Data Skills Crashes Dice Top Five Hiring Demands
January 21, 2013 Dan Burger
The sun has just eased over the horizon of calendar year 2013, but those up-at-the-crack-of-dawn, career-minded folks at Dice are already predicting steady growth in the hiring of tech talent in the first half of the year. Recruiting priorities are essentially unchanged with Java professionals leading the way, but a new skill category has slipped into the top 10.
Hiring managers and recruiters say data skills are a hot–and getting hotter–ticket in the job market. Not quite on the radar last year, data wranglers are considered a necessary investment, especially when those talents are tied to communication skills.
Just a little more than two years ago, DB2 for i expert Mike Cain predicted the importance of what he calls database engineers in the IBM i environment. Cain has had numerous conversations with executives concerning the staffing and skills required to analyze database performance and scalability, create new features and functionality, recognize what not to change, and identify where changes are appropriate.
The roles and responsibilities of a database engineer change depending on the company and the size of the staff, IBM‘s Cain said, but education and training of existing staff will be necessary, or companies will have to hire database experts on the open market.
Dice reports the number of job postings for data analysts and database professionals has more than triple in year-to-year comparisons.
Dice also noted a continuing demand for developers, with application developers feeling the most love in a stronger job market. The biggest demand is for Java/J2EE developers. More than one in five of the 77,000 jobs posted on Dice contained some mention of the need for java know-how.
Mobile application developers are the second most desired hire on the early 2013 most wanted list. That should come as no surprise. If you watch the Four Hundred Monitor calendar of events, there is a steady stream of webinars on this topic and the tech conferences are loaded with sessions on mobile app dev. With smartphone business use on a fast upward trajectory, mobile development skills should continue to see demand for several years, at least.
Rounding out the current hiring priorities list are .NET professionals and software developers.