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OptiHire.com Tabulates the Top 10 Tech Skills Employers are Seeking
optiHire.com ^ | July 5, 2012 | optiHire.com

Posted on 07/05/2012 1:35:13 PM PDT by frankenMonkey

An analysis of optiHire.com's data reveals that open-source and web-specific programming expertise dominate the in-demand skills that employers are searching for, accounting for 8 of the Top 10 skills. Open Source refers to programming code that can be read, viewed, modified, and distributed, by anyone, free of charge. Two of the Top 10 skills are Microsoft-specific enterprise application development tools.

The Top 10 Tech Skills in Demand are:

1. HTML (32% of employers requested this skill)
2. CSS (32%)
3. JavaScript (27%)
4. PHP (21%)
5. MySQL (20%)
6. jQuery (17%)
7. C# (16%)
8. .NET (16%)
9. MVC (11%)
10. Linux (10%)


HTML ("HyperText Markup Language") is the fundamental language of the Web, one that defines, contains and displays all website content in your Web browser, including text, images, links, forms, imbedded video, etc. All web pages must conform to standardized HTML syntax to be displayed correctly in the browser.

CSS ("Cascading Style Sheets") is the primary language used to define and format the visual look and feel of Web pages, particularly one written in HTML. CSS allows Web developers create a uniform look across multiple pages of a Web site, and allow a Web site to be visually updated very quickly and easily.

JavaScript is a scripting language that is integrated into standard HTML pages to create enhanced interactive Web pages, including validating user input, creating dynamic content and advanced user interfaces. JavaScript's use in server-side web applications is also growing.

PHP is a server-side programming language originally used to produce dynamic Web pages, many times from databases. PHP can also be embedded into an HTML page to dynamically generate Web page content. Included in almost every Web server in the world today, PHP is also available in all desktop Operating Systems.

MySQL is the most-widely used open source version of SQL ("Structured Query Language"), a server-based relational database management system. MySQL is used in many high-profile Web organizations, including Wikipedia, Google, Facebook and Twitter. Applications using MySQL databases include Joomla, WordPress and Drupal.

jQuery is a JavaScript library that simplifies scripting of HTML pages, allowing programmers to navigate a document, select elements and handle events, to create dynamic web pages and web applications. jQuery also provides the ability to create plug-ins for animation, advanced display effects, themes and widgets.

Two Microsoft-specific technologies come in at positions 7 and 8:

C# ("C Sharp") is a modern object-oriented programming language developed by Microsoft, and is the main programming language of the Microsoft .NET framework (see below.) C#, rivaled only by Java in its widespread adoption, is used for all types and scales of applications.

.NET Framework ("dot net") is a Microsoft application framework primarily for Microsoft Windows and ASP.NET-supporting websites. It provides an application program interface (API) for programmers supporting interoperability across multiple programming languages, including user interface, data access, database connectivity and network communications.

MVC ("Model-View-Controller") is the most-used architecture (or "pattern") for Web applications. The Model manages data and contains the application logic. The View displays the data in specific formats, and the Controller manages the interactions between the Model and the View.

Linux, the open source operating system. Used on virtually every Web server on the Internet, it is the leading operating system on servers, mainframes and supercomputers, and also runs on embedded systems including mobile phones, tablet computers and game consoles.


TOPICS: Computers/Internet
KEYWORDS: jobs; jobstechnology
Web skills remain in high demand for those looking for a gig.
1 posted on 07/05/2012 1:35:21 PM PDT by frankenMonkey
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To: frankenMonkey

How about peace studies? Our barista swears by it.


2 posted on 07/05/2012 1:40:53 PM PDT by max americana (Make the world a better place by punching a liberal in the face)
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To: frankenMonkey

40 years ago it was:

4 year Technical Degree,
Can lift 200 lbs.
Available 60 hrs./wk
10 years experience

Willing to work for mimimum wage....


3 posted on 07/05/2012 1:41:54 PM PDT by G Larry (I'm under no obligation to be a passive victim!)
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To: frankenMonkey

These are software skills. Won’t get you a job in the tech sector that designs and makes hardware (and yes there are still a bunch of those kind of jobs around)


4 posted on 07/05/2012 1:43:03 PM PDT by Nifster
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To: frankenMonkey

If you develop keen skills in just the top five of this list, you will be among the most likely to be hired among those looking for jobs.


