What Engineering Roles Are Most in Demand At Startups?

I was just reading over StackOverflow’s 2017 Developer survey. As it turns out there were some surprising findings.

One that stood out was databases. In the media, one hears more and more about NoSQL databases like Cassandra, Dynamo & Firebase. Despite all that MySQL seems to remain the most popular database by a large margin. Legacy indeed!

What Engineering Roles Are Most in Demand At Startups

Most Demanding Engineering Roles at Startups

Here are the engineering roles that are most in demand at startups:

1. Databases

MySQL is still the most popular db by a large margin 56%. Followed by SQL Server 39%, SQLite 27%, and Postgres 27%.

Related: Is Amazon too big to fail?

2. Most Popular Language

Javascript sits at number one for Web developers, sysadmins & Data Scientists alike. Followed by SQL.

Read: Are SQL Databases dead?

3. Most Popular Framework

Node.js at 47%. It’s followed by AngularJS at 44%.

Also: 5 ways to move data to Amazon Redshift

4. Most Loved Database

Redis sits at number one here at 65%, followed by Postgres & Mongo.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

What Is the Role of A Startup Engineer?

The primary role of a startup engineer is software testing. They also collaborate with business users, data scientists, project managers, and quality assurance teams to examine software, code, requirements, system risks, and software reliability.

How Many Engineers at A Startup?

A company is required at least a team of five Software Engineers to launch a startup. While it is possible for a single qualified engineer to write a good piece of code for a startup launch, having a team of five or more engineers ensures a more efficient process and a higher chance of success.


To conclude, the most in-demand engineering roles at startups are in databases, with MySQL. JavaScript is the most popular language, Node.js is the most popular framework, and Redis is the most loved database. We hope you’ve found this guide helpful in learning about these roles. Thanks for reading!

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