IT Jobs and Skills in Continue to Be In Demand

IT continues to be a hot area for hiring across the country. What are some of the titles in demand?

 

WANTED Analytics brings us the data:

 

We recently reported on the most in-demand IT skills in the US and in Canada. Today, we’re reviewing which IT or computer occupations were most commonly advertised during the past 30 days and which ones experienced the highest growth when compared to the same 30-day period last year.

 

Most In-Demand Computer Occupations
  1. Software Developers, Applications
  2. Web Developers
  3. Computer Systems Analysts
  4. Computer User Support Specialists
  5. Network and Computer Systems Administrators
  6. Information Technology Project Managers
  7. Computer Programmers
  8. Software Quality Assurance Engineers and Testers
  9. Computer Systems Engineers/Architects
  10. Database Administrators

There were over 739,000 computer occupation job ads posted online during the last 30 days. When comparing the past 30-day period to the same time frame in 2012, only 3 occupations listed above experienced year-over-year growth: Computer and Information Research Scientists (15.1% increase), Geographic Information Systems Technicians (4.5%), and Software Developers Applications (4,1%). Overall IT hiring demand was 5.5% lower than it was during the same 30-day period last year. Interestingly, of the occupations that saw growth only Software Developers was on the US News Best Jobs of 2013 (technology occupations) list that we highlighted in February. However, the remaining occupations on their list were among the occupations with the largest number of job ads (Computer Systems Analyst, Database Administrator, Web Developer, and Computer Programmer.)

The New York metro area had the highest number of job ads posted online over the past 30 days, followed by Washington (DC), San Francisco (CA), Seattle (WA) and Los Angeles (CA). Despite being the NYC metro area having the most demand, New York state ranks 3rd in the US. The combined demand in the Silicon Valley and Los Angeles positions California as the number one state with the highest demand for computer occupations. Texas ranks as number two and is the only state of the top 5 to see a year-over-year increase.

Computer Occupation Hiring Demand by Metro Areas with the Most Job Ads

Hiring Demand by Metro Areas with the Most Job Ads
SOURCE: WANTED Analytics
Most In-Demand Computer Occupations
  1. Software Developers, Applications
  2. Web Developers
  3. Computer Systems Analysts
  4. Computer User Support Specialists
  5. Network and Computer Systems Administrators
  6. Information Technology Project Managers
  7. Computer Programmers
  8. Software Quality Assurance Engineers and Testers
  9. Computer Systems Engineers/Architects
  10. Database Administrators

 

 

There were over 739,000 computer occupation job ads posted online during the last 30 days. When comparing the past 30-day period to the same time frame in 2012, only 3 occupations listed above experienced year-over-year growth: Computer and Information Research Scientists (15.1% increase), Geographic Information Systems Technicians (4.5%), and Software Developers Applications (4,1%). Overall IT hiring demand was 5.5% lower than it was during the same 30-day period last year. Interestingly, of the occupations that saw growth only Software Developers was on the US News Best Jobs of 2013 (technology occupations) list that we highlighted in February. However, the remaining occupations on their list were among the occupations with the largest number of job ads (Computer Systems Analyst, Database Administrator, Web Developer, and Computer Programmer.)

 

 

The New York metro area had the highest number of job ads posted online over the past 30 days, followed by Washington (DC), San Francisco (CA), Seattle (WA) and Los Angeles (CA). Despite being the NYC metro area having the most demand, New York state ranks 3rd in the US. The combined demand in the Silicon Valley and Los Angeles positions California as the number one state with the highest demand for computer occupations. Texas ranks as number two and is the only state of the top 5 to see a year-over-year increase.

 

 

Computer Occupation Hiring Demand by Metro Areas with the Most Job Ads

Hiring Demand by Metro Areas with the Most Job Ads
SOURCE: WANTED Analytics
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Hiring Trends for Mobile Skills

WANTED Analytics again brings us a valuable piece of knowledge about the job market. This insight into mobile skills that are currently in demand is a great read and could be very useful in your search for a job.

 

Business Insider recently shared graphs showing the way that market share in the mobile phone industry has changed and how entry points are being blocked by the big developers. Considering the shifting mobile phone consumer demand and that mobile skills are soaring in demand, we wondered which particular phone skill is most commonly required.

