As a leader in IT solutions for both government and industry, Marathon TS always keeps an eye on what’s happening across every sector we touch. And what good are the power and knowledge that come with leadership if you can’t share them? As fall approaches and the government’s fiscal year comes to a close, here are some of the primary drivers and trends we’ve seen taking shape. Kevin Davis, Vice President and 9 Year Veteran of Marathon TS, had these thoughts to share.

Although the year is ending with a federal budget deficit exceeding $1 trillion, we’re not too surprised to see that government-funded projects have really been picking up. We’ve witnessed a large number of projects being greenlit. Where we’ve seen the most spikes in the past quarter has been in Java and web-based developer openings. The Tiobe index still lists Java as the programming world’s most popular language. However, current trends show that Python is quickly gaining ground. The index predicts Python will claim the No. 1 spot by 2023. Microsoft’s recent efforts, like the release of free tutorial courses and Python support for VS Code’s editor, are large drivers behind this trend.

Both the government and industry have seen dramatic increases in the salaries being requested by cybersecurity professionals. This is especially true for talent who have a government clearance of any kind and/or a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) certification. The primary reason for this— as always—is that the demand is far greater than the supply. The word is finally getting out about the importance of cybersecurity.

Year after year, we’ve seen similar increases in salary demands from cleared Helpdesk and Desktop professionals. This goes all the way back to the trends that started after the Pentagon’s Joint Personnel Adjudication System (JPAS) was hacked in 2014. In fact, a lot of these staffing trends are nothing new in the No. 1 state in the country for businesses. Yet, a dynamic FY2020 will surely hold a great amount of progress for us all.