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 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.

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Friday, June 05, 2020

Best Business Books | 2019

"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.

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.

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.

I have read two of the four Short List books, plus three more from the Top Shelf. As I work through this reading list, I will post my reviews at and share links here.

You can access more than 100 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 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.

View ALL annual Best Business Books blog postings.