MSP Metro Workforce Report May 3 – May 9, 2020
Each week, RealTime Talent highlights the critical needs of employers in the 7-County Minneapolis-Saint Paul Metro (MSP) by lifting up the top jobs, skills, and certifications advertised by employers, as well as the top locations that employers are advertising openings aligned with five of the region’s most critical sectors. Each sector is comprised of a family of like-occupations that from a function and career pathway standpoint are related to one-another. These reports focus on jobs that require an Associate’s degree or less, and include an in-depth analysis on one occupation each week that is high-demand, high-opportunity, and high-growth.
In the second half of this report, we highlight an occupation in demand: Junior Software Developers. Read on for details on job posting trends, wages, and more.
Occupations in Focus: JUNIOR SOFTWARE DEVELOPERS
Over the next five weeks, RealTime Talent will dig in-depth on the workforce challenges surrounding critical occupations in-demand in the MSP metro region. The first occupation in focus is Junior Software Developers—one of the few IT occupations that has continued to see a consistent number of postings in the MSP Metro in April 2020 compared to April 2019.
Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, Applications Software Developers was the occupation forecasted to have the second highest baseline shortage of talent in the MSP Metropolitan Area—second only to Registered Nurses.
Software Developers create and modify general computer applications software or specialized utility programs, and analyze user needs and develop software solutions. Typically, openings for Software Developers have required a Bachelor’s degree and a minimum of 2 years of related experience. Nationwide, only 8.2% of people employed as Applications Software Developers have an Associate’s degree or less.