This Week’s Hiring Trends: Technology & Design

Updated 7/2/2020

Given the rapid changes associated with the pandemic, we will be regularly sharing reporting trends in hiring sectors across the Chicagoland area in the Technology & Design career community. This week’s trends will focus on Software & Web Development. 

 This week’s Key Take-aways

    • Software & Web Development opportunities have dipped 22% compared to June 2019. We’ve seen a consistent decline in unique postings over the last week compared to last year. 
    • Java, Software Engineering, & SQL are the top hard skills shown in postings with these skills appearing 38% of the time in postings for Java & Software Engineering and 33% for SQL
    • Communications, Problem Solving, and Leadership are the top soft skills shown in postings with communication skills showing up 38% of the time, Problem Solving showing up 22% of the time, and leadership showing up 19% of the time in postings.
    • Software Engineers, Java Developers, Front-End Developers are the top positions posted. 
    • Make an appointment with your Technology & Design Career Advisor today to make sure your profile stands out to top employers!

 

 

Software & Web Development opportunities have dipped 22% compared to June 2019. We’ve seen a consistent decline in unique postings over the last week compared to last year. Java, Software Engineering, & SQL are the top hard skills shown in postings with these skills appearing 38% of the time in postings for Java & Software Engineering and 33% for SQL. Communications, Problem Solving, and Leadership are the top soft skills shown in postings with communication skills showing up 38% of the time, Problem Solving showing up 22% of the time, and leadership showing up 19% of the time in postings.

The DePaul Career Center is here to help you reach your career goals. Check out our Summer 2020 Programming Calendar to get information on programs to help your job search during a pandemic, upskill, and more!  Meet with your Technology & Design Career Advisor to make sure you are showcasing the skills and experiences employers are looking for. 


Updated 6/24/2020

Given the rapid changes associated with the pandemic, we will be regularly sharing reporting trends in hiring sectors across the Chicagoland area in the Technology & Design career community. This week’s trends will focus on Graphic Design, Web Design, & Game Design. 

 Main Takeaways

  • Graphic Design, Web Design, & Game Design opportunities have dipped 26% compared to May 2019, however, the trends are changing daily and show sporadic decreases and increases.
  • Graphic Design, Adobe Photoshop, & Adobe Illustrator are the top hard skills shown in postings with these skills appearing 58% of the time in postings for Graphic Design, 53% for adobe photoshop, and 49% for Adobe Illustrator. 
  • Communications, Presentations, and Detail Oriented are the top soft skills shown in postings with communication skills showing up 56% of the time, presentations showing up 41% of the time, and detail orientation showing up 31% of the time in postings. 
  • Graphic Designers (Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media),  Visual Designers, & Designers have the most opportunities with 4,246 total open positions in the Chicagoland area.  
  • Make an appointment with your Technology & Design Career Advisor today to make sure your profile stands out to top employers!

Opportunities in Graphic Design, Web Design, & Game Design have dipped by 26% from May 2019- June 2020, however the trends are changing daily and show sporadic decreases and increases. Opportunities for Graphic Designers (Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media) are at 3,341; Visual Designers are 392, and designers are 513 for a total of 4,246 total open positions in the Chicagoland area. 27% of openings in Graphic Design, Web Design, & Game Design require 0-1 years of experience. Communications, Presentations, and Detail Oriented are the top soft skills shown in postings with communication skills showing up 56% of the time, presentations showing up 41% of the time, and detail orientation showing up 31% of the time in postings. 

When it comes to recruiting at DePaul specifically, remember the importance of completing your Handshake profile so employers can proactively reach out to you!. Check out this article on ways to woo a recruiter. Meet with your Technology & Design Career Advisor to make sure you are showcasing the skills and experiences employers are looking for. 


Updated: 6/12/2020

Given the rapid changes associated with the pandemic, we will be regularly sharing reporting trends in hiring sectors across the Chicagoland area in the Technology & Design career community. This week’s trends will focus on Database Administration & Network Support.

