Survey Findings: Today’s Tech Worker

In order to understand the needs of today’s technology professional, it’s important to take a look at their habits. What types of technology do they use themselves? How long do they spend in front of their computers every day? What is most important to hiring managers who are looking for new blood? We surveyed over 1,200 IT professionals to find out.

Check out some of the results:

  • A computer science degree isn’t as important as you think, but it does help! Only 18% of managers said a computer science degree was necessary for a tech job, while 65% said a computer science degree is “somewhat important” or “not important.”
  • The jury’s still out on whether completing a coding course will give you an edge: responses were split almost 50/50 on whether managers prefer to hire coding camp graduates.
  • Polish your C# and C++ skills! While Java is still the most widely used programming language in  offices today (22%), these two underdogs are the most sought-after.
  • More than half of managers said they require candidates to complete a coding exercise as part of the interview process, but be prepared: only 20% of those that require coding exercises compensate applicants for completing them.
  • Developers are by far the most sought-after job, followed by programmers and data analysts.
  • True to world-wide data, Chrome is king with well over half of users reporting that it’s their browser of choice.

Here are a few of the questions we posed, and the results:

1. How many hours do you spend on a desktop or laptop computer each day, on average?

9.6

2. Mac or PC?

Mac: 10%
PC: 71.6%
Both: 15.6%
Other: 2.8%

3. Have you attended school for IT or computer science?

Yes: 75%
No: 25%
Note: 64% of females answered yes, as opposed to 79% of males

4. When was the last time you ran a virus scan on your home computer?

Today: 25%
Last week: 40%
Within the last two weeks: 12%
Within the last month: 12%
Within the last year: 7%
More than a year ago: 2%
Never: 3%

5. Do you use virus protection software?

Yes: 92%
No: 8%

6. Have you purchased a new desktop or laptop computer in the last year?

Yes: 56%
No: 44%

7. Which web browser do you prefer to use?

Chrome: 63%
Firefox: 22%
IE: 9%
Safari: 4%
Other: 2%

8. Which programming language do you or your team use most often?

Java: 22%
Javascript: 18.4%
Python: 6%
C#: 11%
C++: 12%
SQL: 10%
Other: 21%

9. What is the one technical skill everyone — even the non-technically inclined — should learn?

How to back up your data
Excel
How the Internet works, in general
How to burn a CD/DVD
How to make sure that your operating system (aka windows updates) and anti-virus software are up to date.
How to safely navigate & use more than one operating system
How to use Google
Basic HTML
How to restart your computer
Typing
Basic troubleshooting
How to set up a computer
Computer security

10. If you had to hire only one candidate who knew only one of the following coding languages, what would it be?

C#: 23.3%
Java: 20.47%
C++: 18.1%
SQL: 15.24%
JavaScript: 7.62%
PHP: 4.29%
Python: 3.33%
Other: 7.62%

11. Do you give preference in hiring to candidates who have completed a coding bootcamp?

Yes: 65%
No: 35%

12. How important is a Computer Science degree when hiring for an entry-level developer?

Necessary: 18.57%
Very Important: 20.48%
Somewhat Important: 44.76%
Not Important: 16.19%

Looking for more insights into the technology professionals of 2016? Check out our resource center.

 

About Jaime Lewis

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