Tech jobs that attract the most interest from Millennials


You can’t compete in the digital economy without Millennial workers, who now comprise 35% of the workforce, according to data from Pew Research, ahead of Gen Xers (33%) and Baby Boomers (25%).

Millennials are essential to enterprises today not just because of their sheer numbers — 56 million Americans ages 21 to 36 were working or looking for work in 2017 —  but because they bring valuable digital tech skills to the job.

So how do you attract Millennial tech workers in a competitive job market? Sure, you can offer a lot of money and workplace flexibility, but a lot of enterprises do that. An even better way to attract at least initial interest from Millennial job seekers is to have jobs in which they are interested.

While that sounds easy, how can you determine which jobs are the most coveted among workers born between 1981 and 1996? economist Daniel Culbertson took at stab at figuring that out by analyzing job seeker click activity during the first quarter of this year.

Conclusion: It seems the Millennials are really into coding!

Here are the specific job postings candidates ages 21 to 39 clicked on at a higher rate compared with the overall job-seeking population:

  1. Java developer
  2. Machine learning engineer
  3. Data scientist
  4. Javascript developer
  5. Front end developer
  6. Android developer
  7. Computer vision engineer
  8. Python developer
  9. Web developer
  10. FPGA engineer

And here are the skills most likely to appear in job postings clicked on by Millennial job seekers:

  1. Machine learning
  2. Node.js
  3. Git
  4. Angular JS
  5. CSS
  6. C or C++
  7. Jenkins
  8. Object-oriented programming
  9. Rest
  10. Apache Spark

It’s worth keeping in mind that younger workers tend to look for jobs for which they have a commensurate level of experience. Older workers, Culbertson notes, tend to click more on director-level and managerial job listings.

“Many of the roles most distinct to older workers require years of experience, managerial responsibility or both,” he writes.

Still, there is some overlap between the age groups regarding their levels of interest in a job. Culbertson says these “include higher-skilled jobs such as software engineer, business analyst and data analyst, and also some lower-skilled roles such as technical support, help desk analyst and IT support. All these jobs have high posting volume and plenty of opportunity for tech job seekers of all ages.”

Which means a competitive market for tech talent. Is your enterprise offering the types of tech jobs that will attract Millennials?

(H/T Cynthia Harvey at InformationWeek)

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