Demand for open source programmers is expected to remain high in 2010, according to a report by the San Francisco Chronicle which ranked the top 10 IT jobs for this year.
Open source specialist ranked number five.
"We are seeing a ton of demand for skills around open source technologies and frameworks. Demand for Python, Ruby on Rails and PHP development skills far exceeds the number of people available with skills," said Michael Kirven, co-founder and principal of IT resource firm Bluewolf, in a Network World interview.
Data from employment site Dice.com supports the need for more open source developers.
Dice's Senior Vice President Tom Silver said that at the end of last year there were about 1,000 job openings for open source skills and "we expect open source technologies are an area employers will be looking to hire."