What skill sets do you need to earn more?

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In the 2015 Skill Up Survey, Packt talked to more than 20,000 people who work in IT globally to identify what skills are valued in technical roles and what trends are changing and emerging. More than 6,000 of those worked in Web Development and provided us with some great insight into how skills are rated across multiple industries, job roles and experience levels.

The world of web development constantly changes, and can be highly competitive, so we wanted to find out what industries are best for those just entering the market. We also discovered which technologies are proving to be most popular, where can you earn the best salaries and what skills you need to get that pay rise.

We segmented our respondees into different types of developers and now know which developers are earning the highest average salaries, and which type of developers come second. We also know who earns the least, but at just under a $60k salary average, it’s still a great market to go into!

If you’re about to move into your first role in Web Development our report can tell you which industry pays the most for those with less experience. Should you go for a role in Entertainment/Media, Government, Health or Finance?

At the other end of the scale, those who have the longest experience tend to move into consulting, although the Government sector has its fair share of longer term experience, which is not all that surprising. Our survey results also gave an indication of where those in the middle of their career are employed. So what will be your next move?

We wanted to test some assumptions as well. Such as:

  • Is Angular 2.0 about to take over?
  • How valuable is it to be a full stack developer?
  • Are emerging economies taking a slice of the web pie?

As expected, some of the results surprised us, and some confirmed that certain skills are becoming crucial to maintaining salary levels during your career.

In terms of what technology skills you need to either enter the market or build on your experience, the top technologies are JavaScript, AngularJS and Python, so you’ll need to make sure you’re on top of these skill sets.

Read the rest of the report to see what skills you need to build on and which technologies are poised to take web development by storm so you can get ahead of the competition.

Click here to download the full report


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