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These are the top 50 tech skills by job posting for Q3 2020

A new Dice jobs report examines trends in third-quarter tech job growth around the country.

In Q3 2020, 68% of the top 50 employers increased their number of job posts. (Image via Dice)

This editorial article is a part of Workforce Development Month of's editorial calendar.

After a rocky second quarter of 2020, tech hiring seemed to stabilize in Q3, according to a new jobs report from tech hiring platform Dice.

In the third quarter, 68% of the top 50 employers by job volume increased the amount of job postings compared to the second quarter. And “while overall tech job postings were down 7% for the quarter (in comparison to Q2), postings were virtually flat from August to September,” the report says.

The first and second quarters indicated an increase in mid-level jobs, per Dice. Comparatively, data from August to September shows a rise in senior-level roles. IT Director roles made up 39% of those jobs:

(Image via Dice)

This could possibly predict an increase in more mid-level jobs with new senior-level professionals looking to build out their new teams, the company said. This data also suggests that firms are shifting back to longer-term projects that the pandemic initially made them pause.

The report also includes data on the top tech skills being asked for in job posts, top 50 tech skills and Q3 trends around the country. Here’s how they stack up:

(Image via Dice)

(Image via Dice)

(Image via Dice)

For top tech skills, here’s what we spot as the top 10:

  • Project management
  • SQL
  • Java
  • Python
  • JavaScript
  • Linux
  • Technical support
  • Quality assurance
  • Oracle
  • Information systems

Among’s markets, Philadelphia came in at #16 of top cities per number of job postings. Pittsburgh came in at #25 and Baltimore at #28, while Virginia’s Arlington was #19, Richmond was #29, Reston was #36, McLean was #39 and Chantilly was #47.

Michael Butler is a 2020-2022 corps member for Report for America, an initiative of The Groundtruth Project that pairs young journalists with local newsrooms. This position is supported by the Lenfest Institute for Journalism.
Companies: Dice
Series: Workforce Development Month 2020

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