 

In April 2013, over 46,900 job ads appeared online that required Android, Blackberry, Windows phone, and/or iPhone skills. This is actually a 19% increase when compared to April 2012. Android skills were the most commonly required with about 29,000 listings, 41% more than last April. This may demonstrate that not only is Android’s consumer demand and market share increasing, but also that employers are looking for ways to develop products specifically for this operating system.

 

Hiring Demand for Android, Blackberry, iPhone, and Windows Phone Skills

 

 

Hiring Demand for Android, Blackberry, iPhone, and Windows Phone Skills

SOURCE: WANTED Analytics

Most In-Demand Occupations

 

Android Skills

  1. Software Developers, Applications
  2. Web Developers
  3. Computer Programmers
  4. Computer User Support Specialists
  5. Software Quality Assurance Engineers and Testers
  6. Software Developers, Systems Software
  7. Marketing Managers
  8. Network and Computer Systems Administrators
  9. Retail Salespersons
  10. Computer Systems Engineers/Architects
Blackberry Skills

  1. Computer User Support Specialists
  2. Network and Computer Systems Administrators
  3. Software Developers, Applications
  4. Maintenance and Repair Workers, General
  5. Web Developers
  6. Automotive Specialty Technicians
  7. Sales Representatives, Wholesales Manufacturing,
    Except Technical and Scientific Products
  8. Executive Secretaries and Executive Administrative Assistants
  9. Software Quality Assurance Engineers and Testers
  10. Sales Representatives Services, All Other
Windows Phone Skills

  1. Software Developers, Applications
  2. Marketing Managers
  3. Web Developers
  4. Software Quality Assurance Engineers and Testers
  5. Computer Programmers
  6. Software Developers, Systems Software
  7. Network and Computer Systems Administrators
  8. Computer User Support Specialists
  9. Computer and Information Systems Managers
  10. Computer Systems Engineers/Architects
Apple iPhone Skills

  1. Software Developers, Applications
  2. Web Developers
  3. Computer User Support Specialists
  4. Computer Programmers
  5. Retail Salespersons
  6. Sales Representatives, All Other
  7. Software Quality Assurance Engineers and Testers
  8. Network and Computer Systems Administrators
  9. Marketing Managers
  10. Telemarketers

As of April 2013, Applications Software Developers was the most commonly advertised occupation for these smartphone skills. Demand for Applications Software Developers grew 46% when compared to April of last year. Overall, tech related positions were most in-demand. Sales, marketing, administrative, and repair jobs appeared on many of these lists requiring smartphone skills.

 

It’s to be expected that tech jobs require these skills for programming, software development, testing, and troubleshooting, but how do the non-technical occupations use smartphone knowledge? Job ads for Marketing Managers require candidates to market and manage mobile product lines and improve customer engagement through smartphones and mobile devices. Sales responsibilities include selling online advertising on iPhone applications, custom applications for iPhones and Androids, services to companies to build mobile friendly websites that will appear on certain smartphones, and selling the actual product to the consumer. Administrative duties include handling Blackberry setups and contacts, acting as a liaison for remote access, and responding to Blackberry or iPhone emails and voice mails. Many job ads also requested that candidates simply be familiar with these tools.

 

Of these smartphones, Windows phone skills are likely to be the most difficult to recruit, scoring a 77 on our Hiring Scale (out of a possible 99, with 99 indicating hard-to-fill.) Considering that Windows phones were made available to the public in 2010, it’s understandable that there may not be enough available candidates with this experience. According to our Hiring Scale, the best recruiting conditions can be found in Boulder, CO. Even though this metro area has the lowest score, conditions in this city are still likely to be relatively difficult, scoring a 50.

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Everything’s Bigger in Texas, Including Hiring.

Hiring in Texas is on the rise. What types of positions and where is the hiring happening specifically? Wanted Analytics brings us the data:

 

In April, Texas was among the states with the most job ads posted online, second only to California. As of April 2013, the number of job listings in Texas was larger than last year, rising 15% when compared to April 2012. Employers posted the highest number of job ads in the Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington metro area, representing a 17% year-over-year increase. Demand in the Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown metro area has followed a similar 4-year pattern and rose 21% in the past year. These 2 Texas cities were also among the metro areas with the highest demand in the nation.

