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Another Year, Another Stack Overflow Developer Survey

Results of the 2017 Stack Overflow Developer Survey were released in March and, once again, it’s packed with valuable insight (and a few useless fun facts) for anybody in the IT industry, from developers to managers to recruiters.

This year’s survey was completed by over 51,000 developers from around the world, with nearly 14,000 of them residing in North America.  Of all respondents, 72.6% classified themselves as web developers, while desktop applications developers, mobile developers, database administrators, systems administrators, and DevOps specialists also topped the list.

The results produce some interesting revelations about developers around the world, including the make-up as well as their values. For example, while the survey was predominately completed by men (88.6% of respondents), Stack Overflow still concluded that women are most likely to take on roles such as Data Scientist, Mobile & Web Developer, Quality Assurance or Graphic Designer. In addition, not all developers consider formal education to be important. In fact, a third of them said it’s not very important or not at all important. Of all respondents, the majority agreed that the best way to learn is by taking online courses or buying books and working through the exercises.

Another Year, Another Stack Overflow Developer SurveyIn addition to developer behaviours and opinions (which we’ll summarize more in a future post) the survey also identifies helpful trends around developer technologies. For example, the chart to the right displays the top 10 most used programming languages in 2017.  You can also find charts for the top libraries (Node.js, Angular.js and .NET Core top that list) as well as the top databases (MySQL, SQL Server, SQLite). For each of those, Stack Overflow asked developers for their most loved, dreaded, and wanted technologies. Those results were usually consistent with the most used, but also generated some notable observations. Python, which overtook PHP in the Most Used list after 5 years, also shot to the top of the Most Loved.

Finally, with all of these technologies, IT contractors and full-time professionals alike always want to know which will get them the most money. Below is a list of the ones making over $100K in the US. Interestingly enough, Objective-C, CoffeeScript and Perl were also the 6th, 3rd, and 8th most dreaded technologies, respectively.

  • Go
  • Scala
  • Objective-C
  • CoffeeScript
  • Perl
  • C++
  • C
  • R
  • Swift
  • TypeScript

If you can’t get enough of statistics and survey results, you can check out the complete report here. We also shared 2016’s most loved, dreaded and wanted tech last year, in case you’d like to have a look at how things have changed.

Did you complete the 2017 Stack Overflow Survey? Are any of the results consistent with your opinions? Let us know in the comments below!

The Top Jobs, Tech Skills and Programming Languages

A Summary of the Most Popular Lists Featuring 2017’s Hottest Jobs

The Top Jobs, Tech Skills and Programming Languages of 2017Along with ambitious resolutions destined to fail, every New Year promises Top 10 lists published by every blog and media outlet, summarizing the top trends of the previous year and predicting new ones to come (we’re guilty of this ourselves… and have no shame about it either).

One such topic you may have seen is the hottest jobs, tech skills and programming languages. In case you haven’t been able to keep up, we compiled the lists from the industry leaders. Many are based in the United States; however, in our experience, in many industries (especially IT), employment and tech trends carry over to Canada as well.

As you scroll through the lists, you’ll notice one recurring factor — information technology is as hot in 2017 as its been for the past many years. Even in the generic employment lists, IT is in significant demand across all industries.

Fastest-Growing Skills, Q4 2016 (Upwork)

Upwork, arguably the world’s largest freelancing website, releases a quarterly list of the fastest growing tech skills. These were the fastest growing skills at the end of Q4 2016:

  1. Natural language processing
  2. Swift
  3. Tableau
  4. Amazon Marketplace Web Services (MWS)
  5. Stripe
  6. Instagram marketing
  7. MySQL programming
  8. Unbounce
  9. Social media management
  10. AngularJS

Toughest Jobs to Fill (CareerCast)

CareerCast published this list of the most in-demand positions that recruiters and hiring managers have the hardest time filling:

  1. Data scientist
  2. Financial advisor
  3. General and operations manager
  4. Home health aide
  5. Information security analyst
  6. Medical services manager
  7. Physical therapist
  8. Registered nurse
  9. Software engineer
  10. Truck driver

Technical Skills with The Biggest Increases In Demand (Forbes)

Early in 2017, Forbes revealed this list, ranking the top technical skills based on how often they appeared in job descriptions.

  1. Big Data
  2. js
  3. Tableau
  4. NoSQL
  5. Apache Hadoop
  6. HTML5
  7. Python
  8. Oracle
  9. JSON
  10. Salesforce CRM

10 Programming Languages Every Developer Should Learn (Social Hire)

Here’s SocialHire’s list of what they believe are the “crème de la crème of programming languages”:

  1. Java
  2. JavaScript
  3. C#
  4. Python
  5. Swift
  6. Rust
  7. Dart
  8. PHP
  9. Scala
  10. HTML5

Best Jobs in America (Glassdoor)

Glassdoor regularly ranks jobs based on number of job openings, salary and overall job satisfaction rating. These are their results for the United States in 2017:

  1. Data Scientist
  2. DevOps Engineer
  3. Data Engineer
  4. Tax Manager
  5. Analytics Manager
  6. HR Manager
  7. Database Administrator
  8. Strategy Manager
  9. UX Designer
  10. Solutions Architect

Most Promising Jobs of 2017 (LinkedIn)

As the world’s leading professional social network, LinkedIn may be the resource most connected to job seekers and employers alike. This is what they predict will be the most promising jobs this year:

