Top Silicon Valley companies are finding software technologies like React, Node, Python, AWS, JavaScript, Typescript, PostgreSQL, Java, GraphQL, and React Native most useful.
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US tech companies are finding software technologies like React, Node, Python, AWS, JavaScript, Typescript, PostgreSQL, Java, GraphQL, and React Native most useful in software development projects, according to Turing’s data insights. Based on an analysis of job requirements received between Jan 1, 2021, to May 31, 2021, Turing assessed the demand for various software skills among its customers, i.e., fast-scaling startups and leading enterprises. 

These ten technologies comprise more than half (53.5 percent) of the top 50 skills companies are hiring for at Turing. 

Here’s a breakdown of the top 5 technologies:

React.js is the most in-demand programming language, by far

top front-end skills

American firms find React.js the most helpful skill; it makes up 12 percent of Turing’s top 50 programming skills and nearly 40 percent of all front-end roles in the top 50. React has retained its position since the 2020 edition of this report, wherein it also comprised 12 percent of all roles. React allows companies to create apps with better UI, UX, and speed, which has undoubtedly contributed to its popularity with top tech companies. 

Companies often seek developers who can combine their expertise in React with knowledge of other popular skills-sets. In descending order, the languages most commonly requested with React are Node.js, Typescript, Javascript, and AWS. 

Node and React combinations are prevalent

JavaScript-oriented skill-sets are in demand at top firms. Node.js is the second-most popular programming technology overall and the most in-demand back-end development language. 7.2 percent of the top 50 technology requirements are Node.js-based, while 23.3 percent of back-end job listings include Node.js. 

Moreover, an interesting pattern has emerged: more than half of the jobs that asked for Node also requested React as a required or optional skill (this skill pairing will face some tough competition from Python-React). Apart from React, the skills most commonly demanded with Node.js included AWS, Typescript, Python, PostgreSQL, and GraphQL. 

Another in-demand pairing: Python and React 

Python closely follows Node.js to take up 6.9 percent of the top 50 in-demand skills and 19.2 percent of back-end opportunities. Its versatility and efficiency are likely reasons for its popularity.

Further, Python-React edges out React-Node.js to become the most in-demand skill pairing of all combinations. Node.js, JavaScript, and Java are other skills companies like combining with Python. 

AWS has gained popularity

AWS usage has increased since the last edition of this report; AWS now makes up 6.3 percent of all top 50 job requirements, up from 5.3 percent. It is the most sought-after of all DevOps skills by far, forming almost half (46.3 percent) of all DevOps requirements in the top 50. Given that AWS offers robust security, is cost-effective, easy to scale, and adaptable, its popularity isn’t surprising. 

It’s common for companies to look for developers with a trio of software skills such as AWS, React, and Node or AWS, React, and Python. Firms also use AWS in combination with technologies like PostgreSQL, JavaScript, and Typescript. 

JavaScript rounds off the top 5 software technologies

JavaScript is the fifth most desired programming skill, forming 5.6 percent of the top 50 software skills, up from 4.6 percent in 2020. 

These five skills prove most valuable for US companies looking to build and scale their software development teams. Other skills rapidly gaining popularity include Kubernetes, Docker, Ruby on Rails, Vue.js, Go/Golang, and PHP. 

At Turing, talented software developers can find long-term, full-time US remote software jobs, across Full Stack, Front-End, Back-End, DevOps, Mobile, and AI/ML roles. Companies can hire top developers across 100+ skills, including but not limited to, React, Node, Python, AWS, and JavaScript.

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Anoushka Rego
Anoushka is a writer, editor, and former ESL Instructor who has worked with Fortune 200 companies in India (ICICI, Bajaj Finserv, Tata Capital), Japanese MNCs (Toyota, Hitachi, Mitsubishi), and award-winning production houses (Jungle Book Entertainment, Organised Chaos).
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