 

Hiring Demand in Texas’s Metro Areas with the Most Job Ads

 

 

Texas Hiring Demand in Metro Areas with the Most Job Ads 

SOURCE: WANTED Analytics

 

Below are the most commonly advertised occupations in Texas. Overall, the largest number of job ads appeared in sales, administrative support, and healthcare fields.  The top portion of the list below matches the most commonly advertised occupations throughout the nation. The lower half is slightly different. Nationally, Web Developers, Software Developers (Applications), and Marketing Managers were more in-demand. Instead, Texas sees high demand for Maintenance and Repair Workers (General), Computer Systems Analysts, and First-Line Supervisor of Office and Administrative Support Workers.

 

Most Commonly Advertised Occupations in Texas

 

  1. Registered Nurses
  2. Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers
  3. Retail Salespersons
  4. First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers
  5. First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers
  6. Customer Service Representatives
  7. Maintenance and Repair Workers, General
  8. Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products
  9. Computer Systems Analysts
  10. First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers

Only 1 of the 10 most advertised industries, engineering services, saw a decline in demand over the past year (marked in red below.) The remaining industries (marked in green) all saw year-over-year growth. General medical and surgical hospitals had the most job ads posted online while full-service restaurants experienced the highest growth.

 

Industries with the Most Job Ads in Texas

(Including Job Volume and Percentage Growth)

Industries with the Highest Demand in Texas 

SOURCE: WANTED Analytics

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Hiring For “Gamers”?

Hiring for candidates known as “gamers” continues to escalate. Skill sets are varied but multiple industries utilize the core attributes making hiring challenging and very competitive.

 

Wanted Analytics brings us the data:

 

Companies have been using gamification techniques to engage customers and they’re are also incorporating these strategies into employee and candidate programs through orientation, onboarding, health and wellness, and employee referral campaigns. As gamification evolves and more employers utilize these strategies, will hiring for gamification and video gaming skills continue to grow? When comparing April 2012 to April 2013, demand rose 23%. Over the past 4 years, there was a surge in demand during October and December 2011 for Video Gaming User Specialists.

 

Hiring Demand for Gamification and Video Gaming Skills

 

Hiring Demand for Gamification and Video Gaming Skills

SOURCE: WANTED Analytics

 

Most Commonly Advertised Job Titles for Gamification and Video Gaming Skills

 

  1. Video Gaming User Specialist
  2. Video Games Sales Specialist
  3. Technical Support
  4. Brand Ambassador
  5. Technician Support Video Gaming
  6. Seasonal Military Game Advisor Store
  7. Brand Advocate Microsoft
  8. Technician Support Broadband Gaming Program
  9. Camp Instructor
  10. Video Games Sales Specialist

Most of the job titles above are new to the list since the last time we reported on this topic. The only two jobs that still commonly require gamification and video gaming skills are Video Gaming User Specialist and Video Game Sales Specialists, which both moved up the list. 40% of the job titles listed are tech related. The remaining jobs are in marketing, sales, and educational fields. The educational title of Camp Instructor refers to summer technology programs at college campuses that will teach young people how to create video games.

 

It is likely to be difficult to hire candidates with gamification or video gaming experience, scoring a 64 on our Hiring Scale. (Our Hiring Scale ranges from 1 – 99, with 99 representing hard-to-fill.) San Francisco, the city with the greatest number of job ads, currently has some of the most difficult recruiting conditions, scoring a 76. Recruiters in San Francisco may potentially reduce hiring difficulty by sourcing talent in a nearby city with more favorable conditions, such as San Jose (CA), which scores a 47 on our Hiring Scale. San Jose presents the second best recruiting conditions next to Utica-Rome (NY), currently scoring a 13.

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Software Hiring Tied to Manufacturing?

Is the hiring momentum in Manufacturing tied to the rise in Software Engineering hires? For many companies, the hiring trend is a key indicator of company and industry strength. For US based manufacturers, the data is clear. Great news for embedded programmers.

 

Wanted Analytics brings us the data:

We’ve been tracking manufacturing hiring trends and noticed that America is likely to surpass worldwide competition. Reuters recently claimed that, “the major reason why U.S. manufacturing is so well positioned for a renaissance is software that can bring the real and virtual worlds together in a way that erases all boundaries between the two.” Software connects every function enabling manufacturers to streamline the process and increase productivity. Since software can potentially be the key to America’s manufacturing resurgence, we investigated hiring demand for Software Developers in manufacturing.

