A Rundown of the Top 7 In-Demand Programming Languages
Programming used to be a skill reserved for only those who could afford long and costly degree programs, but no longer. There are plenty of DIY tools out there these days for learning how to program, many of which can be leveraged in conjunction with your own skills to open the doors to exciting and lucrative careers in software development.
To help you get a grasp on which languages will help you most in this goal, we’ve compiled a list (with some help from StackOverflow’s 2017 Developer Survey) of which languages will open the doors to long-term, successful careers as software developers.
Python is a common all-purpose language that’s often learned early in a developer’s career, and for good reason—it offers a great blend of technical efficiency and accessibility. It’s high-level, easy to comprehend, and emphasizes code readability. Python is used by about 32 percent of developers, and demand is increasing. Check it out.
A newer language for iOS and macOS apps, Swift is fast-growing and lucrative, making it a great contender for our list. The above survey found that Swift has ranked consistently high in the “most loved languages” category over the past few years, with Urgenci’s own recruiters agreeing that native iOS developers have no trouble finding jobs—and getting paid well for their trouble.
Ruby is a well-known and well-loved programming language. Billed as “a programmer’s best friend,” Ruby is a high-level language known for its intuitive style and accessibility.
The language’s premier platform, Ruby on Rails, is itself a popular choice for many startups and smaller organizations, so it’s ideal for developers who want to get in on the ground floor of an organization. However, it’s less popular than many others on this list (only 9 percent of developers know it), so be aware that job availability may be limited.
It’s simple. It’s readable. It’s Java.
With nearly 40 percent of developers using Java in some form, the language is well-represented in the business market. All native Android apps are built with Java, and a surprising number of Fortune 500 companies use Java as a server-side language for backend development. It offers great prospects for the near future, and while it’s a bit old-fashioned compared to some of the newer options on this list, it’s still a fairly ubiquitous language that’s not going anywhere any time soon.
Haven’t heard of Rust? You’re not alone. It’s a newer language that’s making waves in the developer community for one reason: They love it.
Rust ranked higher than any other language in StackOverflow’s “most loved languages” category, and it also ranks comparatively high in overall pay scale. However, the drawback is that the language is typically used by seasoned developers, and opportunities could be hard to find.
R is only used by 4.5 percent of developers. It’s ranked average in likeability, and job openings are slim. So why are we talking about it?
Because R is the preferred programming language for a fast-evolving niche: Data science. As recruiters, we have a front row seat to the growth of data scientist roles in tech and the continual evolution of the industry. As such, programming languages like R will increase in demand accordingly.
Building Your Professional Skillset
If you have an aptitude for logic and computing, a career in software development is within your reach. Take stock of your own professional skills and whether you can augment them with some programming courses. It’s a long road—but with the right support and resources, you can find a job that you’ll love, that pays well, and that will always be in demand.