Technology has become an integral part of our personal and working lives. From smartphones to online apps, a lot of work goes into making such forms of ‘technology’ as efficient and user-friendly as possible. As technology continues to develop and more innovations are brought to the table, the demand for the appropriate technical skills to make these a reality is set to surge.
Interested in in this demand, Prolifics Testing sought to discover the technology-related jobs Americans are most interested in and the programming languages they most want to learn.
The technology-related jobs Americans are most interested in:
Prolifics Testing found that Americans are most interested in data analyst jobs, with an average of 26,000 online searches per month.
Web developer roles generate the second greatest amount of interest, with 16,000 online queries each month.
Both data scientist and system administrator jobs accumulate 14,000 online searches a month each.
On the other end, python developer jobs gain just 2,400 online searches per month, making it the least popular.
The programming languages Americans are most interested in learning
Undoubtedly, many of the technology-related jobs will require knowledge of at least one specific programming language.
Prolifics Testing found that Americans are most focused on learning python, with an astonishing 96,100 online searches for it each month – the equivalent of 3,203 online searches a day.
SQL (30,000 online searches) is the next most popular programming language that individuals are trying to become proficient at.
On the other end, PHP (6,850), CSS (8,400) and R (9,300) are among the programming languages that Americans have less interest in learning.
Top three tips for getting a job in technology (even with little experience)
Those working in technology are a close-knit community, so it makes networking very important. Make the effort to find and attend as many technology/IT-related conferences as possible. Likewise, reach out to established influencers, potential mentors and prospective employers on platforms such as Linkedin to not only showcase your skills but ask thought-out questions.
Diversify skill set
Proficient in one coding language? Then push yourself to learn another one through online courses. Additionally, knowing the fundamentals of aspects such as SEO and photo and video editing will complement your programming skills, especially during websites development.
Building a portfolio of work
Don’t just talk about what you know. Gain a competitive advantage by having a portfolio of work that you can showcase. This may involve contributing to open source projects or building your own project. It does not have to be a complicated project, it could just be a free and simple mini-app. Likewise, take on one-off freelancer jobs which are a great way to get your foot in the door and enhance your professional as well as interpersonal skills.