Top Remote Tech Skills Employers Will Be Looking for in 2021 

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2020 changed a lot, and with the rise of remote work, there was a shift in the most valuable skills employers are looking for. Is 2021 going to be different, and what skills would employers need to complete their projects? What specialists would be most sought-after to complete their growing teams? 

Even with the COVID-19 pandemic, employers are currently hiring technologies to work remotely full-time. What roles are they looking for? 

These are all important questions that need their answer, and to find that, Burning Glass has collected and analyzed millions of job postings. The data says that companies are mainly looking for software engineers and developers, followed by business analysts, program managers, and network architects/engineers. 

So whether you are an engineer, an analyst, a project manager, or another type of tech specialist, it is most likely that a company is looking for you and needs your skills. And the best thing is that not only are companies hiking for various jobs, but they will want you to do your job from home as the trend for remote working will continue throughout 2021 and most probably beyond that. 

Here are the top remote skills employers are looking for currently and in the foreseeable future. 

In the Burning Glass analysis, it is clear that currently, employers are looking for remote tech specialists with knowledge of some of the most popular programming languages – these include Python, Java, and JavaScript. 

Professionals with software project management skills are also in demand – in the top remote skills employers are looking for, you can find software development, project management, software engineering skills, and DevOps in some of the top places of the chart. 

This is an encouraging indicator because it means that these employers that are looking for programming and management skills are focused on their long-term tech growth. Rather than trying to readjust their tech stacks to get used to the new work from home environment – like it was earlier in 2020, at the end of 2020, employers are now fully back to business. 

Most Sought-After Remote Tech Skills

  • SQL
  • Project Management
  • Software Development
  • Java
  • Python
  • JavaScript
  • Software Engineering
  • Linux
  • DevOps
  • Quality Assurance and Control
  • Oracle
  • Business Process
  • Scrum
  • Git
  • Technical Support
  • Microsoft C#
  • Data Analysis
  • Atlassian JIRA
  • Business Analysis
  • SQL Server

And when it comes to the employers, currently, the biggest drivers of remote tech employment are the healthcare and defense industries – no wonder, given the current situation. Healthcare is a massive industry, especially in the times of a global pandemic, and defense is constantly hiring and in need of tech specialists. Because of the growing need for remote-learning platforms for educators and students, education tech is picking up, and the trend is expected to continue.