If you’re looking for a job in finance, highlight your programming skills and steer clear of equities, foreign exchange and consultancy. Those sectors are in decline, according to job postings on eFinancialCareers, while jobs in wealth management, compliance and quantitative analytics are up year-over-year.

For the year ended September 1, postings for jobs in wealth management rose 55%, while those in compliance and quantitative analytics rose by 32% and 30%, respectively. The number of postings for jobs in equities dropped by 50%, while those in foreign exchange and consultancy dropped by 45% and 39%, respectively.

The skill most in demand by recruiters: programming languages and databases. These include expertise in C, Java, C++, C#, Python and Javascript, among others. The adoption of high-speed, algorithm-based trading has firms in desperate need of candidates with a strong background in C, Java and SQL programming, among other software specialties.

“It’s a fair statement to say that IT has grown dramatically

[in recent years],” said Steve Saah, director of permanent placement services at executive search firm Robert Half. “There are too many positions and not enough people with the skill-set.”

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