IT In Demand: Software Developer Job Postings Continue to Increase

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Each quarter, CompTIA AITP looks at data from Burning Glass Technologies of IT job postings in the United States in order to assess the state of the IT job market, identify potential emerging trends and pinpoint in-demand tech, business and soft skills that employers want from their IT pros. Here’s what we learned in Q2 2018. 

The IT job market isn't slowing down.

In fact, if Q2 2018 is any indication, the job market for IT pros is red hot. Last quarter, the number of IT job postings in the United States was 768,431 as compared to 582,910 in Q2 2017—a 32 percent increase in postings.

Which jobs are in demand? Nearly every IT occupation saw an increase, but the following occupation titles saw substantial increases (30 percent or more) in the number of postings: software developers, network and computer systems administrators and computer user support specialists, among others. Here are the top 10 occupation titles based on number of postings: 

IT Occupation Title # IT Job Ads Q2 2018 # IT Job Ads Q2 2017
Software Developers, Applications 227,477 176,530
Computer User Support Specialists 67,184 48,443
Computer Systems Engineers/Architects 56,677 45,033
Computer Systems Analysts 50,593 36,549
Web Developers 47,028 40,789
Information Technology Project Managers 46,850 31,628
Information Security Analysts 35,295 26,269
Network and Computer Systems Administrators 34,103 26,113
Business Intelligence Analysts 33,534 22,725
Database Administrators 31,320 26,811

Postings for software developers increased by more than 50,000.

Software developers continue to be in high demand. According to Cyberstates 2018, there are 1.4 million software and web developers—which is the largest and fastest-growing category of tech jobs. The US Bureau of Labor Statistics projects that software developer jobs will increase by 30 percent between 2016 and 2026. According to Burning Glass Labor Insights, there were more than 227,000 job software developer job postings in Q2 2018 versus 176,530 during the same period in 2017, an increase of more than 50,000. 

Analytical business skills are in demand.

As the IT function shifts into a more strategic organizational role, tech pros must be able to work across departments and combine their technical know-how with business skills. The demand for tech pros to have certain skills outside of traditional IT is growing in a variety of areas that spans soft skills, such as customer service, communication and training as well as more analytical skills, such as data visualization, data science, finance and lean manufacturing. According to Q2 2018 job postings data, the demand for these 10 skills are growing the fastest: 

Skill Cluster # of Job Postings
Project Management 132,906
Basic Customer Service 98,740
Writing 38,661
General Sales 33,915
Data Visualization 25,122
Data Science 23,128
Lean Manufacturing 14,538
Employee Training 11,540
General Accounting 11,503
Government Clearance and Security Standards 10,764

Python's popularity increases.

The top 10 specialized skills employers are looking for includes multiple programming languages, including Python—and the increase in demand for Python is outpacing all other specialized skills in the top 10. In Q2 2017, 60,837 job postings were looking for candidates with Python skills; in Q1 2018 that number rose to 66,328. In Q2, more than 90,000 jobs were looking for candidates with Python skills. Python is now considered a top three programming language, and according to the TIOBE Index, Python is becoming "increasingly ubiquitous" at universities for all subjects that require programming, as well as in the industry. The key to its popularity is that it is easy to learn, install and deploy.

Specialized Skill

# of IT Job Postings

Growth category

SQL

170,893

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Java

146,847

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Software Development

127,287

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JavaScript

105,511

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Project Management

101,850

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Linux

90,150

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Python

90,133

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Software Engineering

90,117

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Oracle

80,259

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Customer Service

73,761

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