Want a job in Silicon Valley? Apply to these universities
Silicon Valley tech companies, such as Google, look at which colleges and universities their job candidates come from when hiring. Source: Shutterstock

The advantages of working in Silicon Valley are well-known – big pay, great perks and genius minds for company.

If you plan to join the well-heeled employee clubs of some of the world’s most powerful companies there, it may be handy to think about where you are planning to go to school.

HiringSolved’s new report titled 2017’s Most Wanted Tech Employee analysed more than 10,000 public profiles of tech workers hired or promoted in 2016 until February 2017. The aim is to give a first-hand view of which skills and education backgrounds are most in demand in the technology job market.

Apart from wanting graduates with Python and Java skills (the top two most-wanted new grad skills), the companies are also looking at the applicants’ education backgrounds, particularly, which colleges and universities they come from.

These are the top 10 universities the biggest companies in Silicon Valley love hiring from:

1. University of California, Berkeley 

2. Stanford University 

3. Carnegie Mellon University

4. University of Southern California

5. The University of Texas at Austin 

6. Georgia Institute of Technology

7. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

8. San Jose State University

9. University of California, San Diego

10. Arizona State University

While the top 10 skills most-wanted by Silicon Valley tech companies are:

  • Python
  • C++
  • Java
  • Algorithms
  • Matlab
  • Verilog
  • JavaScript
  • Linux
  • HTML
  • Gem5

In addition of mastering the most-wanted skills and graduating from the desired colleges, HiringSolved co-founder and CEO Shon Burton said their research suggests “Silicon Valley is looking for a strong fundamental understanding of the basics of technology in their new hires.”

“Often what separates say, a good engineer from a great one, is a knack for understanding the baseline ‘how’s’ and ‘why’s’ of how things work – the physics of the technology.”

“Having a deeper, more well-rounded comprehension makes a great engineer because they’re thinking creatively and when the technique fails, they have the ability to fix the issue.

“This is the key to a desirable Silicon Valley job candidate.”


Now you know how you can get prepped for that US$133,000 annual pay and nap pods for your midday siesta at Google!

Good luck!

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