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Clarkston Sponsors NC Tech NC IT Job Trends Report for August

Business consulting leader Clarkston Consulting and coding education provider Momentum Learning are sponsoring the NC Tech Association IT Job Trends Report. This month’s report featured North Carolina IT jobs trends for the month of August 2020. Some of the information featured in the report includes the top occupations, metropolitan statistical areas, hard skills and certifications, hirers of tech talent, and North Carolina versus overall USA job postings for the month. Excerpts from the report and a link to the full report for the NC Tech Association are included below.

Report Highlights

After July’s sharp increase, open technology positions in North Carolina experienced a more modest increase in August to 27,608. This month’s growth follows the geographic and industry trends of previous months with the most concentrated increase in the healthcare field and in areas with populations below 300,000.

The increase in available positions by businesses like UNC Health Care, Change Healthcare Inc., and Humana Inc. signifies the continuing strength of the healthcare sector in terms of employment. Behind healthcare, however, manufacturing is showing a slight recovery with a nearly 27% increase in open positions from the previous year. While consumer-facing areas such as retail continue to lag, the increase in manufacturing serves as a potential indicator of improving employment opportunities as businesses across various industries begin to settle into the disruption caused by the novel coronavirus.

Though the COVID-19 pandemic has clearly impacted the jobs market and greater economy, nearly 80% of the open positions have been posted in the last 90 days, showing strong overall growth in spite of extenuating circumstances. As more and more businesses realize the need for digital capabilities, the skill sets with increases in demand, including cloud infrastructure, cloud services, AWS, and cybersecurity, reflect the shift to virtual environments for most organizations. Meanwhile, skills in finance and financial services have experienced the largest decline in demand from the previous year.

Data Reveals Employers are Looking for Web Developer Skills

According to August data, hirers are seeking web development skills as businesses focus on building digital capabilities. There’s still significant demand for Software Development and Programming skills – both in the top 15 hard skills again this month. Demand for web developer hard skills such as Software Engineering, up +42% from 2019, Python (+28.22%), and Java (+11.15%) continues to be high also.

As Software Developers take up the most in-demand jobs for August, there are several ways to hone in on the skills necessary for this role. You can get started and practice through various free online programs. To improve your web developer skills, consider taking a full-time course like Momentum for expert instruction in high demand programming languages. Make sure you highlight your web developer skills in the skills section of your resume and profiles to help you stand out to recruiters.

Building, Growing, & Supporting Career

Momentum builds, grows, and supports software development talent, providing relevant skills training for the modern workplace. Clarkston Consulting solves business and technology problems for the world’s leading life sciences and consumer products companies. Clarkston Consulting and Momentum are investing in North Carolina by helping visionary companies deploy new and inclusive strategies to find, develop and retain the best technology talent.

Read the full report on North Carolina IT job trends from the NC Tech Association for the month of August here.