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Dec. 21, 2018 12:53 pm

DC-area employers are seeking these tech skills

The Northern Virginia Technology Council released its annual report looking at tech workforce needs in the D.C. area, from coding languages to certifications.
Companies and attendees mix at NET/WORK DC 2018.

Companies and attendees mix at NET/WORK DC 2018.

(Photo by Stephen Babcock)

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 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:

  • Java, JavaScript, CSS and HTML were cited most frequently in the software development talent workforce. Tech employers also reported sourcing candidates with Java and JavaScript coding language competencies is difficult.
  • Employers ranked Java, JavaScript, SQL and MySQL as being in high demand.
  • 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 and
    software 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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