This should not be a shock… Millennials and Gen X’ers are looking for different kinds of tech jobs and skills to do it. Surely being in different places of their career, interests, free time, families and finances play a part in it. What is interesting to me is seeing some data about it. Some apples to apples to comparison.
A couple of months ago Indeed had Older and Younger Workers Seek Different Tech Jobs and as usual I am attracted to some data, finding trends, testing if what I think is true or is not.
Job posts by age:
Job seekers ages 21 - 39 Job seekers ages 40 - 64
Java Developer Vice President of Information Technology
Machine Learning Engineer Director of Information Technology
Data Scientist Chief Engineer
Front End Developer Director of Product Management
Android Developer Director of Quality Assurance
Computer Vision Engineer IT Manager
Python Developer IT Project Manager
Web Developer Lead Architect
FPGA Engineer IT Architect
Skills in job posts by age
Job seekers ages 21 – 39 Job seekers ages 40 - 64
Machine Learning Coaching
Angular JS Project Management
CSS Technical Support
C or C++ Microsoft IIS
Object Oriented Programming SAP
Rest Employee Orientation
Apache Spark PowerShell
I’m not surprised that younger tech workers are generally interested in coding jobs while older workers in senior and management roles.
I have noticed the past few months a number of Gen X senior leaders posting about picking up, what is to them, new coding skills. I hope this trend continues as there are seemingly fewer senior roles… managers and directors have larger teams making for fewer leadership roles. And I think about Gen X technologists staying relevant in the tech scene both for them to continue their career and to grow the numbers in the community.
It will also be interesting to see if the Millenials go towards Manager, Director and CxO roles or wanting to continue to be coders and makers.
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