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Yes, there's still a shortage of software developers. But there's even more of a shortage of developers who can write well, communicate effectively and comfortably meet with customers. New research from Burning Glass Technologies shows that nationwide, employers are looking for the so-called soft skills more than ever before, according to a recent interview with CEO Matt Sigelman. It's time to polish up that software developer resume.
Over the last several months, Burning Glass looked at millions of job postings around the country to see what skills employers pined after. The results were somewhat surprising to Sigelman, who had seen demand for soft skills trending, but not to this degree. In fact, his research report -- titled "The Human Factor: The Hard Time Employers Have Finding Soft Skills" -- showed on average one in three skills listed in job postings were "baseline skills," such as organization or communication. In highly technical fields like IT or engineering, the proportion was one in four.
Matt SigelmanCEO, Burning Glass Technologies
Employers are asking for those skills, but they're not necessarily finding them, Sigelman explained. By looking at how much emphasis employers put on soft skills when advertising for a position, and comparing that level of emphasis to standard occupational profiles, Burning Glass concluded that the out-of-proportion presence of soft skills shows companies are struggling to find employees with those attributes in software developer resumes.
Here's the good news: If you're organized and can write and communicate well, you're in demand in nearly every profession. And that holds even truer of IT folks, Sigelman explained. The well-rounded developer has skills that are the basis for another trend Burning Glass has unearthed: the rise of hybrid jobs included in developer CVs, such as when people with clinical medical experience note they can also code.
"What it means to be a software developer is changing," Sigelman said. "Employers are definitely looking for skill set combinations not found in nature."
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