Wednesday, November 18, 2020

Boston Web Tech Job Market | November 2020



The Headlines

Job Growth Stronger Than Expected in October, Unemployment Rate Slides to 6.9%

Employer Confidence Remains Flat in October


The Job Market in Boston

The unemployment rate continues to drop across the United States. However, more than 20 million Americans continue to receive state and federal financial assistance.


While the unemployment rate declines nationally, tech job postings in the Boston metro area continue to rebound. After reaching a pandemic low in June, job postings have now risen for five consecutive months.

The list of Top 20 Web Technologies in Boston has been updated for November. 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. This list reflects the change in the last 30 days.

Top 20 Web Technologies in Boston

Here are 10 of the 20 most in-demand web technologies [up or down from early October, 2020] ranked by number of job postings on Indeed.

November, 2020

  1. agile  *** | 3,557 (job postings) up 8% (from October)
  2. Python | 3.058 up 10%
  3. SQL | 2,222 up 11%
  4. Java | 2,008 up 6%
  5. AWS | 1,847 up 10%
  6. SaaS | 1,545 up 9%
  7. JavaScript | 1,533 up 10%
  8. scrum  *** | 1,070 up 9%
  9. Azure | 1,045 up 12%
  10. C# | 883 up 12%

*** 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.


The Top 20 Web Technologies in Boston are being counted down over the next 20 days on Beantown Web's Twitter page @webapprentices.

View recent Boston Web Tech Job Market blog postings.

Saturday, October 17, 2020

Boston Web Tech Job Market | October 2020

 
Now Hiring

The Headlines

U.S. Labor Market Slowing as Fiscal Stimulus Fades

Exclusive: America's True Unemployment Rate


The Job Market in Boston

The national labor market improves as the unemployment rate drops. However, nearly 25 million former workers continue to receive financial assistance.

While "continued claims" for unemployment decline nationally, tech job postings in the Boston metro area continue to rebound for the fourth month in a row after reaching a pandemic low in June.

The list of Top 20 Web Technologies in Boston has been updated for October. 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. This list reflects the change in the last 30 days.

Top 20 Web Technologies in Boston

Here are 10 of the 20 most in-demand web technologies [up or down from early September, 2020] ranked by number of job postings on Indeed.

October, 2020

  1. agile *** | 3,290 (job postings) up 8% (from September)
  2. Python | 2,774 up 7%
  3. SQL | 1,995 up 4%
  4. Java | 1,890 up 6%
  5. AWS | 1,675 up 4%
  6. SaaS | 1,418 up 8%
  7. JavaScript | 1,397 up 2%
  8. scrum  *** | 984 up 3%
  9. Azure | 935 up 10%
  10. API | 805 up 10%

*** 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.

The Top 20 Web Technologies in Boston are being counted down over the next 20 days on Beantown Web's Twitter page  @webapprentices.

View recent Boston Web Tech Job Market blog postings.



Friday, September 18, 2020

Boston Web Tech Job Market | September 2020



The Headlines

Massachusetts Unemployment Rate Down To 11.3% For August; Biggest Drop In Country

Startup Layoffs Leveled Off Over the Summer


The Job Market in Boston

The national labor market continues to struggle with nearly 30 million former workers receiving financial assistance.


While "continued claims" for unemployment have remained high nationally, tech job postings in the Boston metro area have continued to rebound for the third month in a row after three months of sharp declines.

The list of Top 20 Web Technologies in Boston has been updated for September. 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. This list reflects the change in the last 30 days.

Top 20 Web Technologies in Boston

Here are 10 of the 20 most in-demand web technologies [up or down from early August, 2020] ranked by number of job postings on Indeed.

September, 2020

  1. agile *** | 3,095 (job postings) up 9% (from August)
  2. Python | 2,604 up 6%
  3. SQL | 1,919 up 11%
  4. Java | 1,787 up 6%
  5. AWS | 1,614 up 2%
  6. JavaScript | 1,365 up 3%
  7. SaaS | 1,310 up 10%
  8. scrum  *** | 954 up 12%
  9. Azure | 848 up 4%
  10. Web Services | 752 up 5%

*** 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.

The Top 20 Web Technologies in Boston are being counted down over the next 20 days on Beantown Web's Twitter page  @webapprentices.


Wednesday, August 19, 2020

Boston Web Tech Job Market | August 2020



The Headlines




The Job Market in Boston


Tech job postings in the Boston metro area have continued to rebound for the second month in a row after three months of sharp declines.



