As the world gets more technology centric day-by-day, the demand for programmers continues in an exponential rise. A survey by the US Labour Department observes that by 2020 there will be 1.4 million programming jobs available and the qualified base will be able to fill only 30% of those jobs.
This just seems to be the right time to get into a programming career. Ideally you should be looking at the demand being created by companies for programmers in the various languages to choose which one you’d like to learn.
Here’s a list of programming languages in demand with companies from all industries and all sizes. We’ll understand (in very brief) something about the language, why is there a demand for it, any additional important factor and the present average salary for the job (wherever available). So let’s begin.
- SQL: Structured Query Language (SQL) is a language designed to query, retrieve and edit information assimilated in a Database Management System. Already a much sought after language it is even more so now because of the advent of Big Data and its rising demand. Companies of every size are accumulating huge amounts of data. Professionals that know how to handle this data and extract meaning from it will be in demand for a long time to come. The language has a simple syntax akin to excel, making it easy for anyone to learn it in a short span of time. Average salary: $102,000.
- Java: An object oriented, general pursue, programming language, Java is used largely for applications that are internet related. It is not platform or device restricted and so can be run on any computer. Like SQL, Java has also been around for a long time. It has been one of the primary constructors of applications and websites. It is so well entrenched that its demand is perennial. Modelled on C++, Java is not as complicated though the learning curve is much longer and intense than SQL. But once you’ve got it, there’s no looking back. Average Salary: $102,000
- C++: This one is truly the ‘old man’ of programming languages. It has been used for a plethora of technological applications, from client-server apps, to embedded firmware, graphical apps, and analyzing data. The reliability and reputation of the language precedes it. Much in demand for applications such as Adobe and Microsoft, this language has not fond a match as yet. It is a difficult language to learn and needs time and dedication. Average salary: $ 104,000
- C#: This programming language is derived from C and C++. It was developed originally to give competition to the then monopolistic Java. It was designed for productivity improvement in the web app developing process. This too is a platform agnostic language and is usable on any PC. It was developed by Microsoft, and will continue to be in demand as Microsoft uses it extensively. Learning C# is comparatively easy, and if you know either C+ or C++, the learning curve is shallow. Average Salary: $94,000
- Python: It is an object-oriented language, extensively used for building computer applications and websites. It also has its uses in data analysis. It is an extremely powerful language with a high level of efficiency, but a very simple syntax. Python is earmarked as a language for the future and is very popular with companies and tech students. Average Salary: $107,000.
- PHP: PHP is a general purpose scripting language extensively used for web development. It is easily embedded into HTML. PHP is widely use by the e-commerce industry, though it has many other uses. With the rise in online shopping and almost everything going e-commerce, PHP is here to stay for a very long time. PHP is usually used with a backend database in SQL. PHP has compatibility with every server and can be run on a number of platforms. Relatively easy to learn it has a very shallow learning curve. Average salary: $89,000.
- Ruby: Ruby has been around as long as Python, but it gained popularity once it developed its Rail framework, making many of its tasks easier and faster. It’s web framework that allows for a very powerful and intuitive web development. Its versatility let’s you build complex, yet trendy, website. Some of the well-known sites built using Ruby on Rails are AirBnB, Groupon and Twitter. It makes it easy to setup and maintain a site. Average Salary: $107,000.
- Perl: This is a general-purpose language that was developed originally for manipulating text. Today, it is used for system administration, network programming, web development and a lot more. Though some feel it is on its way out, Perl continues to be stable and a very robust cross-platform, which is capable of numerous tasks. Very similar to Python, Perl draws a lot from other languages such as C and C++. Average Salary: $87,000
- Swift: This is a new and innovative programming language developed by Apple, slated to replace its earlier language Objective-C, but that may be a while away. The versatile and powerful Swift is catching the fancy of developers because its lighting fast with a very concise syntax. So even though Swift is fairly new, it could be prudent to be one of the early learners of the language – a first mover advantage. The average salary is not yet determined for this new language though some predict it in the range of $110,000.
So, here are the top 10 programming languages of 2016-17. Choose the one you want to learn, keeping in mind your career objectives and your interests.
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