 

In February, there were more than 8,500 job ads posted online for Software Developers in the manufacturing industry, representing 8% of all Software Developer demand. Despite declining 9% in the past year when comparing February 2013 to February 2012, hiring for Software Developers in manufacturing is 61% higher than demand seen at this time 4 years ago.

 

Most In-Demand Software Developer Job Titles

 

  1. Software Engineer
  2. Senior Software Engineer
  3. Systems Engineer
  4. Embedded Software Engineer
  5. Applications Engineer
  6. Associate Software Engineer
  7. Senior Software Engineer
  8. Principal Software Engineer
  9. Senior Embedded Software Engineer
  10. Software Development Engineer

On average, it is likely to be moderately difficult to recruit Software Developers in manufacturing, scoring a 59 (out of a possible 99, where 99 indicates hard-to-fill.) 5 metro areas score below 20 on our Hiring Scale.

 

Best Cities to Recruit Software Developers and Their Hiring Scale Scores

 

  1. Sioux Falls, SD – 5
  2. Santa Rosa, CA – 14
  3. Rochester, MN – 15
  4. Green Bay, WI – 16
  5. Allentown, PA – 18

Each of the cities listed above are currently experiencing low hiring demand. In locations with higher demand, such as San Jose (sc0re 65) and San Diego (score 63), recruiting conditions are likely to be more difficult. Below is the nationwide heat map of hiring difficulty. Green indicates metro areas with the most favorable recruiting conditions.

 

Hiring Scale Heat Map for Software Developers in Manufacturing

 

Hiring Scale for Software Developers in Manufacturing 

SOURCE: WANTED Analytics

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Engineering Jobs Set New Hiring Records

Demand for Engineering professionals continues to climb upward. Is there an end in sight or is this just the beginning of a demand phase that promises to continue for decades to come? What is the impact of all these unfilled technology jobs?

 

Wanted Analytics brings us the data: Hiring for engineers continues and many Recruiters have been searching for information on sourcing these professionals. With growing interest, we decided to look at overall engineering hiring demand. Here are most commonly advertised engineering job titles:

 

  1. Mechanical Engineer
  2. Electrical Engineer
  3. Manufacturing Engineer
  4. Quality Engineer
  5. Engineer
  6. Project Engineer
  7. Process Engineer
  8. Design Engineer
  9. Engineering Technician
  10. Senior Electrical Engineer
  11. Senior Mechanical Engineer
  12. Test Engineer
  13. Mechanical Design Engineer
  14. Industrial Engineer
  15. Technician

January saw a new high in jobs being advertised, with more than 280,000 postings. About 82% of these jobs were advertised by employers directly, while staffing firms and other recruiting agencies accounted for about 18% of postings. The industries with the most demand for engineers were Engineering Services, Semiconductor and Related Device Manufacturing, and Research and Development in the Physical, Engineering, and Life Sciences (except Biotechnology). Engineering Services had the most ads in January with more than 15,000, growing 13% compared to January of 2012.

 

Hiring Demand for Engineers

Source: WANTED Analytics

 

Employers in Houston have the most jobs being advertised currently, with about 4,900 listings. Los Angeles, Detroit, San Jose, and New York round out the top 5 metro areas with the most job ads for Engineers. Of these 5 locations, our Hiring Scale shows that Engineers are likely to be the hardest to fill in Detroit. With growing demand (up 30% year-over-year in January), there is more competition to attract talent. However, the talent pool in Detroit is the smallest of these locations. In comparison, employers in New York are likely to experience better conditions. While Detroit scores a 72 (highest possible score of 99,) New York’s Hiring Scale score is 41. It’s likely to be easier than average to fill engineering jobs in New York than the national average.

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IT Continues to Lead in Hiring..

IT continues to be a significant hiring leader in the market right now. What cities specifically are impacted by the trend? Wanted Analytics brings us the data:

 

Modis, an information technology staffing firm, recently announced hot cities for IT in 2013. These cities were selected based on job availability and industry trends. We looked at their top 5 cities and listed the most in-demand IT job titles in each location. We expected to see Silicon Valley (San Francisco) and Silicon Alley (New York) among the “hot” cities; however, some of the mid-west locations surprised us.

