Last updated: April 5, 2018
If you are thinking about pursuing a career in tech, or you are puzzling over which skills to add to your resume, you have no doubt already discovered that there is no limit to the number of skills you can add to your repertoire to increase your worth in the tech community. The general rule of thumb is that the more you know, the higher your salary goes.
However, there are some tech skills that are in higher demand than others. Paysa looks at the actual job descriptions for tech companies across the nation and aggregates information about which skills are desired at top tech companies and how much those skills are really worth. So, let’s dig into the data and find the trending skills needed by top tech companies.
Skills Wanted Among Top Tech Companies
Paysa assigns tech companies a CompanyRank based on the movement of top tech talent through a company over time. Companies with a high CompanyRank have a large concentration of highly skilled talent, and generally, compensation trends reflect that level of talent.
Here is a chart of the companies that hold the top spots for Paysa CompanyRank currently:
Based on current job listings for these top tech companies, here are the top twelve skills required:
Management is listed as a top skill across all ten of the top tech companies, and it’s a key skill across multiple tech jobs and industries. Management is mentioned as an essential skill in approximately 30 percent of all Paysa job descriptions, making it the number one skill set to have when looking for a job in tech.
Proficiency with Java is required across seven of the top ten tech companies. Common job titles for which Java is a required skill include:
- Software Engineer
- Software Developer
- Java Developer
- Android Developer
Java is highly prized in Silicon Valley, where it is being used in IoT technologies, robotics, machine learning, cloud computing, and big data applications. Quora notes that common Java uses include:
- Mobile app development
- Website development
- Database connectivity
- GUI based programs
- Image processing
Six of the top ten tech companies list C++ as one of their top skills needed. According to one Quora contributor, software engineers and developers use this programming language “in high-performance software, resource-constrained programming, large-scale software infrastructure, and, most recently, energy-constrained environment (mobile and cloud).”
And another Quora contributor to the same thread simply sums it up this way: “C++ is one of the most versatile languages in the world. It is used nearly everywhere for everything.”
Six out of the top ten tech companies list Python as one of their top skill requirements. Python is used by:
- Data scientists
- Software engineers
- Software developers
- Data analysts
- Research scientists
- Product managers
Python is used widely on the server side of applications and is incredibly versatile, which makes it a go-to programming language for many tech pros.
Half of the top ten tech companies list Linux among their most desired skills for workers. Linux is used by software engineers, security engineers, applied research scientists, engineering managers, and data scientists.
Tech employees with experience in distributed systems are also highly prized. Software engineers, database engineers, network engineers, product managers, and engineering managers all use this skill. Distributed systems are used to cope with the high demand of users in both processing power and data storage. As the demand for big data increases, expertise in distributed systems will become even more important in tech.
Expertise in agile methodologies is another top tech skillset. Scrum, extreme programming, and lean software development are just some of the agile methodologies used by tech workers. Basically, agile methodologies refer to the process of iteration and implementation that enables rapid deployment and continual development of a software product. Software developers, software engineers, and product managers all use agile methodologies to accomplish their work.
Listed as number seven on CIO’s list of fastest-growing tech skills needed, cloud computing is also in high demand. Software engineers, network engineers, quality assurance engineers, and data scientists all use cloud computing expertise to get the job done.
Though SQL is not listed as one of the top five skills needed with any of the top ten tech companies, it is needed for a surprising number of jobs across multiple industries. Developers, engineers, data analysts, data scientists, systems analysts, product managers, program managers, and applied scientists all use SQL.
Skills Needed by Job Title
Looking at data for the ten top-ranked tech companies, the most common job titles they share along with their associated desired skills are:
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