Top 10 Tech Jobs And IT Skills Employers Want In 2022: Dice

From AWS to SQL and Python, here are the top 10 most in-demand IT skills that U.S.-based companies are looking for in 2022, according to the 2022 Dice job report.

Employers in America are hungry for core technology skills around SQL, Python and Amazon Web Services as well as technologies who have mastered the nuances of Agile methodology, troubleshooting and software engineering, according to a jobs report covering the first half of 2022 from career website Dice.

Although some layoffs in the tech world have prompted questions about the state of the job market for tech talent, Dice says the hiring demands for skilled IT professionals is growing, not falling.

“Demand for tech talent has continued to grow throughout the first half of this year,” said Dice in its report.

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Dice recently released the results of its 2022 Dice jobs report, which analyzed a whopping 3 million tech job postings in the United States between January and June of 2022 showing the top in-demand job postings in technology.

“Tech job postings saw month-over-month growth in the first five months of 2022, with June marketing the first decline in month-over-moth tech jobs since September 2021,” said Dice, adding that the dip in June was mostly due to a hiring spike in May 2022.

Non-Tech Companies Are Hiring IT Talent

Dice said companies not normally categorizes as a technology company, but are investing heavily in the space, continue to recruit and hire IT talent at a “rapid pace.”

“These gains outweighed the impact of hiring freezes and layoffs at tech-focused organizations,” Dice said.

Overall, demand for IT talent grew at a swift pace in the first half of 2022 with the number of job postings up 45 percent since the beginning of the year, and up 52 percent compared to the first half of 2021.

From JavaScript to AWS, CRN breaks down the top 10 IT skills that companies in America are looking for in 2022 based on job posting volume.

No. 10: JavaScript

Cracking into Dice’s top 10 tech skills based on job posting demand is JavaScript.

JavaScript is a programming language used by developers to create interactive and dynamic web content such as applications. JavaScript is one of the most popular programming language in the world. It is one of the core technologies of the web as well as HTLM and CSS.

From the first half of 2021 compared to the first half of 2022, U.S. job postings volume for JavaScript grew 62 percent.

No. 9: Software Development

Ranking No. 9 on Dice’s list of most in-demand IT job skills, software development is the process of creating, designing, deploying and supporting software.

Software development professionals have been long sought out by both IT companies and non-technology businesses due to their critical skillset needed inside organizations of all sizes. Software developers build computer software using one or more specific programming languages.

From the first half of 2021 compared to the first half of 2022, U.S. job postings for software development increased 73 percent.

No. 8: Automation

A company with great automation professionals and technology can do more with less, as automation typically can take over tedious and simple day-to-day tasks to enable employees to focus on more important objectives.

There is no shock that businesses in 2022 are seeking IT talents skilled in automation, which ranks No. 8 on the Dice job report. Automation professionals learn about and apply new tools and technologies to boost a company’s productivity with minimal human input needed.

From the first half of 2021 compared to the first half of 2022, job postings for automation grew 65 percent.

No. 7: Amazon Web Services

Amazon Web Services is the dominant worldwide cloud market share leader, owning a roughly 34 percent share.

As more businesses move towards the cloud due to various factors—such as hardware supply chain shortages, operating in the new hybrid work environment, or looking to startup a company quickly—AWS has what companies need.

The Seattle-based cloud giant is now running at a historic $79 billion annual run rate. The demand for AWS skilled technologist is high as many companies look to digitally transform via cloud computing, which is why AWS ranks No. 7 on Dice’s list of job posting based on volume.

From the first half of 2021 compared to the first half of 2022, job postings for Amazon Web Services increased 88 percent.

No. 6: Java

Ranking No. 6 on Dice’s 2022 jobs report for the most in-demand IT skillsets is Java.

The highly popular programming language is used to develop mobile, web and desktop applications. First released more than 25 years ago, Java is a platform-independent, object-oriented programming language known for its reliability and ease of use. Java runs on billions of devices—from smart phones and notebook computers to medical and gaming devices.

From the first half of 2021 compared to the first half of 2022, job postings for Java grew 55 percent.

No. 5: Software Engineering

From the first half of 2021 compared to the first half of 2022, job postings in the U.S. for software engineering increased 87 percent, one of the fastest increases on Dice’s list.

Demand for software engineering ranks No. 5 on Dice’s report due to organizations of all shapes and sizes needing software professionals to build, run, test and manage their IT systems.

The goal of software engineers is to design and create systems and applications to solve real-world issues. Skilled software professionals know how to use the correct programming languages, platforms and architectures to develop everything from network control systems to video games.

No. 4: Python

Ranking No. 4 on Dice’s most in-demand jobs being sought by employers is Python.

The programming language is used to build software and websites, conduct data analysis and automate tasks for companies. Python has been a popular programming language for decades due to its ease of learning and usage, as well as a supportive online community.

From the first half of 2021 compared to the first half of 2022, job postings for Python grew 78 percent.

No. 3: Troubleshooting

There no doubt that problem solving for technology issues is top priority for companies across the globe, which is why troubleshooting ranks No. 3 on Dice’s most sought-after IT skills by employers in the market today.

Jobs around troubleshooting include IT support specialists, help desk technicians and customer care professionals, to name a few. IT troubleshooting experts discover a problem, gather details and data, then attempt to fix the issue based on their findings and knowledge.

From the first half of 2021 compared to the first half of 2022, job postings for troubleshooting increased 48 percent.

No. 2: SQL

Ranking No. 2 on the Dice report for the most in-demand IT skills based on U.S. job posting volume is Structured Query Language (SQL).

SQL is a programming language used to communicate with a database and is the standard language used for relational database management systems. SQL can then perform various operations on the data in the systems, such as updating data or retrieving data from a database.

From the first half of 2021 compared to the first half of 2022, job postings for SQL grew 62 percent.

No. 1: Agile Methodology

The No. 1 tech skill U.S. employers are seeking in 2022 is Agile methodology.

The term refers to a way of managing a project by separating it into several phases that involves constant communications and collaboration with everyone involved in the project. Once the project begins, teams cycle through a process of planning, executing and evaluating with continuous improvements at every stage.

Having skills in Agile project management, means IT professionals can adapt to change quickly and leverage a high level of customer input. The ultimate goal around Agile methodology is to help teams deliver value to their customers faster and with fewer headaches.

From the first half of 2021 compared to the first half of 2022, job postings for Agile methodology increased 68 percent.