Android experience becoming asset for many new hires

If you’re skilled with Android, it might be time to update your resume.

Read Write Web is reporting that Android, now the number one mobile OS in the U.S., and number two globally, is becoming an in-demand skill set for employees. The information comes from oDesk, a global hiring website.

In oDesk’s latest Online Employment Report, which examines aggregated data from its platform of over 57,000 jobs, “Android” as a skill set moved up 70 spots (+70 YoY) since the previous report last October when it was ranked at #110. It’s now listed at the 40th most in-demand skill. iPhone meanwhile, at #23, has not changed positions in the rankings. (For what it’s worth PHP, HTML, English, CSS and SEO are the top five skills).

Says oDesk’s marketing and communications manager, Erica Benton, the change reflects a general trend in which employers are seeking those with the ability to work on mobile applications, but it also reflects the momentum of the Android platform specifically. “The launch of the Android Market, and the easy access to mobile applications it provides to millions of users has made developing for the platform very attractive to businesses of all sizes,” she said.

It’ll be interesting to see if this changes with the release of the Windows phone — Windows and Microsoft have always positioned themselves as the platform for business, but maybe they’re too late to the party when it comes to the mobile side of things. Who knows, though, maybe Android is just sort of a byword to employers for mobile skills.

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