 

San Francisco, CA Washington, DC Minneapolis, MN
  1. Java Developer
  2. Software Engineer
  3. Senior Software Engineer
  4. Project Manager
  5. Web Developer
  6. Senior Java Developer
  7. Quality Assurance Engineer
  8. Network Engineer
  9. Business Analyst
  10. .NET Developer
  1. Java Developer
  2. Software Engineer
  3. Systems Engineer
  4. Project Manager
  5. Network Engineer
  6. Systems Administrator
  7. Senior Java Developer
  8. Senior Systems Manager
  9. Senior Software Engineer
  10. Program Manager
  1. Java Developer
  2. Project Manager
  3. .NET Developer
  4. Business Analyst
  5. Software Engineer
  6. Senior Java Developer
  7. Web Developer
  8. Senior Software Engineer
  9. Business Systems Analyst
  10. Senior Project Manager
St. Louis, MO New York, NY
  1. Java Developer
  2. Project Manager
  3. Software Engineer
  4. Network Engineer
  5. Business Analyst
  6. Senior Java Developer
  7. .NET Developer
  8. Systems Engineer
  9. Systems Administrator
  10. Senior Software Engineer
  1. Java Developer
  2. Project Manager
  3. Senior Java Developer
  4. .NET Developer
  5. Business Analyst
  6. Web Developer
  7. Software Engineer
  8. Network Engineer
  9. Developer
  10. Senior Software Engineer

 

Most of the job titles appear in all of the cities, except in a different order. However, there are some titles that are unique to each area. Quality Assurance Engineer only appears in San Francisco. Minneapolis is the only city where Business Systems Analyst and Senior Project Manager rank among the top 10 job titles. Developer is unique to New York. Senior Systems Manager and Program Manager are only listed in Washington, DC. St. Louis shares 2 different job titles, Systems Administrator and Systems Engineer, with Washington, DC.

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Hiring Software Engineers? Try These Cities (Hint: Really?)

Companies and recruiters have to be very resourceful in locating and securing talented software engineers in today’s hyper competitive market. Where are the top locations to seek out viable talent?

 

Wanted Analytics brings us the data and some very surprising locations:

 

Hiring demand for Applications Software Engineers continues to grow. In November, the number of job ads available online for Software Engineers was up 17.5% compared to November of 2011. More than 13,000 employers had a total of 86,000 jobs available at some point during November, making it the 3rd most in-demand technology related occupation. As hiring continues and competition among employers increases, Recruiters are likely to see more and more difficulties in sourcing this highly demanded talent. So, to give you a competitive edge among other companies, we thought we’d provide some of the best current locations for finding potential candidates.

 

Map of Hiring Scales for Recruiting Software Engineers in the US

 

Hiring Scales for Recruiting Software Engineers in the US 

Source: WANTED Analytics

 

By the above map of Hiring Scales for Software Engineers shows current recruiting conditions in major metropolitan areas across the US. The cities where these jobs are likely to be the most difficult to fill are depicted in red. It’s not surprising that tech hubs like San Francisco and San Jose (Silicon Valley) and Seattle would find Software Engineers hard-to-fill. However, there are some smaller metro areas where hiring demand is growing quickly. Some of those locations include Charleston (South Carolina), Bloomington-Normal (Illinois), and Fayetteville (North Carolina). Charleston ranks on our Hiring Scale as a 94 (out of 99,) showing that Recruiters here are likely to see many challenges when sourcing potential candidates.

 

Hiring Scale for Software Engineers in Charleston, South Carolina

 

Hiring Scale for Software Engineers in Charleston, South Carolina 

Source: WANTED Analytics

 

So, where are the best cities to source Software Engineers? Below are the 10 locations likely to see the best conditions for finding this talent:

 

  1. El Paso, TX
  2. Las Cruces, NM
  3. Jackson, MS
  4. Evansville, IN
  5. Wausau, WI
  6. Chattanooga, TN
  7. Mobile, AL
  8. Rochester, MN
  9. Fort Wayne, IN
  10. Davenport-Moline-Rock Island, IA

El Paso, Texas is currently experiencing the best conditions for this talent, with a Hiring Scale score of 5. There are only 8 employers currently recruiting Software Engineers in this metro area. If you are about to source candidates in El Paso and relocate (or allow the to work remotely) you are likely to see less competition from other companies and have more candidates to source from. The same can be said for the other locations above. There are far fewer jobs being advertised in these locations.

 

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Tech Hiring: Number One Skill In Demand?

What is the number one tech skill in demand?