Main Takeaways

  • Database Administration & Network Support opportunities have dipped 11.4% compared to May 2019, however, the trends are changing daily and show sporadic decreases and increases. For example, on May 31, 2020  trends show a 0.3% decrease in postings compared to May 31, 2019, however, on June 1, 2020 trends show a 5% increase in postings compared to June 1, 2019. 
  • Opportunities for Systems Administrators, Network Engineers, Database Administrators have the most opportunities with 16,741 total open positions in the Chicagoland area.  
  • Employers, such as Dell Technologies, Fast Enterprises LLC, and Cisco are examples of top employers who reached out to DePaul students on Handshake within the last month. Make an appointment with your Technology & Design Career Advisor today to make sure your profile stands out to top employers!

According to EMSI, across the domain of Database Administration & Network Support, the number of active job postings dipped slightly from May 2019 to May 2020, however the trends are changing daily and show sporadic decreases and increases. Systems Administrator, Network Engineer, and Database Administrator roles lead the pack in the number of opportunities available. In sheer volume, the number of opportunities for System Administrators was 6,108 total positions in the Chicagoland area, followed by Network Engineers with 6,012 and Database Administrators with 4,621. It is also encouraging to note that 17% of openings in Database Administration & Network Support require 0-1 years of experience, which is great news for 2020 grads.

When it comes to recruiting at DePaul specifically, remember the importance of completing your Handshake profile so employers can proactively reach out to you!

  • Dell Technologies, Fast Enterprises LLC, and Cisco are examples of top employers who reached out to DePaul students on Handshake within the last month.
  • Additionally, there are over 900 employers with active postings who are looking to hire DePaul students right now!
  • Meet with your Technology & Design Career Advisor to make sure you are showcasing the skills and experiences employers are looking for. 

 

Tech Talk Interview Series: Careers in Data Science Recap

By: Lorne Bobren, Technology and Design Career Community Advisor

We recently spoke with four DePaul alumni all working in roles related to data science. The talk centered around their individual career pathways, what brought them to working with data, ways they stay on top of industry trends and how COVID-19 has impacted their industries and roles.

Panelists


  • Dorian Gray, Data Scientist/Statistician at Navistar
  • Matt Isaia, Electronic Resources Librarian at University of Saint Mary of the Lake
  • Sherry Wang, Senior Data Scientist at Cars.com
  • Brandon Allen, Senior Associate Director of Analytics at the University of Chicago

 

Resources Discussed


 

Full Interview


Who’s Hiring: Recruiting Trends in Technology & Design

COVID-19 has impacted nearly all industries across the United States economy. In the Tech & Design community (TD), many of the trends indicate a decline in hiring due to COVID-19; however, the trends in some sectors show continued hiring and others show increased demand. 

 

Big Tech Industry Continues to Hire


Big technology companies are still hiring. Facebook, Amazon, Google, and Apple are all hiring tech roles including engineers, data scientists, software designers, and cybersecurity experts. 

  • Facebook is hiring an additional 10,000 new workers this year, mostly in product design and software engineering. 
  • Google currently has over 3,000 open positions listed online. 
  • Amazon is looking to fill over 20,000 roles in technology.
  • Apple has listed new jobs in the past month including software engineers and product managers. 
  • Cisco Systems Inc. has pledged not to lay off any of its staff. 

 

Big Data & Network Security Jobs Are Still Growing


Before the pandemic, the data science industry was a growing sector of technology with a shortage of talent to fill these roles. The demand for data-oriented occupations and skill sets skyrocketed in 2019, with data engineers seeing a 50% increase in demand and data scientists seeing a 32% demand increase. While other sectors face layoffs, the Big Data & Data Analytics sectors are continuing to grow. 

  • Data Scientists growth expected.
  • The U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Agency reports that cybersecurity engineers, cybersecurity risk management jobs, and information technology staff are “essential for continued infrastructure viability.”
  • The sudden shift to remote and distance work created a dire need for cybersecurity professionals to secure networks, technology, and personnel activity. On LinkedIn alone, organizations posted 261,545 cybersecurity jobs that need to be filled.

 

Startups Hit Hard by COVID-19


In light of the pandemic, many startups have laid off all types of workers including recruiters, IT staff, and managers. 

  • According to startup exec Roger Lee, a total of 280 startups have laid off 21,609 employees since the coronavirus was declared a pandemic.
  • Lyft laid off nearly 1,000 workers.
  • Airbnb stopped hiring. 
  • Bird, an electric scooter startup, laid off 30% of its staff.
  • Toast, based in Boston, laid off  50% of its entire staff, 10% of which were based in Chicago.

