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Job Stats, Indeed

Posted by kito75 on April 4, 2006 at 11:04 AM PDT

So, I recently ran across an excellent job search site called It's one of these hip new vertical search engines, with a focus on jobs, of course. One of Indeed's best features is its Job Trends graph. Type in a search term, and you get a graph of the percentage of matching job posts since March 1st of last year. Indeed can even compare multiple terms on the same graph.

Since I'm pretty heavily immersed in the world of Java web frameworks, I had to run the following query:

((jsf and java) or "javaserver faces" or "java server faces"), ruby on rails, tapestry and java, webwork

(Since JSF also stands for "Joint Strike Fighter", you have to qualify it :-)).

Here are the results:

So, what does this tell us? JSF is doing pretty well, thank you much. And Ruby on Rails? It's growing extremely fast. Note that just about any graph will show a dip at the beginning of the year.

So, what about Struts and JSF?

((jsf and java) or "javaserver faces" or "java server faces"), struts

Inertia is a powerful thing.

And what about all of these other frameworks like Wicket and Rife:

wicket and java, rife and java

It's a different order of magnitude, but it's interesting to see that there are jobs that actually mention Wicket and Rife.

What's important to note is that job postings often contain multiple terms. For example, if you search for rife and java today, the same job shows up from three different sources with the JSP, JSF, Struts, Spring, Tiles, and Rife all included as "Java based technologies".

So, let's compare this to "java", and just pretend that the postings aren't about the coffee or the island:

Note that we're now getting into the single digits -- finally. And what about other languages?

java, c#, c++, perl, visual basic

Let's look at a few languages with smaller percentages:

delphi, ruby, python

It's too bad Borland killed off Delphi (figuratively).

Fun stuff, indeed.