10 Most In-Demand Software Skills

By Karen A. Frenkel  |  Posted 06-11-2014 Email Print this article Print

The current job market has been very good for software developers, especially those with experience in several programming languages. The unemployment rate for software developers was 2.8 percent in Q1 of 2014, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. This is a notable drop from the 5 percent unemployment rate in Q2 of 2009, the quarter when the economic recession ended, and 5.5 percent in Q1 2010. This quarter's report by Dice.com reveals the most-requested skills and platforms, and notes that those with expertise in clusters of language skills are in demand. Furthermore, the Dice report looks at what skills may be needed during the next decade as wearable technologies, the Internet of Things, and robotics and drones increasingly play a larger role. For a copy of the report, click here.

  • Top 10 Software Developer Skills in Demand

    Java/J2EE, NET, C++, C#, Senior experience, SQL, HTML, C, Web, Linux
    Top 10 Software Developer Skills in Demand
  • Java/J2EE Top Programming Language Requested

    Commercialized 20 years ago, Java maintains its dominance of desirable software development skills by a large margin today.
    Java/J2EE Top Programming Language Requested
  • Q1 Tech Job Openings

    In Q1, 80,784 tech jobs were available, with the following breakout: 48,202 full-time, 35,094 contract, 1,828 part-time, 597 telecommuting
    Q1 Tech Job Openings
  • Wanted: Java Skills Bundled With Other Languages

    Java provides a framework for Hadoop, a platform that's useful when you have a lot of data. Java knowledge is also important for Android developers.
    Wanted: Java Skills Bundled With Other Languages
  • Experienced Developers Needed

    Hiring managers value experience and seek senior developers who they match with less experienced developers as they build teams in a tight job market.
    Experienced Developers Needed
  • New and Emerging Technologies

    Today's core of technologies will inevitably change in accordance with trends like wearable electronics, the Internet of Things, and robots and drones. All of these technologies will require a new generation of software developers.
    New and Emerging Technologies
  • Wearable Electronics

    Wearable electronics include smart watches, bracelets and earbuds that measure, among other things, biometrics, and are poised to change how we live, work and play during the next decade. Professionally, UI gurus will benefit from this trend.
    Wearable Electronics
  • The Internet of Things

    Six billion Internet-enabled devices will be manufactured this year. Developers and engineers with expertise in sensors, embedded systems and big data applications will be in high demand.
    The Internet of Things
  • Drones and Robots

    Amazon, Google, and other technology companies interested in robots and drones will generate new jobs in robotic design, engineering and software support.
    Drones and Robots
Karen A. Frenkel writes about technology and innovation and lives in New York City.


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