Skip to comments.THE BEST PAYING AND MOST IN-DEMAND PROGRAMMING LANGUAGES IN 2020
Posted on 09/21/2020 8:58:19 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
At Code Platoon, we track national demand for programming languages so that our Veterans and military spouses are trained with the best tools for a career in software development. When youre deciding which programming language to learn, the following demand-based insights complement a much broader strategy.
We first wrote a version of this article in 2018, which can be found here.
This article attempts to answer which programming languages command the highest salaries and are most frequently targeted in job postings.
We updated the statistics for 2020, and here are our primary findings:
To answer our questions, we conducted simple searches on Indeed.com, one of the largest job listing sites.
For the question of compensation, we started by searching for the top 15 most popular languages in a recent Stack Overflow survey and mapped the average salary for job listings with those languages. For demand, we tracked the number of total job postings targeting those same languages.
Python: This coding language holds the #1 position in both surveys. Python is an interpreted, multi-purpose programming language. It is often used to build web applications and seeing exploding growth due to its use in data science, machine learning, cybersecurity, and dev ops.
C++: Once a premier top-level programming language and now used primarily in gaming and high-performance applications, C++ stands at #5 in Average Salary and #5 in Job Postings. The common and useful language C++ was designed for application and systems programming. Since its creation, its often been used for office applications, games, and advanced graphics. C++ is very fast and stable, but difficult to learn relative to the other languages in this list (except possibly C).
Java: Integral to large-scale legacy business applications and gaining new relevance through its adoption by Google for Android, Java drops to #3 in Job Postings and #3 in Average Salary. Originally developed by Oracle, Java is extremely popular because it can be used for mobile, web, and desktop app development, and more. Reasonably stable and fast, it is very popular at the enterprise level.
C#: Similar to Java with Android, C# maintains a solid user base through its adoption in the Unity gaming engine, standing at #6 in Job Postings, and #6 in Average Salary. C# was specifically designed by Microsoft as a competitor to Java. Often used to build desktop apps and video games, as well as web apps, C# remains very popular in the enterprise. It runs on Microsofts .NET platform.
PHP: The language that powers WordPress, PHP is #8 in Job Postings and #8 in Average Salary. PHP is a general-purpose scripting language used for the development of web applications. One of the earliest languages for web development (released in 1995), it remains widely popular today.
C: C is one of the oldest and most widely used programming languages in the world, and holds #4 in Average Salary, and #9 in Job Postings. It is used to program everything from operating systems to hardware. What makes this language so difficult to learn is in part why it is so powerful: a lot of concepts that are hidden to users in scripting languages like Python, Ruby, and even Java are exposed in C, so that the programmer has more flexibility and complexity available.
SQL: SQL (or Structured Query Language) is the standard language for relational database management systems. It ranks #8 in Average Salary and #2 in Job Postings. SQL is not exactly a programming language, but rather it is a query language, which allows users to draw information from databases.
If youre looking for more information on the usefulness of various programming languages, the TIOBE Index and Stack Overflow provide two of the most authoritative reports. Both reports consider industry demand as well as additional perspectives and incorporate different approaches in determining the usefulness of programming languages.
If I were a programmer, I’d probably prefer to be maintaining some ancient language that entire city is dependent on me maintaining. Those languages never die.
Coding sucks! Learn Physical Sciences.
I thought I was succeeding in moving away from COBOL programming at my old job. Then Y2K came around, and I was put on that team, and they didn’t know what to do with me after. The group I might have worked with had moved on without me.
it is... An evil I must live with.
I found it is a difficult as teaching a rattlesnake to fetch. Drove me crazy.
COBOL and Fortran live on.
Meh, I still code in 0s and 1s.
It pays more to manage programmers.
Java was developed by Sun Microsystems.
Pretty much makes me question the legitimacy of this article right off the bat.
REXX, Object REXX
It pays more to manage programmers.
“Manage programmers”. That ain’t ever gonna happen!
Wouldn’t want to work around programmers. They’re all flamming libs and are goofy
>>> If I were a programmer, Id probably prefer to be maintaining some ancient language that entire city is dependent on me maintaining. Those languages never die.
I have 14 years in Sys370 mainframe assembler.
That was 20 years ago.... After Y2K, couldn’t find another job.
Been cleaning carpets since.
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