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Is There An App For That?

Since mobile exploded on the scene several years ago, the demand for application developers has continued to rise very dramatically.


Wanted Analytics brings us the data:


A recent article on ComputerWorld listed programming and application development as one of the hottest IT skills for 2013 and estimated that 60% of companies plan to hire for these skills in the next 12 months. We decided to look at app development to see what hiring looks like now and emerging trends.


In the past 90 days, there were just over 100,000 available online job ads that required app development skills. Despite growing demand in the beginning of the year, a slowing demand puts this at a modest 2% increase compared to the same 90-day period in 2011.


Hiring Demand for Application Development – 4 Year Hiring Trend


Hiring Demand for Application Development 

Source: WANTED Analytics


Below are some of the job titles that most commonly require app development.


  • Java Developer
  • Software Engineer
  • .NET Developer
  • Senior Software Engineer
  • Senior Java Developer
  • Project Manager
  • Web Developer
  • Programmer
  • Application Developer
  • Business Analyst

In the article, one company said they are looking for app developers with experience in Java, J2EE, and .NET. We looked at the most in-demand skills in these job ads and saw that this is in line with many other employers. J2EE is the only skill mentioned that didn’t appear on the top 10 list below (it didn’t appear on our list until #15.)


Most in-demand skills in application development job ads:


  1. Structured query language (SQL)
  2. Oracle Java
  3. Software development
  4. JavaScript (JS)
  5. Microsoft SQL Server (MS SQL)
  6. Extensible markup language (XML)
  7. Project management
  8. Microsoft .NET Framework (.NET)
  9. Hypertext markup language (HTML)
  10. Quality Assurance (QA)

Since application development is a niche tech skill, it’s probably not too surprising that Recruiters are likely to find candidates hard to find. On average, job ads for app developing skills remain online for 5.5 weeks. Based on the below map of Hiring Scales™ for this talent, you can see that these positions will be hard-to-fill, with most locations appearing as yellow, orange, or red. This depicts harder-to-fill positions. However, there are a few bright green areas, which show locations where this talent will be less difficult to recruit. Recruiters can look for candidates in these regions and target their job ads to attract potential candidates. Some locations where these jobs will be least difficult to source candidates are Eugene (OR), Mobile (AL), Poughkeepsie (NY), Monroe (LA), and Evansville, (IN). Lower demand from employers in these cities is likely to cause less competition, a shorter time-to-fill, and easier overall recruiting conditions.


Hiring Scales for Application Developers in the United States


Hiring Scales for Application Developers across the US 

Source: WANTED Analytics

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