The list of Top 20 Web Technologies in Boston has been updated for August. 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. This list reflects the change in the last 30 days.

Top 20 Web Technologies in Boston


Here are 10 of the 20 most in-demand web technologies [up or down from early July, 2020] ranked by number of job postings in Indeed.

August, 2020

  1. agile *** | 2,836 (job postings) up 9% (from July)
  2. Python | 2,467 up 6%
  3. SQL | 1,727 up 5%
  4. Java | 1,690 up 5%
  5. AWS | 1,580 up 7%
  6. JavaScript | 1,322 up 6%
  7. SaaS | 1,190 up 13%
  8. scrum  *** | 850 up 7%
  9. Azure | 817 up 18%
  10. Web Services | 715 down 3%

*** 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.

The Top 20 Web Technologies in Boston are being counted down over the next 20 days on Beantown Web's Twitter page  @webapprentices.


Sunday, July 19, 2020

Boston Web Tech Job Market | July 2020


now hiring july

The Headlines

Overall, Massachusetts residents continue to lose jobs. However, tech job postings begin to bounce back after three months of declines.

continued unemployment


The list of Top 20 Web Technologies in Boston has been updated for July. 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. This list reflects the change in the last 30 days.

Top 20 Web Technologies in Boston

Here are 10 of the 20 most in-demand web technologies [up or down from early June, 2020] ranked by number of job postings in Indeed.

July, 2020

  1. agile *** | 2,608 (job postings) up 34% (from June)
  2. Python | 2,320 up 0%
  3. SQL | 1,651 up 6%
  4. Java | 1,613 down 4%
  5. AWS | 1,475 up 16%
  6. JavaScript | 1,253 up 2%
  7. SaaS # | 1,052 up 86%
  8. scrum *** | 797 up 5%
  9. Web Services # | 739 up 306%
  10. Azure | 691 up 16%

*** 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. Likewise, "social media" is not a technology. However, front-end web developers often work with marketing professionals to promote the output of software developers and engineers using social media.

# Note: Both SaaS and Web Services experienced deep declines in June and sharp increases in July. This may simply be an anomaly in Indeed's reporting. None-the-less, I will continue to report such seemingly abnormal changes in the future.

The Top 20 Web Technologies in Boston are being counted down over the next 20 days on Beantown Web's Twitter page @webapprentices.

Gene Babon has completed ...


Thursday, June 18, 2020

Boston Web Tech Job Market | June 2020




The Headlines

Which Jobs Are Coming Back First? Which May Never Return?

May Tech Jobs: Which Cities Beat the Averages?


The Job Market in Boston

May experienced an increase in economic activity. Cautious optimism fills the summer air despite high unemployment numbers.


How are technology workers holding up? Better than most other workers despite the fact that job postings fell for the third straight month.

The list of Top 30 Web Technologies in Boston has been updated for June. 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. This list reflects the change in the last 30 days.


Top 30 Web Technologies in Boston

Here are 10 of the 30 most in-demand web technologies [up or down from early May, 2020] ranked by number of job postings in Indeed.

June, 2020
  1. Python | 2,314 (job postings) down 4% (from May)
  2. agile *** | 1,946 down 29%
  3. Java | 1,683 down 7%
  4. SQL | 1,564 down 10%
  5. AWS | 1,268 down 18%
  6. JavaScript | 1,228 down 13%
  7. scrum *** | 759 down 18%
  8. C# | 677 down 6%
  9. Azure | 595 down 16%
  10. SaaS | 565 down 49%
*** 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.

The Top 30 Web Technologies in Boston are being counted down over the next 30 days on Beantown Web's Twitter page @webapprentices.

Gene Babon is ...

Yoast SEO Certified


Friday, June 05, 2020

Best Business Books | 2019


wall of books

"What we really need is not more authors, 
or better publishers.  What we most need is 
a vastly better system to identify the books we will love."



Beantown Web has developed such a system. For the 12th year running Beantown Web has conducted a quasi-scientific meta-search to identify the best business books published during the calendar year. These books are most likely to add value to your career.

This year's search began by identifying nine "Best of" lists. This resource list is available upon request. Presented here are the results.

A total of 157 books were mentioned on at least one "Best of" list. Of these recommendations, 127 were mentioned only once. The remaining 30 books found their way onto at least two of the nine "Best of" lists.


The Honorable Mention Shelf

Twenty of the 30 final candidates were mentioned on two "Best of" lists. These books have attained Honorable Mention status.


The Must-Read Shelf

Seven of the remaining 10 books were mentioned on three "Best of" lists and have attained Must-Read status.

