Software Developers Are Most In-Demand Tech Job, Reaching New High in April

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In April 2013, more than 128,000 jobs were advertised online for Applications Software Developers in the United States, growing 16% year-over-year, according to WANTED Analytics™.

During April 2013, more than 128,000 jobs were advertised online for Applications Software Developers in the United States, according to WANTED Analytics™ (, the leading source of real-time business intelligence for the talent marketplace. Applications Developers were the most in-demand technology occupation in April, reaching a new high in the number of job ads. Demand for this talent has grown 16% from April of 2012 and more than 190% from 4 years ago.

The 10 most in-demand software developer job titles include:

1. Software Engineer
2. Senior Software Engineer
3. Software Development Engineer
4. .NET Developer
5. Java Software Engineer
6. Applications Engineer
7. Senior Software Developer
8. Principal Software Engineer
9. Senior Software Engineer Java
10. Application Developer

Java, which is mentioned in 2 of the above titles, is the most commonly required skill in Application Software Developer jobs. Other skills that are often specified in job ads are Structured Query Language (SQL), C# .NET, and JavaScript.

The three metropolitan areas with the most demand for Software Developers are on the West Coast. Seattle, San Francisco, and San Jose lead the US in the number of job ads during April. Seattle had the most open positions, with more than 13,000 ads at a 28% year-over-year increase. New York City and Washington, DC rounded out the top five cities for this occupation.

With growing hiring demand for Software Developers, it is likely to be difficult to source potential candidates. As demand continues, conditions and the level of difficulty may increase. According to the Hiring Scale™, these positions score a 75 on average across the United States. (The Hiring Scale ranges from 1 to 99, with 99 representing the most difficult conditions.) Local conditions will vary widely, depending on regional demand and talent supply. The locations likely to experience the most difficulty with recruiting software development professionals are Baltimore, Maryland and San Francisco, California. These cities score higher than a 90 on the Hiring Scale, significantly more difficult than the national average. With increased competition from employers to attract candidates, Recruiters and hiring managers in these metro areas are likely to also experience a longer time-to-fill.

In comparison, the Hiring Scale also shows that the best places to source these candidates are Olympia (Washington) and Eugene (Oregon), both scoring under a 10 on the Hiring Scale. Also, since these locations are on the West Coast, they would be alternative locations for employers in Seattle and the Silicon Valley to recruit potential candidates.

The Hiring Scale measures conditions in local job markets by comparing hiring demand and labor supply. The Hiring Scale is part of the WANTED Analytics platform that offers business intelligence for the talent marketplace.

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About WANTED Analytics™

WANTED Analytics™ helps recruiting organizations make better decisions faster with real-time business intelligence on jobs, employers, and talent. Analytics brings together, for the first time, years of hiring demand and talent supply data to create a true talent intelligence platform for hard-to-fill positions.

Clients in the staffing, HR, RPO, media, and government sectors use WANTED Analytics™ to find sales leads, analyze employment trends, gather competitive intelligence, forecast economic conditions, and source hard-to-fill positions.

About WANTED Technologies Corporation

WANTED Technologies (TSX-V:WAN) provides real-time business intelligence for the talent marketplace. Founded in 1999, the company’s headquarters are in Quebec City, Canada, and it maintains a US-based subsidiary with primary offices in New York City. WANTED began collecting detailed Hiring Demand data in June 2005, and currently maintains a database of more than 800 million unique job listings. For more information or to sample WANTED’s services, visit

WANTED is also the exclusive data provider for The Conference Board Help Wanted OnLine Data Series®, the monthly economic indicator of Hiring Demand in the United States.

The TSX Venture Exchange does not accept responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this release. Any statement that appears prospective shall not be interpreted as such.


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