 

Rise of Telemedicine & Tech in Healthcare


The pandemic has caused hospitals and doctors to think differently about how they serve patients. Many have embraced virtual doctor’s appointments through telemedicine. This rapid shift in medicine means more hospitals and doctors are hiring IT staff and telemedicine companies have increased job opportunities.

  • There is a demand for big data jobs in healthcare to help track COVID-19. 
  • Development of COVID-19 contact-tracing tool will need IT staff.
  • Increase in mobile health apps due to telehealth will require more IT workers.

 

For those within the TD community, it is more important than ever to stay current on industry trends and to ultimately follow the demand: track who’s hiring and who’s not and cater your search to those experiencing growth.

 

6 Non-Tech Roles at Most Tech Startups

By: Lorne Bobren, Technology & Design Career Community Advisor

A recent study by Glassdoor found that nearly half of all job openings at tech companies are for non-technical roles. So, if you are craving that startup environment but don’t know Python from PHP, that’s ok!

In looking at the job functions listed below, be aware that there is often crossover between different roles. For example, sometimes the title of Project Manager is used interchangeably with that of a Product Manager. Use these categories as broad entry points that will help you get started.

Business Development

Do you consider yourself a people person? There will always be a strong need for sales and business development in the startup community. This could mean brokering a deal with another business to make your company’s product more widely available or pursuing leads to connect with new clients.

  • Business development could encompass both inside sales (phone and email communication), along with outside sales (face-to-face meetings and networking)
  • A good salesperson doesn’t need to know how the product works, but they should know the product thoroughly in order to answer questions and alleviate potential concerns from a new client.

If you can build trust and personal relationships through your interactions, you’re well on your way to being successful in business development.

Product Management

A product manager is often in charge of designing the overall look of a product. Typical duties include:

  • Wireframing to mockup a product’s appearance,
  • Designing user flows or journey maps to show how an end user may move through a service or site
  • Communicating with engineers and designers to create updates
  • Collaborating with marketing to determine the best way to introduce a new product or updates to a customer

While a product manager won’t be the one doing the coding, they should be tech-savvy enough to understand the limitations and possibilities of what the software development team can do. 

Project Management

The project manager ensures accurate planning and forecasting throughout a product life cycle. They oversee the project to make certain that it comes in on time and on budget. They often act as a buffer between company executives and the development team. A good project manager knows how to oversee and communicate with multidisciplinary teams, manage resources, has excellent negotiation skills, and is proficient at strategic planning.

Customer Support/Account Management

Once new customers have been acquired, they are usually handed off to the customer support or account management team. Working in customer support means making sure that the client stays a client.

  • A good account manager (or customer support specialist, user evangelist, customer advocate, etc.) will frequently touch base with clients to ensure they are satisfied with their experience.
  • The account manager may also be involved in product training, troubleshooting, dealing with policy issues and collecting feedback.

Customer support staff play an integral role in improving a company’s product because they are the most in tune with customer needs, wants and concerns. They should also be intimately familiar with the product so that they can easily relay any information or help the customer is seeking.

Community Management

A community manager’s duties may vary by organization but their primary role is to help customers feel appreciated and connected to the product, the company, and each other. As the name implies, this person is responsible for growing and cultivating an organization’s community. This can be done via managing social media, creating blog content, organizing events, and motivating users to give feedback.

In a small company, both community management and customer support may be run by the same person.

Marketing and Public Relations

Marketing and PR overlap heavily, and they may be in the same department depending on the size of the company. Since a marketing budget in a startup will be much smaller than at a large firm, you’ll need to be strategic and creative. An expert marketer is also a strong writer who can put together engrossing and succinct ad copy. What’s key here is the ability to break down complicated ideas and technical jargon in ways that are easily digestible for your target audience. Marketing departments can help articulate essential questions for a tech firm: Who is your target audience? How does the product or service help them? Are they even aware they need it?

 

The Career Center will support you in a variety of ways including connecting you with employers through networking events and job fairs as well as providing individual career advising. Many students visit us for mock interview practice, feedback on resume and cover letter writing, and to ask questions about navigating the job search process. We can also help you explore how your interests, values, skills, and personality fit into different careers.

Schedule a career advising appointment on Handshake today!

