Analysis of job trends on Twitter suggests iPhone and iPad developers in strong demand in 2012

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New analysis by Job Site http://www.JobsTractor.com suggests strong demand for iPhone and iPad developers in 2012, with Objective-C (used for iPhone/iPad development) in top 3 skills requested November and December 2011. The most requested skills were web development in Java and PHP but mobile development skills show growth

developers thinking of picking up new skills in the new year should certainly consider Objective-C and iPhone/iPad development

A new analysis of job trends on Twitter suggests iPhone and iPad developers will be in strong demand in 2012. Jobs Tractor (http://www.jobstractor.com) which searches twitter for software developer jobs has analysed over 20,000 jobs found during the last two months of 2011. Objective-C (used to develop iPhone and iPad apps) was the third most requested skill second only to web stalwarts Java and PHP. Android skills made it into the top 5, although with almost half as many jobs as requested Objective-C skills.

Out of 21,494 jobs 883 were for Objective-C developers, lagging PHP and Java with 1,430 and 1,391 respectively. Objective-C was ahead of Google rival Android in the jobs market at least with 447 jobs looking for developers with Android skills. This was enough to get Android into the top 5 skills requested but still almost half the number of Objective-C jobs.

Comparing this with the longer term trends such as in the tiobe language index (http://www.tiobe.com/index.php/content/paperinfo/tpci/index.html) which measures programming language popularity by the amount of results in a number of search engines is interesting. This shows Objective-C as barely registering until mid 2009. To make it into the top 3 most requested skill since then is an impressive feat. As the smart phone and tablet markets are still developing, developers thinking of picking up new skills in the new year should certainly consider Objective-C and iPhone/iPad development.

About Jobs Tractor

Jobs Tractor (http://www.jobstractor.com) which searches twitter for software development jobs is currently in an open beta.

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