Monday, August 14, 2023

Boston Web Tech Job Market | August 2023

The Headlines

LinkedIn Workforce Report | Boston | August 2023 ~ August 7, 2023

Tech Employment Increases in Still Tight Labor Market, CompTIA  Analysis Finds ~ August 4, 2023

The Job Market in Boston

According to the July 2023 Jobs Report, employers are adding new jobs at a much slower rate than they were a year ago. However, the current pace of job gains is still strong. Employers are still creating jobs and employees are still working.

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 The most in-demand keywords are listed more frequently than less in-demand keywords. This list reflects the change over the last three months. Employers in the Boston metro area appear cautious about hiring as interest rates appear to be peaking along with a possible recession on the horizon.

The Top 20 Web Technologies in Boston

Here are The Top 10 of the 20 most in-demand web technologies [ UP or DOWN from May, 2023 ] ranked by number of job postings on Indeed. "Artificial intelligence" enters the Top 10 for the first time.

August, 2023

  1. Python | 2,650 (job postings) DOWN 18% (from May, 2023)
  2. agile *** | 2,067 DOWN 18%
  3. SQL | 1,869 DOWN 20%
  4. AWS | 1,454 DOWN 6%
  5. Java | 1,093 DOWN 23%
  6. Azure | 981 DOWN 25%
  7. JavaScript | 957 DOWN 25%
  8. C# | 855 DOWN 26%
  9. API | 724 DOWN 19%
  10. artificial intelligence | 705 DOWN 7%
*** Note: While "agile" is not a technology, it is a methodology used in technology development. This keyword appears in many web development job descriptions. Knowledge of and experience with "agile" is desired in many technology-oriented workplaces.

Web Apprentices

To learn more about these and other in-demand technologies, visit Web Apprentices, a technology skills development platform offered as a service to Boston PHP Meetup members and 10,000+ developers and aspiring developers who are members of MergePHP.

The Top 20 Web Technologies in Boston are being counted down over the next 20 days on Beantown Web's X (Twitter) page @webapprentices. Access a complete list of the Top 100 Web Technogies at CodePen.

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Friday, August 04, 2023

Best Business Books | 2022

"Business people who read at least seven business books a year
earn over 2.3 times more
than those who read only one per year."

Source: Business Book Sales Statistics

While I won't promise a doubling in your earning potential, I can help you identify the books that are most likely to add value to your career. These are not my opinions. These are the recommendations of business experts and supported by passionate readers.

For the 14th year in a row Beantown Web has conducted a quasi-scientific meta-search to identify the best business books published during the calendar year. This year's search began by identifying 14 "Best of" lists. This resource list is available upon request. The final results are presented here.

A total of 228 unique books were mentioned on at least one "Best of" list. Among the unique books, 189 were mentioned only once and 39 received multiple recommendations.

The Honorable Mention Shelf

Of the 39 multiple recommendations, 24 books were mentioned on two lists. These books comprise the Honorable Mention list.

The Must-Read Shelf

Of the 15 remaining book recommendations, 11 were mentioned on three lists. These books comprise the Must-Read list:

The Top Shelf

Of the four remaining book recommendations, three were recognized on four lists:

One stands out for being recognized on seven lists:

Personal Recommendations

If 15 books are too many to chose from, then check out the following Short List. The four highest rated books on Goodreads (of the 15 pictured here) are as follows:

I have read one of the four Top Shelf books and one from the 11 on the Must-Read Shelf. As I work through this reading list, I will post my reviews at and share links here.

You can access reviews of more than 100 books I have read on Leadership and Strategy at Pinterest.

Suggested Success Strategy

Regardless of your professional discipline, business is the engine that drives economic growth. The economy continues to improve and job prospects remain strong in 2022. You can help enhance your personal economic prospects by learning more about the business of business.

Goal: Select one business book from the 15 pictured above, read it, practice its principles and shift your career into a higher gear in 2022. Of course, you can select all 15 books, read more than one per month, and receive a guaranteed seat in business class!

NOTE: The 24 Honorable Mention Books of 2022—those recognized on two "Best of" lists—are being counted down on Twitter @genebabon. You can also follow Beantown Web on Facebook @beantownweb.

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