There are lots of reasons why programming in general is a solid career choice: the pace of digitalization means there is an ever-increasing need for software engineers and developers.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, there were 677,900 software engineers in the United States in 2003, which increased to 1,018,000 in 2013. The BLS also estimates that the sector will grow by 22% up to 2029.
It’s not surprising: when you check your phone to see what the weather is like in the morning, consider that the app you’re looking at is made possible by a team of software developers and engineers. Or how about when you stream a movie, check your bank balance, or Venmo a friend some cash? Yep – all enabled by those who can write code and build and create software and applications.
Programming pays well too: the world runs on software, and that won’t be changing any time soon.
In the current tight labor market, some job switchers are achieving raises of up to 30% more than their previous salary. Software is intrinsically tied to tech, which is an industry where additional perks and benefits are a frequent side benefit of employment – another big plus.
So there is a lot of potential for career development for those with programming experience and skills. But when it comes to knowing the programming languages to focus on, which are the really key ones to have in your arsenal?
After all, there are a lot of programming languages out there, so which languages are highly sought out by companies, are most needed and valued, and which they will pay top dollar for?
Like anything else, programming languages are prone to trends.
As of 2019, GitHub cited Java as one of the most popular programming languages in use, particularly for client–server web applications. Now though, while Java is still vastly popular and highly sought after, Python has overtaken it in popularity.
On-going learning and development is important for software engineers and developers, especially if you graduated a while ago, or you’re looking to make a career move. As things change, so should your skills.
Each language does different things and can be used to solve different problems thanks to its specific features and characteristics. The more languages and abilities you have to offer, ultimately the more attractive you’ll be as a prospective job hire.
So, if you are thinking about upskilling, what are the most important and popular programming languages to know right now?
According to GitHub, these are the top five in 2023:
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