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Why Python Developer Roles are Hot and Where

Posted by Jeff Pelliccio on Jul 14, 2017 9:00:00 AM

In ICS insights

Python, a programming language named for its creator’s love of Monty Python, began with basic CGI scripts but has evolved to web application frameworks, servers and content management. Python is extremely versatile with applications for business intelligence, application development and data processing. Because it can run on a variety of operating systems including iOS, Windows and Linux, Python is consistently ranked among the top programming languages. Developers with Python skills and experience are in demand across the U.S.

Python Developers are In Demand

By most accounts, Python is an easy programming language to learn. However, because it’s not used for any one single purpose, would-be employees need to understand not only the core language itself, but the modules, processes and bigger technology picture their industry or specialization uses.

For example, Python developers who want to work within web frameworks must also understand web servers written in Python, and web technologies and scalable software solutions. If you are an employer hiring to fill Python Developer spots, you may also want candidates versed in cloud management and monitoring solutions, or who are proficient in writing C or C++ extensions.

As a skill, knowing Python is hot and all signs point toward continued growth. From web applications to desktop applications, Python can increase developer productivity because of its ease of use and emphasis on code readability.

The Hottest Job Markets for Python Developers

Python developers are in demand in both certain industries and in certain geographical areas.

Industries with Increased Demand

Many major financial institutions, including investment banking and hedge funds, use Python for a wide array of platforms, including those that run their trading, pricing and risk management functions. According to an analysis of open positions and candidates in December 2016 by eFinancialCareers.com, demand in the financial space has picked up for Python developers, but there aren’t enough qualified candidates to meet that demand.

It isn’t just financial institutions using Python; according to Computer Weekly, Python is used by many major well-known companies including Google, YouTube, AstraZeneca, and more.

Python developers are also popular with startup businesses, data science, mathematics and web development users.

Geographies with Demand for Python Developers

Developers who understand and are experienced in using Python are in demand nationwide, and are in short supply in some parts of the country.

According to an August 2016 SpareFoot blog post based on data from Indeed.com, demand is hottest in the following ten metropolitan job markets:

  • Atlanta, GA
  • New York, NY
  • Jersey City, NJ
  • Chicago, IL
  • Washington, D.C.
  • Boston, MA
  • San Jose, CA
  • Austin, TX
  • Sunnyvale, CA
  • San Francisco, CA

In New York, Python developer spots made up an astonishing 33.9 percent of job openings! In Chicago, which came in second place for the percentage of job openings, 14.9 percent of all posted jobs at the time of the survey analysis were for Python developers. The demand for Python Developers was more modest in Washington, D.C., but still made up 4.1 percent of job listings.

Count on ICS to Fill Open Python Developer Roles with Qualified, Skilled Candidates

Whether you are looking for Python developers to work with regular expressions, web development, automation, web scraping, image processing, analyzing data or more, you need candidates with a specific skill set.

At ICS, we can help by introducing you to pre-screened Python Developers and candidates with a wide range of backgrounds and skills. Whether you are looking for help for a short-term project or need more ongoing support on either a temporary or permanent basis, you can count on ICS to help.

We have locations in eight of the hottest job markets across the country: New York, Washington, D.C., Fort Lauderdale, Chicago, Dallas, Houston, Minneapolis and Denver. To learn more, contact us today.
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