Top 10 technical skills that will get you hired in 2020

Top 10 technical skills that will get you hired in 2020

Landing the perfect IT job is never easy, but having the right technical skills can give you an inside track on a new role, especially if your skills are in high demand. Job search platform Indeed has analyzed the most-wanted tech skills appearing in job postings between 2014 and 2019. The results represent what drives the tech job market in 2019 and which skills will be in demand going into 2020, says Andrew Flowers, an economist with Indeed Hiring Labs.

“When people look for new jobs, they often use search terms that describe cutting-edge skills associated with the jobs they want,” says Daniel Culbertson, economist at Indeed. “On the employer side, the highly specialized tech talent who have these proficiencies are in great demand.”

For this report, Indeed used more than 500 tech skill terms to query the job descriptions of postings on between September 2014 and September 2019, Flowers wrote in a blog post about the research.

“To examine the effect of a changing job mix, we decomposed the change in a skill into two components: skill saturation within jobs (e.g., more postings in a given job title listing Python) and the changing job mix (proportionally more tech postings in jobs that use Python, like data scientist). Holding constant the job mix at the September 2014 level — when the data scientist share of all tech jobs was about a third of what it is now — shows how the ‘adjusted’ Python trend evolved over time,” Flowers explained. Indeed then repeated this process for all tech skills studied.

The research reveals that Python, data science skills and specialized programming languages — including some legacy skills — are an IT professional’s ticket to success in 2020. Here are the top in-demand skills going into the new year and how demand for each has grown (or shrunk) in recent years.

1. SQL

2019 share: 21.9%
2014 share: 23.6%
Percent change: -7%

2. Java

2019 share: 20.8%
2014 share: 19.7%
Percent change: +6%

Java is an open source language introduced in 1995 and remains one of the leading programming languages today. The language was first developed by Sun Microsystems, and was later acquired by Oracle. Developers today use Java to create mobile and web applications, games, and database-driven software; it’s used by companies such as Twitter, Netflix and more.

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