RALEIGH – In the Triangle, employers are still seeking technology workers with all but one company tracked by the WRAL TechWire Jobs Report hiring for at least one opening as of Monday morning.  What are the skills most needed?

A new report from the North Carolina Technology Association, NC TECH, identified the roles that are most in demand.

The roles that could be most in demand entering 2023 include:

  • Senior software engineers
  • Project managers
  • Java developers
  • Data engineers
  • Network engineers
  • Technical leads
  • Devops engineers

Most needed credentials are:

  • Security clearance
  • Certified Information Systems Security Professional
  • Secret security clearance
  • Top Secret Sensitive Compartmented Information
  • Certified Scrum Master
  • Cisco Certified Network Associate
  • Certified Information Security Manager
  • Certified Information Systems Auditor
  • SCI Clearance
  • Project Management Institute

In addition, the most recent NC TECH report found there were nearly 10,000 job postings for IT roles based in Raleigh, an increase of 3% from a year ago, and nearly 3,000 open roles in Durham and Chapel Hill.  Overall, there were about the same number of job advertisements in the two Triangle metropolitan statistical area in December 2022 as there were in December 2021, according to the report.

Tech employment in NC is still growing despite economic challenges, report finds

Moreover, there’s reason to believe that job growth will continue in 2023, said Fleming, even during economic uncertainty.

“North Carolina maintains a strong economic position headed into 2023,” said Fleming, noting that the state was recently ranked first in the nation for business, due to robust capital investment and job creation numbers.

Who’s hiring in the Triangle?

Companies continue to post job ads and hire new workers, even as North Carolina workers continue to be concerned that the layoffs sweeping across the tech sector might begin to hit their companies.

And there’s still opportunity for workers in the state, and in the Triangle, as more than 3,400 jobs are posted across 50 of the region’s most well-known employers.

According to the latest report, 18 of the companies tracked by the WRAL TechWire Jobs Report are hiring for more positions now than they were a month ago. That includes firms like IBM, which is now hiring for more than two dozen positions that could be based in the area, as well as Thermo Fisher Scientific, which has more than doubled the number of jobs advertised compared to a month ago.  Eli Lilly, too, is hiring for more positions than they were a month ago.  And gaming companies Red Storm and Insomniac Games are looking to hire workers in the region.

The latest data show that these 50 employers are currently hiring for 3,437 open positions. That’s a drop of 1.04% compared to the number of job openings a month ago, and a slight decrease from last week’s analysis.