Invisible Women Kochland

Talking to Strangers The Age of Surveillance Capitalism

The Infinite Game The Man Who Solved the Market

The Ride of a Lifetime


The Top Shelf

One book was mentioned on four "Best of" lists.

One book was mentioned on five "Best of" lists.

One book was mentioned on six "Best of" lists.

Here are the three Top Shelf Business Books published in 2019.

Nine Lies About Work Range

Loonshots



Personal Recommendations

If 10 books are too many to chose from, then check out the following Short List.  The four highest rated books on Goodreads (of the 10 listed here) are as follows:
These four books are now on my Short List.

Suggested Success Strategy

Regardless of your professional discipline, business is the engine that drives economic well-being. The economy is currently on life support. However, the winds of cautious optimism have begun as a cool summer breeze. You can help enhance your personal economic prospects -- and prepare for a new normal -- by learning more about the business of business.

Goal: Select one business book from the 10 pictured above, read it, practice its principles and shift your career into a higher gear in 2020. Of course, you can select all 10 books, read two per month, and enhance your business knowledge now that you have some extra time as a result of working from home!

The 20 books on The Honorable Mention Shelf (those mentioned on two "Best of" lists) are being counted down over the next 20 days on Gene Babon's Twitter page @genebabon and Beantown Web's Facebook page @beantownweb.


Saturday, May 23, 2020

Commencement | 2020

"Congratulations to all those in pursuit of a useful skill."

This is our commencement address ...

Monday, May 11, 2020

Boston Web Tech Job Market | May 2020


WE Are Hiring

The Job Market in Boston

April experienced the largest one-month increase in joblessness in the history of our nation.

U.S. Unemployment rate

How did technology workers fair? Not so well, but better than other workers.

The list of Top 30 Web Technologies in Boston has been updated for May. 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. This list reflects the change in the last 30 days.


Top 30 Web Technologies in Boston

Here are 10 of the 30 most in-demand web technologies [up or down from early April, 2020] ranked by number of job postings in Indeed.

May, 2020
  1. agile *** | 2,732 (job postings) down 19% (from April)
  2. Python | 2,423 down 15%
  3. Java | 1,808 down 18%
  4. SQL | 1,747 down 22%
  5. AWS | 1,544 down 18%
  6. social media *** | 1,483 down 5%
  7. JavaScript | 1,411 down 18%
  8. SaaS | 1,100 down 22%
  9. scrum *** | 924 down 18%
  10. Web Services | 824 down 15% 
*** 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. Likewise, "social media" is not a technology. However, front-end web developers often work with marketing professionals to promote the output of software developers and engineers using social media.

The Top 30 Web Technologies in Boston are being counted down over the next 30 days on Beantown Web's Twitter page @webapprentices and Facebook page @beantownweb.

View recent Boston Web Tech Job Market blog postings .


Gene Babon is ...

Yoast SEO Certified


Saturday, April 11, 2020

Boston Web Tech Job Market | April, 2020


Sorry We're Closed


The Headlines


A 3,000% Jump in Jobless Claims Has Devastated the US Job Market

Massive Job Cuts and Falling Tax Receipts Make for Grim Headlines


The Job Market in Boston


Ninety days ago unemployment hovered at low numbers not seen since the Beatles topped the charts with Come Together. Today, society and the economy are struggling, to say the least.

The list of Top 30 Web Technologies in Boston has been updated for April. 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. This list reflects the change in the last three months.

Top 30 Web Technologies in Boston


Here are 10 of the 30 most in-demand web technologies [up or down from early January, 2020] ranked by number of job postings in Indeed.  These numbers are currently dropping hourly.

April, 2020

  1. agile *** | 3,384 (job postings) down 29% (from January)
  2. Python | 2,844 down 22%
  3. SQL | 2,226 down 34%
  4. Java | 2,204 down 23%
  5. AWS | 1,883 down 9%
  6. JavaScript | 1,711 down 29%
  7. social media *** | 1,530 down 55%
  8. SaaS | 1,406 down 27%
  9. scrum *** | 1,124 down 19%
  10. Web Services | 969 down 3%
*** 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. Likewise, "social media" is not a technology. However, front-end web developers often work with marketing professionals to promote the output of software developers and engineers.

The Top 30 Web Technologies in Boston are being counted down over the next 30 days on Beantown Web's Twitter page @webapprentices and Facebook page @beantownweb.

View recent Boston Web Tech Job Market blog postings .


