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Planning your career in IT: should you develop skills in development?

Posted by David Brown, Executive Vice President, Veredus | Hays on Friday, Oct 23, 2015

Hays IT blog great time to be a developerAdvancements in technologies in areas such as security, web and mobile is driving an increase in demand for developers across multiple industries. With employers on hunt for those with developments skills, should you consider a career in development?

It’s a great time to be a developer.

Two-thirds of employers surveyed plan to hire IT staff with development skills in the next 3-6 months and 40% say hiring developers is their #1 priority, according the findings from our recent report What Employer’s Want: Information Technology.  Development is the number one area of IT where employers are experiencing a significant to extreme skill shortage. And employers are feeling the pressure, revealing that development is one of the top five areas of IT that they would pay a higher salary for to get the best talent on board.

Can you make the transition?

In a recent survey of developers by StackOverflow Careers, 42% of respondents said they were self-taught, working on side projects to develop their skills. If you are self-motivated and curious to learn coding in your own time then there is nothing to stop you exploring development  through open source frameworks.

If you’re better suited to guided learning there is a full gamut of bootcamps, online learning or more academic courses including degrees and PhD’s in computer science which need varying levels of investment of both cash and time.

Need further encouragement?

1 in 4 developers say they are satisfied with their job and 36% love their job!

Inspired? Take a look at these 5 hot developer jobs and kick start your career in development.

Junior- Mid Hadoop Developer, Altanta

Senior .Net Developer (Back End), Fort Lauderdale

Senior Java Developer (Oracle / ATG), Pennsylvania

SQL / ETL developer, Lakeland, Florida

Coldfusion Developer, Schaumburg, Illinois

Get your copy of the What Employers Want: Information Technology report to help you plan your career path or check out all available jobs and apply today.

Find out more about David Brown, Executive Vice President, an expert in staffing in Information Technology.

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