Everybody knows that professionals who possess tech skills are in high demand. However, the job market for tech pros isn’t nearly as black-and-white as it may seem. Yes, the technology sector boasts extremely low unemployment rates – just 2 percent compared to 5 percent for all other sectors. However, anywhere from 500,000 to 2 million tech jobs go unfilled each year. Employers continue to struggle to find people with specific skill sets, in some key specialties. If you are a tech pro and you want to land a great new job this year, these are the skills employers want the most.


With .NET serving as an application development framework, C# is a language to be used with .NET. Placing a number of information technology professionals in the Buffalo and Western New York area, .NET is a very in-demand skill from companies in their IT professionals.


If a company maintains databases, they need people with SQL skills, the “official” language of databases. Thanks to big data, the Internet of Things and AI, the size and complexity of databases continues to grow, and so does demand for SQL skills.

Cloud Services

These days, everything is being migrated to the cloud and organizations need skilled IT professionals with cloud skills who can help power and maintain infrastructure on-demand and shared computing power.


HTML is the language of website programming. If a site or app is going to be posted online, HTML is required. Anyone who works with websites in any capacity must have HTML skills.


Perl is a popular skill because many large enterprises still rely on legacy systems or they are in the process of migrating complex legacy systems.  Because Perl is a data extraction language, it is popular when working with legacy systems and code.


Meaning Hypertext Preprocessor, PHP is an open source general-purpose scripting language that is widely used and especially suited for web development. It is very popular because of its ease of learning and cost effectiveness.


Like Python, Java is also over 20 years old and isn’t going anywhere anytime soon. Despite its age, Java is the language that powers Android devices. It remains so popular because it is adaptable, practical, compatible and scalable.


Linux is another oldie-but-goodie. This “dinosaur” powers some of the most innovative websites on the internet today. Despite its age, Linux remains one of the most popular open source operating systems among tech pros.


Python is an older but always in-demand language. Python saw a major resurgence in the last several years, as it is the go-to for big data systems. Developers looking for new opportunities should brush up on their Python skills.

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