Sunday, June 30, 2019

Best Business Books | 2018

 
wall of books

"What we really need is not more authors, 
or better publishers.  What we most need is 
a vastly better system to identify the books we will love."



Beantown Web has developed such a system. For the 11th year running Beantown Web has conducted a quasi-scientific meta-search to identify the best business books published during the calendar year. These books are most likely to add value to your career. 

This year's search began by identifying 11 "Best of" lists. This resource list is available upon request. Presented here are the results.

A total of 119 books were mentioned on at least one "Best of" list -- 79 of these books were mentioned only once.


The Honorable Mention Shelf


An additional 27 books were mentioned on two lists and these books comprise the Honorable Mention list.

The Must-Read Shelf


Eight books were mentioned on three lists and have been placed on the Must-Read shelf:


The Top Shelf


Three books were mentioned on four lists:
One book was mentioned on five lists:
One book was mentioned on six lists:

The Art of Gathering The Billionaire Raj
When New Power
Bad Blood


Personal Recommendations


If 13 books are too many to chose from, then check out the following Short List.  The four highest rated books on Goodreads (of the 13 listed here) are as follows:
These four books are now on my Short List.

I have read one of five books on the Top Shelf and four from the eight books on the Must-Read shelf.  As I work through this reading list, I will post my reviews at Goodreads.com and share links here.
You can access reviews of all 98 Leadership and Strategy books I have read at Pinterest.


Suggested Success Strategy


Regardless of your professional discipline, business is the engine that drives economic well-being. The economy continues to improve and job growth continues to look promising in 2019.  However, the winds of caution have started to rustle the leaves.  You can help enhance your personal economic prospects -- and prepare for an uncertain future -- by learning more about the business of business.

Goal: Select one business book from the five pictured above, read it, practice its principles and shift your career into a higher gear in 2019.  Of course, you can select all 13 books, read more than one per month, and receive a guaranteed seat in business class!

[ NOTE: The 13 Best Business Books of 2018 -- those making at least three "Best of" lists -- are being counted down on Facebook.  Follow Beantown Web on Facebook by becoming a Fan of Beantown Web and on Twitter @genebabon. ]

View recent Best Business Books blog postings.

Monday, February 18, 2019

Boston Web Tech Job Market | Q1, 2019




Photo credit: CNBC.com 
"The competition for skilled talent is set to rise in the first quarter of 2019 as employers across the U.S. are reporting the strongest hiring intentions in 12 years." ~ ManpowerGroup Employment Outlook Survey

The Headlines


U.S. Hiring Intentions at 12 Year High as Demand for Workers is Set to Grow in 2019

Companies added way more jobs than expected in December


Boston Web Tech Job Market


Despite economic and political uncertainty, the job market continues to expand.  Should there be a downturn in tech hiring, trends monitored by Beantown Web reflect these changes as we proceed through 2019.  Until then ... full speed ahead. 


The list of Top 25 Web Technologies in Boston has been updated for January and appears in the right-hand column.  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.  This list reflects the change in the last seven months.

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 June 2018 ] listed by number of job postings at Indeed.com:

January, 2019
  1. agile *** | 4,308  6%
  2. SQL | 4,124  5%
  3. Python | 3,409  12%
  4. Java | 3,198  5%
  5. social media | 2,197  1%
  6. AWS | 2,038  16%
  7. JavaScript | 1,991  4%
  8. SaaS | 1,863  13%
  9. scrum *** | 1,428  2%
  10. C# | 1,223  13%
  11. Web Services | 1,220  1%
  12. Oracle | 1,165  5%
  13. API | 1,186  15%
  14. UI | 1,058  4%
  15. HTML + CSS | 1,014  15%
  16. Git | 989  12%
  17. UX | 987  13%
  18. SQL Server | 936  25%
  19. Azure | 847  22%
  20. Docker | 787  33%
  21. Android | 773  15%
  22. JIRA | 765  30%
  23. Hadoop | 744  1%
  24. Ruby | 699  3%
  25. Angular | 693  1%
*** 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.

Career Training


Tech job seekers should feel confident that plentiful opportunities will continue through the first half of 2019.  If you are looking to upgrade your tech skills, consider joining Boston PHP Meetup and one its 10 virtual self-study groups [FULL DISCLOSURE: Gene Babon is one of the Co-Organizers of Boston PHP Meetupthe largest education-focused Meetup in New England with more than 3,700 members.]

The Top 50 Web Technologies in Boston are being counted down over the next two months on Beantown Web's Twitter page @webapprentices.

[ NOTE: You can also become Fan of Beantown Web on Facebook. ]