Developer hiring trends

Stack Overflow: ReactJS and Docker in great demand, Go not so much

Gabriela Motroc

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Stack Overflow has done it again! They looked at targeting options for employers on Stack Overflow Jobs used by 200+ companies since early 2015 and discovered that ReactJS and Docker are among the fastest-growing targets. Let’s see what else is in great demand this year.

Are you thinking of renewing your job search? If the answer is ‘yes’, Stack Overflow has your back. They put together some data on this year’s hiring trends and the findings are quite amazing.

They discovered that the most in-demand technologies right now are:

  • ReactsJS
  • Docker
  • Ansible
  • Apache Spark

Azure and Go and also on the list but the difference between the first four and the last four is quite big.

Stack Overflow Developer Hiring Trends 2017

Yes, knowing how to use ReactJS, Docker, Ansible and Apache Spark will help you find a job faster but if WordPress is on your list of skills, you shouldn’t get your hopes up too high. The same goes for jQuery, LAMP, Backbone.js and AJAX.

These areas are hungry for qualified candidates

Developers who know their way around the cloud (back end) or have iOS, Android or DBA (MySQL) skills are in luck; these areas are all hungry for qualified candidates. Of course, Java is also on the list but there are enough qualified people to feed companies’ needs so the supply is not that low.

Stack Overflow Developer Hiring Trends 2017

WordPress is once again on the wrong side of the chart. There are a lot of developers with WordPress skills and not enough companies that need them. The same goes for desktop OSX, DBA (Oracle) and the list goes on.

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In polyglots we trust

Although specialization is important, as John Z. Sonmez, author of Soft Skills: The software developer’s life manual wrote in an article for JAXenter, developers should have a wide variety of skills. Sonmez advises developers to “learn as much as they can and become as flexible as possible, but also have a specialty that makes them unique and stand out.”

If you have to choose between the two options, start with specialization and branch out later.

However, you also need to understand that your coding skills are just the beginning of what most companies are looking for in a programming recruit. Programmers have to be adaptable and open minded; with so many changes being implemented to existing frameworks, keeping up in the industry means that you should never stop learning.

But move forward with caution. According to Beyond Java, “learning a programming language is learning an entire programming ecosystem.”

Gabriela Motroc
Gabriela Motroc was editor of and JAX Magazine. Before working at Software & Support Media Group, she studied International Communication Management at the Hague University of Applied Sciences.

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