 

SQL. So says Wanted Analytics and their data:

 

We often look at technology hiring demand, but today we wanted to focus just on the skill that is most commonly required in online technology job ads: Structured query language or SQL. In October, there were about 175,000 technical jobs available online that required SQL experience or knowledge.  This is a 6% increase in demand compared to 1 year ago, and represents about 26% of all IT related hiring demand. After reaching an all-time high demand in March, demand has been gradually declining from month-to-month. However, it saw an increase in October. Will it continue to grow through the end of the year?

 

Hiring Demand for SQL Skills – 4 Year Hiring Trend

 

Hiring Demand for SQL Skills 

Source: WANTED Analytics

 

SQL skill requirements can be seen in most computer related occupations. However, Web Developers and Computer System Analysts have the highest demand for this skill set. In October, just over 40,000 jobs were online with this requirement, a 10% increase compared to October of 2011. Computer Systems Analysts, along with Software Engineers (applications), grew by about 6%.

 

Occupations that Most Commonly Require SQL Skills – October 2012 vs. October 2011

 

Occupations that most commonly require SQL skills 

Source: WANTED Analytics

 

What other skills are commonly required alongside SQL? Below are the 10 other skills that are also seen in tech jobs that require structured query language:

 

  1. Microsoft SQL Server (MS SQL)
  2. Oracle Java
  3. Software development
  4. JavaScript
  5. Extensible Markup Language (XML)
  6. Relational Database Management System (RDBMS)
  7. UNIX
  8. Problem solving
  9. Microsoft .NET Framework (.NET)
  10. Hypertext Markup Language (HTML)
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Skill Requirements and Engineer Recruitment: Asking Too Much?

What behind the massive glut of job openings for Engineering talent across the country? Are there no candidates or are the hiring skill requirements too high for most of the available talent?

 

Wanted Analytics brings us some analysis on the topic:

 

Engineers are one of the most in-demand occupations in the US.  In September, there were more than 184,000 available job listings online for engineering jobs. Although seasonal trends may be affecting month-to-month hiring demand, the number of job ads has still grown compared to last year, representing a 12% year-over-year increase and 17% growth from two years ago. The most in-demand engineering job titles in the US are Mechanical Engineer, Electrical Engineer, Manufacturing Engineer, Quality Engineer, and Project Engineer.

 

4-Year Hiring Trend for Engineers – Monthly Job Ad Volumes in the US

 

Hiring Demand for Engineers 

Source: WANTED Analytics

 

As one of the STEM fields and an area that seems to be constantly evolving, these jobs are often considered hard-to-fill. Some of this may be related to the combination of skills required of potential candidates. In addition to traditional engineering skills and certifications, like quality assurance (QA) and Six Sigma, we noticed there are several technologies that are more commonly being required in engineering jobs. Computer-aided design (CAD) experience is a common job requirement, and knowledge of programs like Autodesk AutoCAD and SolidWorks CAD are some of the most in-demand skills for Engineers. For example, Autodesk AutoCAD is more commonly listed as a qualification in online job ads than Six Sigma skills. Overall, the number of job ads that look for candidates with CAD knowledge or experience is up 14% compared to September 2011.

 

As employers increase hiring demand for Engineers and begin to look for candidates with new skill sets, they are likely to experience more competition and an increased difficulty to fill. Our Hiring Scale™ shows that employers across the United States leave engineering job ads online for an average of 6.5 weeks. However, each location and region of the US experiences a varying degree of difficulty and time-to-hire. Companies in Athens, Georgia and Jefferson City, Missouri are currently experiencing more challenging overall recruiting conditions since hiring in these areas is growing more quickly than the local talent supply can support. Job ads in these locations remain online for an average of 9 weeks – 2.5 weeks longer than the national average. In comparison, the Hiring Scale also shows that employers in Binghamton, New York and Virginia Beach, Virginia are experiencing some of the least difficulties. Larger talent supply compared to the hiring demand by employers in these metro areas means that open engineering jobs are likely to be filled easier and faster. The average duration of a job ad in these locations is 5.5 weeks.

 

Below is a heat map of Hiring Scales in major metropolitan areas across the US. How does your city compare?

 

Heat Map of Hiring Scales for Engineering Jobs in the US

 

Heat Map of Hiring Scales for Engineering Jobs in the US 

Source: WANTED Analytics

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