Earlier this year I reported that software developer is the best job for 2013, according to a study by CareerBuilder and Economic Modeling Specialists Intl. (EMSI). Since 2010, 70,872 software developer jobs have been added (7% growth)—and these professionals earn $90,530 a year, on average. The BLS expects a 30% increase in the number of software developers by 2020 (from 2010).
If you’re looking to make the move to that promising profession, or any job in the thriving tech industry, you’ll want to know who is hiring.
Forbes and the job search engine Indeed.com teamed up to find the 25 technology companies that are hiring the most right now for jobs paying $60,000 a year, or more. The picture we offer does not reflect a precise number of available jobs, since an opening can be listed in more than one place and can remain online for a time after it’s filled. Nevertheless, the numbers do offer a strong, broad gauge of which tech companies are expanding and taking on the most new workers.
“Indeed currently has 264,300 information technology job postings, the third highest industry in terms of job openings behind healthcare and retail,” says Michael Werch, a communications manager at Indeed.com. “New specialties typically emerge in information technology faster than in other sectors and we’re seeing rapid growth in employer demand for people with expertise in areas, such as mobile operating systems, cloud solutions, and big data.”
Heading the list with 2,406 unique job postings is Amazon, the world’s largest online retailer.
The Seattle-based e-commerce behemoth is currently trying to fill 2,407 jobs that pay $60,000 or more a year.
Amazon is looking for software engineers, systems engineers, project managers and java developers all over the country. However, the company is doing its heaviest hiring in Seattle, San Francisco, New York, and Silicon Valley.
Tech giant Oracle and multinational software firm Microsoft round out the top three with 2,332 and 2,105 job openings, respectively.
Oracle, the Redwood City, Calif.-based tech giant headed by billionaire Larry Ellison, is looking to hire software developers, sales representatives, application developers and consultants. Most of these openings are in California (Redwood Shores, Santa Clara, Pleasanton and Redwood City).
Microsoft is hiring software development engineers, program managers, enterprise architects, and attorneys. It’s doing its heaviest hiring in Washington, California, D.C., and New York.
“Right now we are hiring big, bold thinkers who embody the innovative spirit of this great industry and who will continue to push innovation in our products,” says John Phillips, director of global talent acquisition at Microsoft. “We hire talent across software, hardware, services and every function in between. We look for people with a passion for technology, who are motivated, nimble and work well in collaborative environments.”
Peter Jasinski, a design verification engineer on Microsoft’s Surface team, says: “It’s exhilarating to work at a tech company. Our work makes an immediate impact on society and the way people get things done. I love working for Microsoft because of two major reasons: First, I’m right out of college and I play an important and necessary role. It’s an awesome feeling to be responsible and know that I’m having an immediate impact on the company,” he says. “Second, the people I work with are interested in what they’re doing and dedicated to their jobs. Everyone wants to make the best services and devices and is willing to go the extra mile to make ideas into realities. That makes it a fun environment – we’re all working hard, but we enjoy the work we get to do. What could be better than solving puzzles that can positively affect the lives of millions?”
Dell, Apple and Google also made the list, with a total of 4,030 online job listings between the three. Other big tech firms doing heavy hiring: Cisco, Yahoo, and Sony.
“There are numerous opportunities in tech, but the difficulty or ease of finding a job ultimately depends on how well your skills and experience align with the hiring needs of employers that you’re applying to,” Werch says. “The outlook for tech is particularly bright because demand is not just high at technology companies, but across all sectors including finance, retail and healthcare to name a few.”
Gayle Laakmann McDowell, author of The Google Résumé and Cracking the Coding Interview, has worked for various popular tech firms. In her book The Google Résumé, McDowell offers advice to job seekers trying to get in at a top notch company.
“Start off at a start-up when you’re a student,” she said. “It’s a great way to get tangible experience and gain credibility.”
Once you’re ready to move on and move up, you should prepare for a variety of question types in the interview. “Websites like CareerCup.com and Glassdoor.com will give you a good sense of the types of interview questions you might be asked,” she said. “But don’t stop at the technical or expertise questions. You can and should prepare for behavioral questions. Read through your resume and find ways of talking concisely and effectively about each of your accomplishments. Preparation for behavioral questions is one of the easiest ways to improve your overall performance.”
McDowell gives more pointers on how to land a job in her book, and she talks about what tech companies look for in candidates. “Passion. Creativity. Initiative. Intelligence. And a ‘getting things done’ attitude,” she writes. “[Tech firms] pride themselves on their funky and innovative culture, and they want people who will fit into this.”
So, if you think you’re a good fit for the laid-back environment that tech firms offer, you may want to check out job postings at the top tech companies hiring the most.
Job Listings: 2,406
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Job Listings: 2,105
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7. Lockheed Martin
Job Listings: 1,418
Job Listings: 1,383
Job Listings: 1,319
10. Northrop Grumman
Job Listings: 1,037