Whether you’re hiring a programmer or learning to code, knowing which languages are topping the charts and which skills are the most sought-after will give you a valuable insight into where you should be concentrating your efforts.
Learning a programming language, students are told today, is the route to a successful and lucrative career. The trouble comes when trying to choose a language. There are so many and they’re not all made equal when it comes to finding jobs – or, indeed, for employers finding staff.
Highly popular languages are typically more versatile than less popular niche languages, and basing a project on a popular language means finding new staff is easier.
Those looking for programming jobs will likely find themselves performing a test, and an analysis by CodeEval suggests that Python – a popular language in education – is by far the most popular in that context.
Knowledge of which is the most popular language must be tempered with an understanding of which is the most suitable for a given task, however, particularly when hiring staff. With many companies turning to mobile app development, a different picture emerges: Vision Mobile reports that the popularity of Apple’s iOS platform has resulted in 180,000 iOS-related jobs in the UK alone, and these require quite a different language profile.
Technology projects don’t rely on languages alone, of course. Staff are required to have various skills. In its 2015 Jobs Report, the Linux Foundation discovered that the open-source operating system was in high demand with 97 per cent of hiring managers looking for knowledge of the platform. Other sought-after skills include knowledge of cloud computing platforms, while a developer survey from Stack Overflow suggested that knowing Git, more than any other version control system, would stand a job-seeker in good stead.
When it comes to programming, as in life, companies and prospective employees alike should carefully consider their choice of language.