One of the most significant test cases for the power of software was the Apollo 11 landing on the Moon in 1969. At the time, computers were still largely confined to universities and labs, and working with and making programs for computers was the domain of a select few people. In that era, entrusting a computer program with this kind of task was as uncharted as the Moon itself.
A year earlier, Margaret Hamilton, the NASA mathematician who lead the team developing the guidance software for the lunar module, brought the term “software engineer” into existence. “I fought to bring the software legitimacy so that it (and those building it) would be given its due respect,” she said in an interview last year.
Once the stuff of extraterrestrial exploration, software now touches almost every part of our lives. As a result, software engineers and a myriad of other jobs tied to software development are needed by companies of all kinds.
Employer demand for these candidates outpaces supply—a job title that did not exist 50 years ago is now the continual subject of discussion among employers, policymakers and the press. In a field that is changing so quickly, how can we hope to find enough people with the skills needed to take on these roles?
To answer that question, the Indeed Hiring Lab—a global research institute committed to advancing the knowledge of human resource and talent management professionals worldwide—examined how job seekers and employers in tech are responding to one another. The resulting report, Beyond the Talent Shortage: How Tech Candidates Search for Jobs, reveals where there are opportunities to find great talent despite a shortage.
Among the key findings, location stands out as a driver of job seeker interest. Over the past two years, candidates searching for software-related jobs have become more intent on working in just four cities: San Francisco, San Jose, Seattle and Austin. As Indeed Chief Economist Tara Sinclair put it, “Employers will need to craft creative strategies to attract job seekers to the cities where they’re needed while also offering greater flexibility and opportunity for this set of in-demand talent.”
Get the full report to learn more about what matters to these sought-after candidates and how employers can identify opportunity amidst a shortage of talent.