  1. Hospitalist
  2. Pharmacist
  3. Sales Engineer
  4. Site Reliability Engineer
  5. Product Manager
  6. Financial Analyst
  7. Technical Program Manager
  8. Program Manager
  9. Data Engineer
  10. Scrum Master

Best Jobs in America (CNN/PayScale)

CNN and PayScale also created a list of the top careers, that they say have the biggest growth, best pay and most satisfying work. Here are the first 10 from their list of 100 careers:

  1. Mobile Applications Developer
  2. Risk Management Director
  3. Landman
  4. Product Analyst
  5. Information Assurance Analyst
  6. Quality Assurance Coordinator (RN)
  7. Clinical Applications Specialist
  8. Hospital Administrator
  9. Database Analyst
  10. Finance & Administration Director

How Canadian Developers Can Remain Competitive

Brendhan Malone By Brendhan Malone,
Vice-President, Central Canada at Eagle

How Canadian Developers Can Remain CompetitiveLooking for new development skills to remain competitive in your field?  Perhaps Rapid Application Development and Front-End Design are in your future.

An interesting question in mapping out your career and determining what skills are most important for you involves both an evaluation, through research and data analysis, of the current market as well as what is coming next.  None of us have a crystal ball, but there are certain trends and information out there that can give us a better understanding of what is coming.

As the majority of consumers shift to their mobile devices to browse and purchase, so will employers’ demands in the skills they seek. Mobile development is one of the fastest growing environments in IT.  Skills such as Android app development, HTML5, iOS, CSS, JavaScript, and Angular are in such an incredible demand that there is simply not enough people to do the work that is already funded.

Over the last decade we have seen an incredible amount of development work move overseas.  Heavy development lifts are being completed in countries where labour costs are a fraction of what it would cost to do it here. Employers in Canada are no longer looking for consultants to sit behind a desk and code, that work has predominantly left the country.

As the Agile Methodology grows in popularity and consumers move to the mobile space, having the technical skills combined with an understanding of marketing and brand objectives of the end client will make you in high demand. What employers want now are collaborative, creative developers with an acute understanding of marketing and sales objectives who can work in a team environment.

Do you have the skills required to stay competitive and relevant in Canada’s fast-paced development space? If not, it may be time to take an inventory of your skills — hard and soft — and refresh or upgrade those that are lacking.

Programmers: This Video Could Get You a Job Next Year

There are so many programming languages out there that it’s impossible to keep up with everything. Some tech professionals don’t let this bother them, and focus at getting awesome at a select few. Other people like to keep up with the latest trends and be able to brag to recruiters and clients that they can code using the newest technologies.

If the latter sounds like you, then we have a resource for you! This 16+minute video from Chris Hawkes is packed with great information and goes over the top 10 programming languages that you should learn in 2017. Watch it and see which languages you can pick-up over the next couple months, then watch as you become the go-to independent contractor for some of the coolest projects in the coming year.

Have You Considered a Career in Programming?

Back-to-School Means Career Planning

It’s back-to-school time! For parents across Canada, there is no sweeter combination of words. For students, it can mean the onset of stress after a couple months of relaxation. In addition to the regular stress of schoolwork, senior high school students start thinking about what they’re going to do after graduation and which career path to take. For some college and university students, the school year starts with added stress as they realize the path they did select is completely wrong for them.

If you’re currently evaluating career paths, either for yourself or helping somebody else, have you added programming to the mix? For those with limited technology experience, what it means to be “programming” isn’t always clear. One thing is for sure, programming is more than sitting in front of a computer and geeking out all day, and this infographic from CarlCheo proves it. Feel free to share it with anybody you know who’s planning their future career. (For a broader look at IT careers, also have a look at the infographic we shared last week)

Back-to-School Means Career Planning -- Have You Considered Programming?

Growing Tech Skills and Programming Languages

According to Dice, These are the Fastest Growing Tech Skills and Programming Languages of 2016

Last week, we shared an infographic about Hadoop and provided some references showing the rising popularity of the technology, and Big Data in general. Obviously, this isn’t the only realm of technology that’s growing and it’s important for any independent contractor to be up-to-date on the current trends. Here’s a summary of a couple helpful articles we found by Dice.

Fastest Growing Tech Skills

Chart: Salaries of Fastest Growing Tech Skills (by Dice)This article summarizes the salaries of the fastest-growing tech skills. The image to the right gives a visual of those particular skills and shows the percentage of their year-over-year growth in job postings.

As for the salaries, they’re relative to the US economy, but the list below orders them from the highest to lowest. If you’d like more details, the original article contains specific numbers and a background of each.

  1. Cassandra
  2. Hive
  3. Big Data
  4. Spark
  5. Cloud
  6. JIRA
  7. Azure
  8. Electrical Engineer
  9. Salesforce
  10. Juniper

Programming Languages

If we want to look at programming languages, this Dice article uses the TIOBE index to identify those rising in popularity the most. These include:

  • Ruby
  • Swift
  • Assembly Language
  • R
  • Groovy

Again, to get more details about each language and how much they rose in the rankings, have a look at the original 5 Rising Programming Languages.

4 Tape Measure Tricks (Video)

IT professionals are known for setting up shortcuts to make life easier, often using some advanced technology. Just take a look at this Business Insider article about a programmer who automated repetitive aspects of his work life — including making a coffee.

Before you over-complicate everything, remember that there are simple technologies that already have some cool hacks built into them. Check out this video from seejanedrill providing four tape measure tricks that you probably didn’t know existed. It just might make your next home renovation a little easier (and you won’t need to program anything).