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Software developer is the most important tech job of the future, survey says

30 Aug 2022

A Remote survey found that the most in-demand digital skills are in social media, digital marketing and software development.

In a survey of more than 500 tech workers and employers, 37pc said software developer will be the most important technology job in the future.

They were polled by Remote, a US-based company that helps organisations hire remote workers. It asked more than 500 employers and employees who work in tech for their thoughts on in-demand skills for the future.

After software developer, the jobs deemed most important for the future were software engineer, workplace manager, digital workplace programme director, head of automation and machine learning engineer.

The respondents were also asked for their views on the most in-demand skills for tech workers. The top five skills singled out by those surveyed were social media skills; digital marketing; software development; programming, web and app development; and software engineering.

The survey asked respondents which digital tools are used within tech industries, based on the ones that are most commonly paid for. Adobe Creative Suite took first place, with 29pc of respondents saying it was paid for within their business.

Other tools used for communicative purposes, such as Gmail, Slack and Loom, were also listed as popular.

According to Jacob Schatz, head of automation at Remote, employers have the responsibility to support their employees with improving their digital skills as tech continues to advance.

“Our survey revealed that nearly 30pc of employers are using tools or software that is 11 to 15 years old and 26pc of respondents also don’t provide technology training,” he said. “If you expect your team to keep up with digital trends, your equipment and approach to internal training need to complement this.”

In June of this year, the Code Institute’s digital content and production manager, Daragh Ó Tuama, wrote a piece for that outlined nine reasons to become a software developer. From job satisfaction to career progression opportunities and high salaries, he said it’s good option for anyone who is considering their future at the moment.

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Blathnaid O’Dea
By Blathnaid O’Dea

Blathnaid O’Dea worked as a Careers reporter until 2024, coming from a background in the Humanities. She likes people, pranking, pictures of puffins – and apparently alliteration.

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