Strong Growth for Ruby on Rails Developers

Since its launch in December 2005, Ruby on Rails has become the Web application framework of choice for a wide variety of consumer-facing companies. According to one estimate, over 600,000 websites are now running on Ruby on Rails, threatening Java’s dominance. That’s all good news for RoR developers.

Ruby on Rails logoGrowth Generated Across Sectors

“From a macro perspective, Ruby continues to be in really strong demand,” says Doug Schade, principal consultant at WinterWyman Technology Search in Boston. “Last year we did a study of our own searches and found that 10 percent of our roles were Ruby-based, and this year it’s already 15 percent. So we’re on track for continued growth.”

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Schade thinks the need is driven by Boston’s robust startup sector, as well as the continued strength of the city’s small- and medium-sized companies. He’s observed the same response to RoR from employers in New York and beyond.

Matt Brosseau, director of information technology at Chicago consultant Instant Technology, says that not only are more people asking for RoR skills, but the need is crossing industries. “A couple years ago it was mostly Web development shops and places that kind of solved customized software solutions,” he says. “But nowadays I have financial firms and security firms reach out, as well as healthcare organizations. I even had an auto salvage dealership looking for Ruby people.”

Complimentary Tool Kit

Brosseau has noticed a critical need for developers with a good grasp of Web standards and a strong knowledge of HTML5 and CSS 4. “They tend to be pretty applicable since all of the applications have to (a) be responsive and (b) be seen through a website.”

The biggest trend in tools that Schade sees regards JavaScript front-end frameworks. “The most highly in-demand Rubyist is one who can couple their skills with AngularJS, Backbone.js or Ember.js,” he says. On the database side, he sees a demand for coupling RoR with MySQL and PostgreSQL.

High Pay

Ruby developers get paid well. In Chicago, Brosseau sometimes finds it a challenge to fill full-time positions because the money is too good to pass up as a freelancer. “A lot of the consultants can command $100 an hour, or working through an agency as a full-fledged contractor we’re seeing salaries from $150,000 to $175,000,” he says.

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  1. BY Walter says:

    Its not the certifications that both me. I’ll do them. Its the Money, folks. These certs are not cheap. You have to decide tires for the car, brakes or certs.

    The money is just not there!. Employers seem to be pushing this chore onto employees. I don’t hear BMW, Nissan, et. al. doing this. Seems everything is shoved back to the employee. I saw quite and expose on PBS last night (KLRU in Austin where I live) and it proved when employees have voting rights, equal power to the owners, the company damn well prospers – big time. Every employee has one vote. Not I realize someone has to call the shots but this is great example that its moving from bottom-up, not top down. We would be on a ‘Certifications Treadmill’ for management. They applaud while its coming out of our money. Something has to give.

    Suggestions?

    Walt Roper
    Austin, TX (Aboretum)
    University of Illinois

    wrope2@uis.edu

    roperw4@gmail.com

    512-203-1751

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