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Developers Always in Demand

Although demand for skills such as "software development" or "developer" has grown modestly year-over-year, this is a huge category, said Hill. She added that hiring managers want candidates with a full "understanding of the software development lifecycle."Skill: Software development or developerSkill requests as of Oct. 1: 14,616Growth from a year earlier: +7 percent

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Assuring Quality

More development means a greater need for quality assurance, or making sure a project, product or service meets standards or other requirements, Hill explained. QA is another large category that is growing modestly.Skill: QA/Quality AssuranceSkill requests as of Oct. 1: 9,355Growth from a year earlier: +5 percent

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Python Gets Around

On the open-source front, Dice cited continued robust demand for Python, a versatile programming language that is showing strong growth in recent years.Skill: PythonSkill requests as of Oct. 1: 3,775Growth from a year earlier: +28 percent

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SOAP Listings Up

Also at record monthly levels is SOAP, which originally stood for Simple Object Access Protocol. It's a simple XML-based messaging protocol to let applications exchange information over HTTP.Skill: SOAPSkill requests as of Oct. 1: 3,216Growth from a year earlier: +12 percent

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Going Virtual

Demand for virtualization also reached a record level. "Virtualization is a category we started looking at three or four years ago. It's still hitting an all-time high," Hill said.Skill: VirtualizationSkill requests as of Oct. 1: 2,691Growth from a year earlier: +12 percent

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Ruby on Rails Picks Up Speed

Neck-in-neck with Python in terms of year-over-year growth in demand is Ruby on Rails, an open-source framework for database-related Web development.Skill: Ruby on RailsSkill requests as of Oct. 1: 2,404Growth from a year earlier: +28 percent

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Android's Upward Mobility

With the world going mobile, demand for Android skills hit an all-time high, up 33 percent from a year earlier. Though requests for iOS skills did not reach a record level, they were up 69 percent. Both Android and iOS have essentially the same number of job postings, about 2,200, on any given day. Skill: AndroidSkill requests as of Oct. 1: 2,204Growth from a year earlier: +33 percent

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JBoss Takes Charge

Here's another one for the open-source camp: JBoss. On Dice's list with nearly 2,000 postings a day is JBoss, an application server that implements the Java Platform, Enterprise Edition (Java EE).Skill: JBossSkill requests as of Oct. 1: 1,976Growth from a year earlier: +10 percent

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Securing Data

Information security is a priority for enterprises of all sizes, and tech pros play a key role in preventing data breaches.Skill: Information SecuritySkill requests as of Oct. 1: 1,916Growth from a year earlier: +26 percent

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Demand for Microsoft Dynamics Application Skills

Microsoft is aiming its Dynamics suite at small and midsize businesses in addition to large enterprises. By the end of 2012, Microsoft said it would update a sizable portion of its business-application portfolio. Its plans include bringing Dynamics to the cloud.Skill: MS DynamicsSkill requests as of Oct. 1: 1,581Growth from a year earlier: +10 percent

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Openings for Windows 7

Demand remains at record levels for Windows 7 skills, even though Microsoft will soon release Windows on Oct. 26. When requests for Windows 8 skills surpass that of Windows 7 will be anyone's guess. Dice doesn't make predictions.Skill: Windows 7Skill requests as of Oct. 1: 1,161Growth from a year earlier: +33 percent

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