New Job Titles Show APIs Moving Mainstream

Adam DuVander
Aug. 05 2010, 02:41PM EDT

Just about every web developer must now be comfortable at least consuming APIs, if not creating them. This trend now shows itself in job titles including "API" and "mashup," and more often in the requirements and experience section of job listings.

Consider growth in the number of mashup jobs listed on job search site Indeed. Then compare it to the trends we noted in early 2007.

Some recent examples:

At a time when marketers are discovering APIs, it's safe to say the interest in moving beyond developers. But it's still a highly technical requirement, which means those with the skills are in demand. Just look at the glut of job listings for Amazon Web Services.

Adam DuVander Hi! I'm Developer Communications Director for SendGrid and former Executive Editor of ProgrammableWeb. I currently serve as a Contributing Editor. If you have API news, or are interested in writing for ProgrammableWeb, please contact Though I'm a fan of anything API-related, my particular interest is in mapping. I've published a how-to book, Map Scripting 101, to get anyone started making maps on websites. In a not-so-distant past life I wrote for Wired and Webmonkey.