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The Most In-Demand Software Engineering Jobs And Skills
Joseph F. Kovar
While the COVID-19 pandemic caused a lot of volatility in employment, software engineering jobs have fared well, with demand for their skills--and salaries needed to attract those skills--rising as technology companies shifted to work from home mode.
Software Engineers Enjoying Strong Growth
The year 2020 was difficult for employment in a number of industries, but life looked up for software engineers. While the COVID-19 pandemic caused heavy volatility in employment for many industries, the tech industry as a whole has thrived as business users in 2020 invested heavily in work from home and study from home technologies.
As a group, software engineers were in a great position when it came to demand for their skills and commanding salaries commensurate with those skills. Hired, a marketplace aimed at bringing together tech companies and potential employees, along with its parent company, New York-based talent marketplace developer Vettery, analyzed their database of interview requests and salaries from January through November of 2020 to identify hiring trends for software engineering jobs. The database included information from 72,000 candidates and 148,000 interview requests, with a minimum of 50 interview requests or candidates required to be a valid data point.
Hired early this year released its findings in its 2021 State of Software Engineers report, showing which software engineering jobs have the highest demand, how salaries have grown, which coding codes are in greatest demand, and where software engineers are more likely to find good remote work opportunities.
Josh Brenner, CEO of Hired, wrote in the report that the pandemic led to dips and volatility in recruitment and employment, but the software engineering sector was one where demand remained strong.
For a look at how software engineering jobs are faring during the pandemic, and for a couple ideas where a software engineer might best beef up his or her skills, click through our slideshow.