords appear in many web development job descriptions.  Experience with "agile" and "scrum" is often preferred, if not required, in many web development jobs.

Recommended Skill Strategy


Select five technical skills in the Top 25 and focus on becoming proficient -- if not expert -- in each technology.  Then, list three links to projects that demonstrate your proficiency in these technologies.

What is the one technical skill holding you back?  If you developed a greater competency in this skill, it would open up more opportunities for you.

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:

A Quick Introduction to Agile Management (in-person meetup)
Agile Appetizer, Season 1 (virtual self-study group)

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

Recommended Search Strategy


When it comes to landing a new position, here are the strategies that tech workers have found to be most successful:

~ a friend referred them (28 percent)
~ websites other than Stack Overflow (17 percent)
~ external recruiters (14 percent)
~ seeking out an opportunity directly (10 percent)
~ in-house recruiter (10 percent)
~ career fair (6 percent)

So, use Indeed to identify a new opportunity (17 percent), then use your LinkedIn network to land a referral into that company (28 percent).  This combination strategy will maximize your odds of landing an interview, and ultimately, the job.

If you are going to use external recruiters (14 percent), consider working with those recruiters who come highly recommended by others.

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 on Beantown Web's Facebook page.

[ NOTE: You can also follow Beantown Web on Twitter @webapprentices. ]


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