On Thursday, Google (NSDQ: GOOG) announced that the size of its workforce had dropped for the first time in its 11-year history. But during the company's earnings call, CFO Patrick Pichette said it is still hiring in "critical areas." So what are those areas?
We perused Google's job listings to find out (it was no easy feat, mind you: the company, the leader in search, offers no good way to do advanced searches of its openings).
Seventy percent of the company's 185 job openings in the United States are in software engineering and engineering operationshardly a big shocker. But Google is also still hiring in some support areas. For instance, it has two openings for its employee child-development program (one for a teacher and another for an operations manager). In the ad for the operations manager, Google says it is "expanding its employee child-development program by opening a high-quality center in the Mountain View area." (The search giant is also looking for managers for its shuttle-bus system and food-services supply chain.)
But also interesting is what's not listedor barely listed. Product management/product marketing and user experience are significant areas for Googlebut the company has a total of just six jobs available in those areas combined.
By Joseph Tartakoff