What Skills Matter? 2015’s Top 5 Tech Careers – What You Need to Know

Ladders’ data-backed report on this year’s top trending tech skills and job markets.

We don’t need to tell you the tech industry is hot. It’s among the decade’s fastest-growing job markets, making it difficult to keep up with – even when you’re working in the industry. Whether you’re an industry insider or considering a career change to this sector, it’s important to understand how the technology job market is evolving, and which skills are most in-demand so you can stay ahead of the competition and advance your career.

To figure this out, we turned to Ladders’ newly launched Job Market Guide, which uses real-time data from our community of over 7 million employers and professionals across the nation. Our data science team then specifically analyzed current job openings and trending technical skills within the tech industry to determine which professionals are most in-demand by employers. Here’s what they found:

2015 Top Trending Careers in Tech:

  1. Senior Software Engineer
  2. Java Developer
  3. Product Manager
  4. Web Developer
  5. .NET Developer

Here are top takeaways from these findings, and how these insights can be leveraged to strengthen your own career.

The right stuff? SQL, Java, C++ and C# are employer favorites.

We first looked at the top five tech positions employers are most eager to fill, and the core competencies they expect the right candidate to possess. As you may have guessed, today’s top tech jobs require a highly specialized set of skills. But which of these skills are currently most coveted by employers? Having in-depth knowledge of popular programming languages such as Java, C++, Javascript and C# were the most common desires among recruiters.

What does this mean for you? In the tech industry, it’s all about possessing the right expertise. Search for your location and current or target job in our Job Market Guide, then use the list of Desired Skills to determine which competencies are essential to boost your career and stay ahead of the pack.

The market is good – and not just where you think.

When it comes to the job market, national trends aren’t typically that insightful. Why? Location matters! So rather than give you a blanketed ranking, we dug deeper and leveraged our Job Market Guide to also identify top trending markets for each of these roles based on cities with the highest current demand and greatest earning potential.

What does this mean for you? If you’re looking to prosper in the tech industry, you don’t have to move to Silicon Valley or Silicon Alley to find an attractive job market. While cities like San Francisco and New York City top the charts for tech roles, Chicago, Washington, D.C. and Raleigh, North Carolina also appeared high on the list for a number of these positions. In fact, after factoring cost of living adjustments, you may even stand to earn more in a market like Boston or Washington, D.C.

You don’t need decades of experience to be successful.

A final point of interest common among top trending tech jobs is the level of experience these professionals hold. While some have 25-year careers, many are fresh to the industry with 5 years of experience or less. If you’re interested in a tech career, it’s a great field to get into without the formal education barrier of other career paths. Check out the five hottest jobs in tech right now, and if they interest you, try resources like this list from Mashable or bootcamp from General Assembly to teach yourself the skills required to go for it!

Check out the infographic below for a detailed look at these top trending careers in technology.