November 20, 2013, 6:00 AM — Yesterday I wrote a post about how job boards are making it easier for tech workers to find positions open to telecommuters. As I was researching it, I wondered whether certain programming languages or tech skills were more in demand for telecommuting jobs than others. If I want to stay at home and write code in my pajammies, is there one language more than others that would help me achieve my dream?
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Before discussing the results, let me describe my methodology:
I looked at 719 job listings open to remote tech workers on two job boards: Dice and the new job board We Work Remotely. On the former, I looked at everything listed under the “Programming Jobs” section (141 jobs). On the latter, I ran a query after checking the “Search Telecommuting jobs only” checkbox on their advanced search page, which leads to a query like this one; this produced 578 job postings.
I also considered the top trending job skills according to Indeed.com. Those skills were: HTML5, MongoDB, iOS, Android, Puppet, Hadoop, jQuery; I ignored Mobile app, PaaS, social media as being too general.
On Dice, I used their Skill filter to find listings mentioning certain skills or languages, such as this one for jQuery jobs.
Of course, you still can’t go wrong with knowing the classics, such as Java, second on this list (mentioned in 15% of listings) and C, which was fourth (10%).
Happy job hunting!
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