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Organizations across the country built their tech stacks on a handful of popular technologies, including programming languages such as Python and SQL, cloud platforms such as Amazon Web Services (AWS) and Microsoft Azure, and cutting-edge technologies such as automation. Job posting data makes it clear that hiring managers and recruiters are on the hunt for technology professionals who have mastered these popular technologies and can use them to iterate and evolve tech stacks.
At the same time, many employers are thinking ahead to the future, and hiring those technology professionals who have a grasp of emerging technologies that could make a huge difference in coming decades. For that reason, artificial intelligence and machine learning saw notable year-over-year growth. And, as more organizations awaken to the importance of data science to their long-term future, there’s equally intense demand for R (a programming language used in data analysis), Power BI, data science and related disciplines.
Many organizations (particularly larger tech companies) hired exuberantly during the first half of the year, only to start tightening their proverbial belts in the face of economic uncertainty. However, these technologies are so fundamental to modern business operations, and so critical for the foreseeable future, that employers will likely continue hiring for them no matter what.
For technology professionals, the takeaway is clear: mastering some of the most popular programming languages and tools can open all kinds of opportunities, given the widespread demand for those skills. As this breakdown makes clear, employers are also interested in technology professionals’ grasp of the fundamentals of software engineering and systems; once you learn those, you can solve all kinds of challenges for a variety of organizations. And keep an eye on next-generation technologies such as automation and machine learning, as these will play an ever-bigger role in organizations over the next decade and beyond.
Top 50 Tech Skills by Job Posting Volume
Rank and % Change from Jan–Oct 2021 to Jan–Oct 2022
Top 25 Tech Skills by YoY Job Posting Growth
Increase from Jan–Oct 2021 to Jan–Oct 2022
Only Skills in Top 100 by posting volume considered