Despite the relentless demand for software engineering professionals before and throughout the global pandemic, entry-level and college-graduate developers still have a tough path to their first paid gig. Most job ads still mandate a certain level of experience—some that are literally unrealistic. But there are plenty of jobs out there, and there are certain skills that could help you snare one.
The most common entry-level role in the US is for React developers, according to analysis of data from the job site Indeed conducted in January 2021 by programming instructor Mark Lassof.
In fact, more than 52% of React-proficient jobs are open to entry-level developers, as opposed to Java roles, which account for only 14% of the entry-level jobs available. PHP has the next highest percentage, at 21%.
Java jobs are hot, but not realistic for entry-level developers
Excluding nontechnical skills like communication, customer service, and Microsoft Office, the most in-demand skills for entry-level positions on the Indeed platform in January 2021 included:
- Software troubleshooting
As Lasoff wrote, “I’m not a big fan of Java as an entry-level language. I think you’ll find that most of these Java jobs go to college graduates with computer science degrees. While there are many jobs, I think Java is better to look at once you have some experience.”
Best language skills for developers with some experience
If you’re no longer entry-level, a few other languages can give you a leg up in finding a developer job.
For developers with four to six years of experience, the lowest level of experience tracked by job sites Hired and Vettery for their 2021 State of Software Engineers survey, Go proficiency drives the most interview requests, at 2.4 times more than the average candidate, followed closely by Scala at 2.3 times, which was the only skill tracked to give less-experienced developers a leg up over the competition.
React also held up well here, with software engineers of all experience levels averaging 2.7 times more interview requests if they had React skills than those without, second only to candidates with Redux framework proficiency.
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