Need proof that it’s the coding generation? Coding is now a compulsory part of the curriculum for primary school children in Australia, with basic concepts first introduced in kindergarten and increasingly getting more sophisticated as schooling progresses. By the time students reach high school they will be learning to code in general purpose language.
Need yet more proof? Type coding into Google and the first search term that comes up is ‘coding for kids’. It’s now understood that the demand for skilled tech workers will continue to rise and by teaching kids code early, we will create more future software and hardware engineers. With a major gender diversity issue in software, it’s particularly great news that young girls will be exposed to coding in primary school and in a position to make an informed decision on whether CS or IT is something they want to pursue as a career. Currently, employers are wanting gender diversity in the workplace, but female talent is simply not available.
I digress, we’re here to talk about today’s current landscape. The pressure to keep up with emerging tech and the growing demand for certain skills seems relentless so whether you’re an established IT professional or an aspiring one, we’ve got some helpful info on what skills are currently the fastest growing, most in-demand, and likely to get you hired in 2019.
New skills to put on your resume
Our resident digital guru, Ryan Halston, says in the area of software development and engineering the fastest growing technologies for front and back end developers are React.js and Node.js respectively.
What Ryan’s seeing ‘in the field’ is backed up by LinkedIn talent insights.
Insights show that the fastest growing skill for front end developers among those in the computer science profession is React which has shown growth of 79% in the last year. But there are only 2733 candidates listed with that skill from 30,522 Computer Science professionals, and hiring demand is high across the board in every state as well as areas like the Gold Coast, Newcastle and Wollongong.
There are currently 1000 active jobs and only 98 professionals with React skills are off the market, which is less than 10%. Companies showing an appetite for skills in this front end framework include Atlassian, Google, IBM, Telstra, Boeing and some of the top 4 banks.
For backend developers, Node.js is the fast growing skill with a 45% increase in one year to 3110 candidates. Of these, just 21 have been hired, and 2115 have changed jobs in the past year. From a recruiters perspective, there are only 1000 in the whole of Australia that are available and there are 40 job posts looking for talent. Only 13% of these are female and they’re in high demand so any female developers should strongly consider learning Node.js.
Again, professionals with this skill are concentrated in Sydney and Melbourne, followed by Brisbane, Perth and Adelaide with hiring demand high across the board in every state. The same top companies looking for people with React skills are also in search of candidates with Node on their CV.
Ryan noted that old software like .Net and Java appear to be on the decline. While Java as a programming language is not going anywhere anytime soon, it’s being used with other more modern and effective languages that JVM served as a platform for. Some of the languages being lauded include Scala, Groovy and Clojure. Worldwide, Python continues its rise and is the fastest-growing major language today, and one that developers are increasingly wanting to learn.
Fullstack or specialist
Another major trend we’re seeing is a decline in demand for fullstack developers. Five years ago the market wanted fullstack, but in the current market there’s a clear delineation and requirement for front or back end specialists. Businesses are realising that a true full-stack developer is a thing of myth or legend and that being an expert across the board is simply not possible, particularly in a climate of rapid change and increasing complexity. It’s also increasingly understood that front end developers are more creative and concerned with ‘look and feel’, while back-end requires more logic and not worrying about how it looks.
This leads us to another trend … the constant need for upskilling in the rapidly moving tech arena. As an example, backend developers are now increasingly doing their own QA rather than dedicated QA testers. Some are even asked to produce automated, integrated, code-based tests to test their own code, which wasn’t previously part of their job.
In summary, Ryan says that it’s imperative to keep your skills up, whether you’re front or back end, and with rapid change, specialising in one or the other will be most beneficial.
And still in the world of tech, Insights also revealed that other skills that will be handy to have on your resume in the next couple of years will be Machine Learning and Data Analysis, both in demand by an increase of 33% in the last year.
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