Java tops list of top 10 IT skills in demand

Java tops list of top 10 IT skills in demand

Summary: Latest Dice report says Java, mobile and .NET developer skills are in short supply.

TOPICS: IT Employment
9 just released its monthly list of skills in demand, and the list is topped off by Java developers, followed by mobile developers, and .NET developers.

"Software developers" follows in the number 4 position, which presumably must be a catch-all term for developers in general.

Those positions are cited by hiring managers and recruiters about double or triple the frequency of other skill sets in the employment marketplace, says Dice. The recruiting firm reports a total of 85,000 tech job openings, along with 36,000 contract IT positions across the United States.

Dice's Alice Hill says the shortages companies face with these skills arise from a rapidly expanding market (in the case of mobile), as well as a requirement for experience. Many companies aren't providing enough training to enable professionals to learn and come up through the ranks, however.

Here are the top 10 skills in demand:

1) Java developer

2) Mobile developer

3) .NET developer

4) Software developer

5) Security

6) SAP

7) SharePoint

8) Web developer

9) Active federal security clearance

10) Network engineer



Topic: IT Employment

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  • 3 out of 10 aint bad

    With .NET right behind Java, SQL Server right behind Oracle Database, Windows Server right behind Linux Server and the dominant Sharepoint/Office software and finally with CRM Dynamics trailing both Peoplesoft/SAP, Microsoft shows it is still a lot relevant in the enterprise software job market. There are 17000 listings for Java and around 11000 for .NET/C#, MSFT is still relevant in the enterprise application server market.

    What it really lacks is a mobile OS penetration. And it does not look as if Win8 will change that lag since WP7/8 has no presence in enterprise market. There are 11000 job listings for mobile around America and none in WP. Has Microsoft given up on mobile?
    • Why accept second place, when first is available

      I've been saying it for years; market trending to Java & Unix for infrastructure.

      Put away the toys, start playing with the big boys;-)
      Richard Flude
      • It doesn't matter

        You can get a job doing Java or .NET at a good salary.
        • For now

          Every means to drive down wages... and then demanding more handouts from government to stabilize with...

          Still... what the market will bear... the bear will only be skinned...
  • Somebody needs to learn what a skill is

    Because "Active federal security clearance" is not a skill.
  • Another Random HR Keyword List

    I have to say it, but whoever compiled this list doesn't even seem to understand what the words mean. Are "mobile" developers not "software" developers? What about SAP and .NET? Don't they count as "software" either?

    If .NET gets broken out as a separate category, what about the different subcategories of "mobile", such as Android and Apple? Does Android development come under "Java", perhaps?

    All questions that cast doubt on what exactly this list even means.
    • Agreed

      I would think that mobile developer would be higher on the list because it requires an intersection of mobile skills and either Java or .NET.
      • For a 99 cent piece of fluff?


        Yeah, that's the meal ticket...
  • hmmm...

    This list is a really pretty basic. It's missing the detail that you would expect from a list like this. Check out:'s much more comprehensive, and a really well thought out list.