The tech industry continues to create jobs at an astounding pace, with nearly one open position for each tech job seeker nationwide according to the ZipRecruiter Opportunity Index. As the tech industry grows and the demand for workers rises, tech jobs are spreading out of more established job markets like Silicon Valley and Seattle, and many tech jobs no longer require a college degree.
That makes getting a tech job a real possibility for millions of people who were previously shut out of the industry because of where they lived or the fact that they lacked a college degree.
Still, it can be a daunting challenge for people looking to break into the tech industry to figure out what kind of job skills they will need. We analyzed ZipRecruiter’s 8 million active job postings to find out what the top 5 in-demand tech skills are, and where these skills could be learned:
HTML / HTML5
Where to learn it: like JS, HTML is one of the most popular courses offered by code camps, community colleges, and trade schools. There are also plenty of free online courses which can teach you the fundamentals of HTML.
If you’ve heard the term Big Data, you’re probably familiar with the hype around the value that the collection and analysis of billions of data points can provide. SQL (often pronounced “sequel”) is a way for programmers to use questions, known as “queries”, to comb through massive amounts of data. Here at ZipRecruiter we use SQL to generate useful insights into the labor market which we can share with job seekers and employers – in fact, that’s how we got the data for this blog post.
Where to learn it: Since SQL is more complicated than JS or HTML, and requires some math and statistics ability, many people prefer taking a class from a code camp, community college, or continuing education program. For those ready to brave it on their own, their are also free online self-guided courses.
Front End Design
Where to learn it: you can learn front end design skills at code camps, community colleges, and even some art and design schools. Because the role requires training in a number of different skills, there is a deeper time commitment than with HTML, SQL, or JS.
Not all of the most in-demand skills have to do with coding. An analysis of our job postings (using SQL!) previously found the top prerequisite across all industries is having great communication skills, and in tech they rank right below the top software skills. Communication skills are crucial to effective business operations and even more so for highly technical tasks like building and running websites.
Where to learn it: as a soft skill, the ability to communicate clearly and accurately is not as easy to teach or learn as hard skills like coding or engineering. That said, many community colleges and continuing education programs offer classes on business communications. You might also consider joining an organization like Toastmasters or taking an improv class to help you hone your communications skills.