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.
Some recent examples:
- Mashup software provider JackBe has a listing for an Enterprise Mashup Engineer (which strangely includes no mention of "API")
- A Fortune 500 company wants an API Technical Writer, showing the importance of Documentation
- In June we covered the new job requirement: experience building RESTful APIs
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.