How is the ColdFusion Job Market?

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Even the most optimistic ColdFusion guru has to admit that the glory days of the CF market are long gone. ColdFusion is no longer in high demand and is often off the radar when developers and analysts are constructing new systems. However, further integration and use by Adobe’s suite of platforms and applications are a critical and strong lifeline for the aging server side programming language. So my question: is pursuing a ColdFusion career worthwhile?

What is the best career path to take as an entry-level programmer? Is switching technologies in your career worthwhile? How do career opportunities in ColdFusion stack up to PHP, ASP, and other web technologies?

To examine these questions, I did searches on popular job database sites like Monster and CareerBuilder. Here is what I found:

keyword/qualification

ASP

PHP

ColdFusion

Java

jobs found*

> 4694

> 2755

405

> 7971

*Monster.com only denoted "> 1000" jobs found for results over 1000.

These search results were for the entire United States, and, in theory, reflect the job markets for the respective technologies. Obviously, there is some overlap in these results via cross-requirement (jobs may want both technology x and technology y) and cross-site (same job on both Monster and CareerBuilder), but they should give an accurate comparison of the job markets. From these results, we can clearly see that there is not much demand for ColdFusion programmers. Although we cannot assume that the results from Monster and CareerBuilder are exhaustive of all the job opportunities in the US, it is clear that the demand is low with only 405 results coming up from both sites combined.

However, like any market, we could have either excess supply (programmers) or excess demand (jobs). With the work shifting more focus to non-ColdFusion platforms, the programmers also followed suit. So now, the question is, what is the supply of ColdFusion programmers in relation to jobs? If the exodus to other languages was large enough, the ColdFusion market may be in dire need of programmers; thus, making the price for these programmers go up. Unfortunately, I was unable to find any comparative salary information. Let me know how via comments how you think ColdFusion is really doing.

About the Author:
Michael Marr is a staff writer for WebProNews