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By Tom Sloan

 

According to Indeed the ten fastest-growing keywords in job postings are a good indication of the most popular tech skills that employers are seeking in 2012. The thought is that if the keywords surrounding a technical skill are showing up more frequently in searches then there must be a growing demand for such skills.

Indeed analyzed millions of job postings and found that the top ten skills employers are looking for are all related to software development, mobile development and social media.

Most of these keywords have grown significantly use in 2010 and continued their rapid growth this year. 

Although tech terms remained in the top spots, there was some notable reshuffling among the most popular keywords, according to Indeed's recent data, collected between February and November 2011. Twitter and Facebook dropped off the list, and their spots were taken by several platforms used in cloud computing.

Below are the Top 10 Skills sought in tech job listings:

 

1. Social Media

Many businesses have found that social media can be a powerful way to connect and engage with customers. Employees that possess a fluency of sites like Facebook, Twitter, Google+ and others can help their employers better utilize these media outlets. Social media marketing managers are in particularly high demand, according to Indeed's research.

 

2. PaaS

Platform as a Service (PaaS) is a tool used for developing programs in the cloud. PaaS are development platforms and frameworks where the development tool itself is hosted in the cloud and accessed through a browser.

Indeed does not single out a specific Platform as a Service (PaaS) provider but their research indicates that PaaS is becoming an important topic for employers. 

 

3. jQuery

Query is the popular JavaScript Library that simplifies how you traverse HTML documents, handle events, perform animations and add Ajax interactions to your web pages. Approximately 24 million websites use jQuery to perform these basic types of operations. jQuery is  the most popular open source JavaScript Library on the web. Postings for web development jobs frequently include this keyword, according to Indeed.

 

4. Hadoop

The Apache Hadoop software library is a framework that allows for the distributed processing of large data sets across clusters of computers using a simple programming model.

Apache’s Hadoop framework is growing globally in adoption by many companies. The software library is a framework that helps users easily process very large data sets by a process that included managing virtual volumes of data. 

According to Cloudera, "Hadoop is an open-source data storage and processing framework "for consolidating, combining and understanding large-scale data." 

See hadoop.apache.org

 

5. Puppet

Yes Puppet. Puppet is a software tool used in cloud computing. Puppet, an automated administrative engine for your Linix systems, performs administrative tasks (such as adding users, installing packages, and updating server configurations) based on a centralized specification.

Recruiters seeking software administrators look for candidates with an understanding of Puppet. Puppet and rival server-management tool Chef are used to control data center computers in a more automated fashion.

See www.puppetlabs.com

 

6. Mobile App Developers

Companies that include “mobile app” in their job posting are after developers who can make applications that are customer focused as well as internally deployed mobility apps.

This year Apple announced that over 15 billion apps had been downloaded from it's app store. Mobile apps can unlock big potential for many businesses and employers are eager to hire mobile developers, according to Indeed's research.

 

7. Android

Apple has iOS, Google has Android. The mobile OS Android continues to grow in global adoption. Android is the most popular smartphone platform in the U.S., commanding 43 percent of the market. Smartphone vendors and development firms seek developers who know the internals of the operating system.

 

8. iOS

Apple's mobile operating platform is the second most popular in the U.S. after Android. iOS developers are in high demand among recruiters according to Indeed.

 

9. MongoDB

MongoDB is an open-source database, combining scalability, performance and ease of use with traditional relational database features such as dynamic queries and indexes.

The document-oriented database is quickly becoming a top performer in its market. Indeed reports recruiters seeking software engineers look for potential hires with knowledge of MongoDB.

 

10. HTML5

HTML5 is the most popular keyword in the Indeed research. HTML5 is a new web standard for presenting content online. Indeed has found that between January 2010 and 

January 2011, the popularity of this keyword grew exponentially. Popular jobs associated with this keyword are web developer, front end developer and software engineer.

 

 

 

Published by myITview.com




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