5 posted on 07/05/2012 1:46:25 PM PDT by Ron C.
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To: frankenMonkey

these aren’t really developer skills, except for mvc and c#. they would be considered support skills to core developer capabilities

c/c++/c#/java for core dev languages.

sql and some dbms interface for db support.

version control experience should be a must these days, but it’s also a supporting skill

for OS, windows and some *nix variant would do. app development platforms might come in handy, but the number of money makers on the app platforms is small (less then 1% last i heard)

of course, a true understanding of various algorithms and language implementations makes a huge difference in project performance.

then again, if the client just wants a website put together, the skill set listed would suffice


6 posted on 07/05/2012 1:51:18 PM PDT by sten (fighting tyranny never goes out of style)
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To: frankenMonkey

I guess a college level reading proficiency, abstract math skills and good hands-on technical background aren’t worth that much..................


7 posted on 07/05/2012 1:51:38 PM PDT by Red Badger (Think logically. Act normally.................)
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To: G Larry

You can bring your 40-year-old list up to date simply by deleting “4 year Technnical Degree” and adding “native of South/Central America; spanish speaker”. :-)


8 posted on 07/05/2012 1:52:26 PM PDT by Nervous Tick (Trust in God, but row away from the rocks!)
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To: Nifster

Yeah. I think the list is software heavy, but that mirrors what I’m seeing in the employment ads.


9 posted on 07/05/2012 1:52:29 PM PDT by frankenMonkey (This tagline for rent. Inquire within.)
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To: G Larry
50 years ago jobs were far easier to find, no technical degree needed - and most paid far more than minimum wage.

Yes, being young and physically fit was valued - but so was a high-school diploma, above average math ability, reading and writing skills, and a broad range of technical skills.

I landed a job that paid very well, after ending my 'service obligation' in the Navy. It led to even better jobs, paying even more. A great many really good jobs did not require a college education - and I believe that is still true today.

10 posted on 07/05/2012 1:59:50 PM PDT by Ron C.
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To: Nervous Tick
“native of South/Central America; spanish speaker”.

HA! Ya got that right. They will outnumber us very very soon.

11 posted on 07/05/2012 2:04:16 PM PDT by Ron C.
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To: Ron C.

LOL!

There are MANY reasons a “college education” isn’t worth what it once was...

They’re 80% indoctrination, in fields of endeavor, that have no demand!


12 posted on 07/05/2012 2:04:35 PM PDT by G Larry (I'm under no obligation to be a passive victim!)
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To: frankenMonkey

It’s hard to believe Java (not JavaScript) is not in the top 5. Android and many web stacks are Java based technologies and many back end systems use Java in the application layer.


13 posted on 07/05/2012 2:06:45 PM PDT by RockyMtnMan
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To: frankenMonkey

Very interwebs focused. How about CNC, welding, or maintenance tech skiiled trades?


14 posted on 07/05/2012 2:07:16 PM PDT by bigbob
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To: G Larry
"They’re 80% indoctrination"

Yep - a top tech company in Simi Valley won't even talk to a 'grad' today - want absolutely nothing to do with them!

On the other hand - they avidly seek 'home schooled' graduates for their training programs.

Public High School grads need not apply.

15 posted on 07/05/2012 2:08:30 PM PDT by Ron C.
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To: RockyMtnMan

This list is Internet heavy, and I too would expect to see Java in the list, ahead of C# I think...


16 posted on 07/05/2012 2:10:39 PM PDT by frankenMonkey (This tagline for rent. Inquire within.)
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To: frankenMonkey

I’d definitely put Java ahead of C#

-1.1 billion desktops run Java
-930 million Java Runtime Environment downloads each year
-3 billion mobile phones run Java
-31 times more Java phones ship every year than Apple and Android combined
-100% of all Blu-ray players run Java
-1.4 billion Java Cards are manufactured each year
Java powers set-top boxes, printers, Web cams, games, car navigation systems, lottery terminals, medical devices, parking payment stations, and more.


17 posted on 07/05/2012 2:24:30 PM PDT by RockyMtnMan
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To: frankenMonkey
This list is Internet heavy, and I too would expect to see Java in the list, ahead of C# I think...

I'm guessing C# is ahead of Java in the list because it's a list of skills "in demand" rather than in supply. Java skills are highly prevalent amongst grads with SW training, whereas C# is probably not nearly as much of an acquired skill. So, it's in demand at the M$oft vs. Linux houses.