4 Opportunities to Mingle with Top Recruiters This Winter

By: Tara Golenberke, marketing professional in the education industry, and former digital media & marketing manager at the DePaul Career Center

If one of your goals this year is to build a more career-ready you, here are upcoming events that will help you gain exposure to recruiters, learn about open positions and get noticed from top professionals.

Go kick butt this winter.

Careers in Technology
January 25  |  5-7 p.m.  |  DePaul Center, DePaul Club, 11th floor

Interested in exploring career paths with professionals in the technology industry? At this event, you will have the opportunity to gain insights into the tech trade and its career paths, and participate in round table discussions with representatives from Microsoft, Razorfish, Intel Security, Citigroup and more. Get the details, here.

Winter Internship Fair
February 10  |  10 a.m.-2 p.m.  |  Lincoln Park Student Center, 120AB

All DePaul students and alumni are welcome to participate in this career fair. Recruiters from multiple industries will be seeking qualified candidates for internships in a variety of capacities. Don’t miss this opportunity to connect with representatives from Blue Cross Blue Shield Association, CME Group, Hyatt Hotels, US Foods and others. Plan ahead and learn more.

Education Fair Consortium
March 1  |  3-6 p.m.  |  Lincoln Park Student Center, 120AB

DePaul is teaming up with the University of Illinois at Chicago and Loyola University to bring employers, schools and districts to our campus; these employers are seeking teachers, administrators, advisors and counselors for current and future openings in all areas and levels of education. Visit the event in March, and start networking with top representatives in education. Learn more, here.

Creative Job & Internship Fair
March 7  |  3-6 p.m.  |  DePaul Center, Concourse Level

This mini career fair presents a unique opportunity to network and connect with creative industry professionals and recruiters. At this event, you will learn about current and future full-time, part-time and internship positions. Students majoring in animation, design, cinema, journalism, marketing and music, to name a few, are encouraged to attend. Discover which employers will be attending by visiting Handshake.


The DePaul Career Center hosts career-related events, workshops and fairs all year long. Keep an eye on Handshake and be the first to know about upcoming career events on campus, and around Chicago.

DePaul Diaries: Life as a Software Intern

By: Renee Radzom, DePaul University graduate, former University Internship Program (UIP) assistant

DePaul Diaries is a day-in-the-life blog series written by DePaul students. The series unveils DePaulians’ experiences as interns in their field of choice. Students share their honest thoughts about their experiences, what they learned as an intern and advice for students who are interested in the same field.


This summer, Roy Harris, a fourth-year student majoring in computer science with a concentration in software engineering, found himself in his first full-time position managing and updating Allstate Insurance Company’s database as an application development intern. This internship experience gave Roy the chance to use his classroom knowledge in web design while gaining exposure to the business world.

“I have never taken a business class and have never worked in a business setting,” Roy said. “Through my internship, I have learned small things like how Outlook, an email provider, works and how to schedule meetings, to more over-arching aspects like office etiquette and how departments communicate with each other.”

One of the biggest things Roy gained from his experience was learning what it was like to work full-time at a large organization. Initially, Roy was hesitant about working at a Fortune 100 company, but his experience taught him not to listen to every stereotype he hears about big businesses.

“They put you on real projects doing real work,” Roy said. “It is not a ‘filling up coffee and busy work’ internship. It’s more like a 12-week job than a 12-week internship; you do basically the same things as entry-level positions.”

As a full-time employee there was always work to be done, but Roy enjoyed the busy atmosphere. “I have been working on a prototype for a redesign of a web application. It feels nice when I actually get a lot of work done on it and I can see the results.”

In addition to working on impactful projects, Roy also got the chance to participate in fun team-building activities, including competing in a company Olympics, attending a minor league baseball game, participating in community service at a campsite, and assisting in the making of Allstate’s “Mayhem” commercials.

Roy networked his way into this position through DePaul’s Career Center, and would advise prospective interns to attend as many job and internship fairs as possible.

“My biggest advice: don’t search by yourself,” Roy stated. “Go to DePaul’s internship and career fairs. It could not be simpler; walk around, schmooze it up, and hand out some resumes. Make sure to follow through, don’t just hand them a resume and assume they will contact you. You need to take the initiative.”


Want to learn about DePaul’s University Internship Program? Check it out, here, or send inquiries to UIP@depaul.edu. Need help finding an internship? Visit depaul.joinhandshake.com, or come into DePaul’s Career Center to meet with an advisor.