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The Northern Virginia Technology Council (NVTC) released its annual report on tech workforce needs that highlights the skills employers are seeking out. With Amazon moving into NoVa, this report further clarifies why the DMV’s tech talent attracted the ecommerce giant.
NVTC released the 2018 Greater Washington Technology Workforce Needs Assessment, highlighting the most common skills, competencies and industry certifications that local employers deemed high-demand and/or in low supply in the regional talent pool. https://t.co/RLStkczh5a pic.twitter.com/y5D7UcYyfr
— NVTC (@NoVaTechCouncil) December 21, 2018
NVTC analyzed employer-submitted résumés that represent ideal employees for software development and cybersecurity openings to compile this report.
Here are some key findings from the report the 2018 Greater Washington Technology Workforce Needs Assessment:
- Candidates with competency of Eclipse, Jenkins, Jira, MS Project, SharePoint and VMWare are in high demand.
- Cybersecurity employers generally don’t require its employees to know coding languages.
- CompTIA’s Security+ certificate was the most common industry credential in both the cybersecurity andsoftware development talent workforces, with three times as many as the next-weighted certification possessing this credential.
- Employers unanimously reported that their biggest pain point is hiring mid-level tech talent.
- Employers indicated they would hire employees without a four-year degree.
For more on the local tech workforce, we recently sat down with tech execs, leaders and investors in the DMV region to discuss how Amazon’s move could shape the talent market and these findings show why the tech giant wants software developers in the region.
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