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Gold Rush of Resilient Local Tech Jobs

By: Mike Sherwood

By Mike Sherwood

As the job market continues to pick up more steam from the 2008 downturn, many savvy job seekers have noted that the tech market has recovered much more quickly than the overall market. The NASDAQ has recently reached its highest point in 11 years, while tech companies like Facebook and Twitter are dominating headlines. Across the country, the technical unemployment rate is 50 percent lower than the overall rate.

Tech here in New England is even stronger than the nation as a whole. We are once again bringing in talent from far off places such as Boston, Texas, Florida and overseas. Local employers only embark upon these searches after thoroughly scouring the local talent pool. If you'd like to be a part of the local "Tech Job Gold Rush," here are three jobs going to folks from away:

Programmers

Programmers using Java, .NET, and Python are all in high demand. Although most programmers have bachelor's degrees, many of these degrees are in unrelated majors. The only requirement for this path is a strong analytical mind. Many common tools are freely downloadable, so one can gain experience without being on-the-job. In fact, employers love the chutzpah demonstrated in tackling a large project "just for fun."

User Experience / UI Developers

These jobs revolve around controlling the overall interaction a user has with a computer application. In recent years, a tremendous amount of effort has been placed into ensuring a pleasurable and productive user experience. These roles require both an analytical mind and an aesthetic eye. Learning HTML/CSS and the ability to write it from scratch is a common entry point into this field.

Quality Assurance Analysts

While software is being created, QA analysts test it in order to locate defects (bugs) before the software is released to users. Testing a large piece of software requires a structured and disciplined approach to leave as few stones unturned as possible. A strong attention to detail is required, along with sharp analytical skills. QA analysts work deep inside of an application, so foundational knowledge of programming, networks and databases will be well utilized.

If you're interested in any of these roles, there is endless information online. You'll find blogs, tutorials, books, and salary calculators. Technology growth is expected to continue long into the future. Retraining now will pay off for years to come.


Mike Sherwood is the Managing Director and Founder of Base36. As a Bowdoin College computer science alum, Mike has led Base36 to be the leading technical consulting company in the state of Maine. Their internal office staff is deeply technical and highly trusted, with many clients hiring wholly based upon their screening feedback.