Mobile technology's continuing growth means more employers expect candidates to know how to build applications for smartphones, tablets and their various cousins. Expertise in mobile development is becoming a requirement across the technology landscape, says WANTED Analytics, which provides data analysis to recruiters. Are you finding more employers expect you to have mobile experience along with your other skills? Let us know by posting a comment below. "Software Engineers, Web Developers, Java Developers, Project Managers, and Application Developers (are) the most common job titles to include these requirements in their (job) ads," the company says. Between February 2011 and February 2012, demand for mobile skills rose 82 percent, the company reports. Impressive. But what's eye-popping is the growth in 2010 of 295 percent and 2009 of 400 percent. The most sought-after skills are:
  1. Java
  2. Android OS
  3. JavaScript
  4. Structured query language (SQL)
  5. HTML
  6. CSS
  7. Linux
  8. XML
  9. Unix
  10. AJAX
As for certifications, employers look out for these:
  1. Project Management Professional (PMP)
  2. Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP)
  3. Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer (MCSE)
  4. Cisco Certified Network Professional (CCNP)
  5. Microsoft Certified IT Professional (MCITP)
Mobile talent is most in demand in New York, Seattle, San Jose, San Francisco and Washington, D.C. Observers expect demand will continue as the need for qualified professionals continues to exceed the number of those available.