Blockchain, JavaScript Most In-Demand Programming Skills

Demand for blockchain programming skills increased 552% in 2022, despite crashes in the cryptocurrency marketaccording to DevSkiller IT and Digital Skills Report 2023.

JavaScript, Java, SQL and Piton topped the list of most in-demand programming skills, according to the report, which is based on 209,249 skill assessments submitted through the DevSkiller platform to candidates and employees worldwide.

The report indicated that there is a growing demand for roles that require deep technical expertise and sophisticated IT skills like cloud-native Java.

“If you follow industry trends carefully, the report is not that surprising,” said Tomasz Nurkiewicz, CTO of DevSkiller. “It closely mirrors job trends and listings.”

However, Nurkiewicz admitted that he is surprised by the rise of blockchain-related technologies, saying that it is difficult to predict how the FTX crash and other crypto crises might affect the IT job market in 2023.

“Either the market has not yet accounted for a crypto crisis or companies have started using blockchain for non-financial use cases,” he noted. “We still don’t see a drop in the 2022 data, quite the opposite, but hiring processes may be lagging behind the market.”

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From his perspective, many startups built around NFTs or Ethereum will go bankrupt, which will reduce the popularity of blockchain.

“Should that happen, blockchain developers should think about retraining or gaining additional skills to turn their careers around,” he advised.

Python and C remain popular among the most in-demand programming skills

Other predictions find that Python and C will continue to be popular with programmerswhile Java and PHP could lose popularity.

Nurkiewicz added that it might be a bit surprising to see the same technologies repeatedly: for example, React is the #1 web technology for the fourth time.

“Our report represents a large part of the market, rather than whatever is popular recently,” he explained. “So, in one respect, it’s more like today’s industry, but at the same time, it lacks the latest technologies. That’s understandable, as such technologies are not readily adopted.”

Skills in the Java and JavaScript platforms remain very attractive to organizations seeking IT talent because web applications have become an essential part of the Internet, he said.

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“In addition, many organizations prefer to have a responsive web application, rather than a native application,” said Nurkiewicz. “Native apps, on the other hand, are often written with JavaScript as well.”

Retraining and upgrading skills may be the best option

The study also found that more than half of the skills assessment invitations in 2022 went to junior developers, while 18% went to intermediate developers and 31% to senior developers and engineers.

“Based on our report and our internal studies, we see that retraining is more important than ever,” Nurkiewicz said. “Take the great resignation, followed by mass layoffs and the collapse of cryptocurrencies. All these circumstances mean that we have many skilled workers who can easily take another job if they plan their career carefully.”

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However, some of the workers left without jobs are underskilled or aligned with the market, he said, adding that companies also expect some level of mastery of “softer” digital skills, even from traditionally non-technical employees.

With concerns about the recession mounting and thousands of major tech companies laying off, Nurkiewicz warned that the next few months could be difficult for some engineers, but added that there are still plenty of companies hiring.

“The pandemic has shown us that the remote and hybrid model works, so it might be easier to find a remote job,” he said. “Also, engineers have a culture of constant learning. Updating or upskilling might be your best bet. Also, understanding a certain business domain will help a lot.”

Overall demand for tech workers remains high, resulting in a salary increase for IT professionalsfound a recent report from Janco, with median salaries for surveyed positions now exceeding $101,000.

All IT worker wages at large companies increased an average of 3.61%, with most of the significant increases found in staffing levels, while wages at small and medium-sized enterprises (SMBs) increased 7.74% overall, with slightly higher percentages for IT executives.

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nathan eddy is a freelance writer for ITPro Today. He has written for Popular Mechanics, Sales & Marketing Management magazine, FierceMarkets, and CRN, among others. In 2012 he made his first documentary film, The Absent Column. He currently lives in Berlin.

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