December 2017: Fastest Growing Tech Skills in 2017

If there’s one thing constant in tech, it’s the inevitability of change. The underlying technology powering the innovative products of today must undoubtedly upgrade to stay relevant among the consumers of tomorrow. Just as the technology must evolve to be competitive, so must tech professionals.

We analyzed the top fastest-growing skills in job postings on Dice to see what’s been trending in 2017 and what can be expected for the future. A few key themes emerged; we found that web development, platform/infrastructure and process management are dominating the skills employers are most looking for from tech pros. While some of these are small in number considering Dice has over 75,000 jobs on any given day, the growth reveals what to expect in 2018.

It seems exaggerated to include a skill growing as rapidly as Docker (+1017%), but the cloud-based open platform for developers to build, deploy and run applications across devices can’t be played up enough. DevOps and software engineers with the skill are tasked with supporting constantly growing infrastructure and applications. In the same category, it should be no surprise that employers are hiring tech pros with Internet of Things (+60% yr/yr) experience as more consumers wear their technology daily rather than interact with it occasionally.

Web development changes as rapidly as technology itself. A skill like React.js (+806% yr/yr), the Javascript library leveraged by Facebook and Instagram, points to the heightened demand for an appealing UI and interaction with online communities. While HTML (+84% yr/yr) is certainly not new, it is the foundation of most sites and demand for this skill doesn’t appear to be waning in the foreseeable future.

In the competitive world of software development, those companies who bring an effective and bug-free product to market with a sense of urgency prevail. We won’t debate the pros and cons of which project management methodology is best, but demand for tech pros with Test Driven Development (+84%) is growing in popularity among companies, many of which may have legacy products that need improving. A nod to more firms leveraging the Agile method, employers are increasingly looking for scrum masters, product owners and developers with Kanban (+50%) experience, as well as the ability to work in fast-paced environments – often running multiple concurrent teams.

Tech professionals who embrace change as an opportunity, rather than viewing upskilling as a hamster wheel, are those who will succeed in finding a career that is evolving and satisfying.

Mike Durney

President & CEO