18 posted on 07/05/2012 2:57:11 PM PDT by MCH
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To: Nervous Tick
You can bring your 40-year-old list . . .

I thought you said, "40 year old LISP . . .

19 posted on 07/05/2012 3:55:16 PM PDT by sportutegrl (I guess I was just lost in stupid parentheses. Again.)
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To: frankenMonkey
Very nice skills to have but if you really want to be a "no-brainer" for a prospective employer, ensure you have the following five skills in abundant quality - and you don't even have to go to college to get them!

1. Positive attitude
2. Excellent customer/interpersonal skills
3. Desire to do the best job possible, regardless of task at hand
4. Perfect (or near-perfect) attendance and willingness to work longer hours when necessary
5. Ability to perform under stress

I can assure you that the above skills will virtually guarantee you a job. Add to that leadership skills, personal initiative and a desire to always learn and get better, you will also assure yourself of upward mobility.

20 posted on 07/05/2012 3:56:44 PM PDT by SamAdams76
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To: SamAdams76
Having the skills you cite is great. Goes without saying that those are the real requirements for most jobs, in almost any field. The problem is getting an interview so that you can convince an employer that you do have those skills and attitudes. To get the interview, you have to have the more specific competencies they're looking for, or think they're looking for, in a specific position.
21 posted on 07/05/2012 5:00:51 PM PDT by ottbmare (The OTTB Mare)
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To: frankenMonkey

#1 Anything NI Labview


22 posted on 07/05/2012 5:46:11 PM PDT by eyedigress ((zOld storm chaser from the west)/?)
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To: rdb3; Calvinist_Dark_Lord; Salo; JosephW; Only1choice____Freedom; amigatec; stylin_geek; ...

23 posted on 07/06/2012 3:45:54 AM PDT by ShadowAce (Linux -- The Ultimate Windows Service Pack)
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To: SamAdams76
I have about 2.5 of the skills listed at the top.

However, I also have all 5 of your list. I make pretty good money, am well-respected by my peers and managers, and have been told that the company cannot afford to lose me.

I would add a sixth item to your list, though--willingness to learn. Careers are almost always changing and evolving. If you cannot adapt and adjust, you'll be left behind.

25 posted on 07/06/2012 3:51:18 AM PDT by ShadowAce (Linux -- The Ultimate Windows Service Pack)
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To: ShadowAce

Specific languages come and go. The ability to use your brain to solve complex and challenging problems is probably the more fundamental skill. In any job situation there are two words that I hear more than any others - “Industry Experience”.


26 posted on 07/06/2012 6:12:16 AM PDT by 2 Kool 2 Be 4-Gotten
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To: frankenMonkey
Good luck competing with Habib...

27 posted on 07/06/2012 7:25:44 AM PDT by TSgt (The only reason I have one in the chamber at all times, is because it is impossible to have two in.)
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To: sten
these aren’t really developer skills, except for mvc and c#. they would be considered support skills to core developer capabilities

It depends. CSS and JavaScript are core developer skills for AJAX web sites. PHP is a core developer skill for many web sites. Database skills can be meaning SQL programming, which is a core developer skill for many, especially in enterprise where you need to be able to sift through terabytes of data and billions of complexly interrelated records quickly.

28 posted on 07/06/2012 9:47:14 AM PDT by antiRepublicrat
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To: RockyMtnMan

“-31 times more Java phones ship every year than Apple and Android combined”

Android ~is~ Java.


29 posted on 07/06/2012 11:42:37 PM PDT by DigitalVideoDude (It's amazing what you can accomplish when you don't care who gets the credit. -Ronald Reagan)
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To: antiRepublicrat

I am a big fan of Apache Wicket, for developing Java-based web applications. Use standard HTML/CSS/Javascript for the front-end, and use Java for the “Code-Behind” logic, similar to ASP.NET. But there is no scripting in the markup, so it’s a clean separation of concerns.


30 posted on 07/06/2012 11:48:32 PM PDT by dfwgator (FUJR (not you, Jim))
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To: sportutegrl
I thought you said, "40 year old LISP . . .

Well, actually, his recommendation involved "list processing"....

31 posted on 07/08/2012 4:53:15 PM PDT by Still Thinking (Freedom is NOT a loophole!)
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To: DigitalVideoDude

I know, I took the list straight from the Oracle web site. It’s double counting in my opinion, typical Oracle.


32 posted on 07/08/2012 7:07:18 PM PDT by RockyMtnMan
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