As most of us already know, we are at the age of Big Data, Software Engineer jobs are becoming more and more competitive. This means that expertise in a single programming language might not be sufficient enough to land us a Software Engineer job. We need to be “Jack of all trades”, having the knowledge and ability to learn multiple programming languages is a must.
There are over 600 programming languages out there, we simply cannot learn all of them. Therefore when it comes to choosing the programming languages to learn, there are a few different criteria that we need to consider:
- whether this programming language is useful, is it already well established in the software development industry?
- Top ranked programming languages according to the online programming ranking website. Is this language in high job demand market? Which companies are hiring Software Engineers with expertise in which programming language?
- Programming language with large sets of libraries, frameworks, tools support, and active users community. Is this programming language currently in a stable or increasing popularity?
By now, most of you probably already guessed the other programming language to learn is Python! Yes, Python is currently on the most up trending programming language out there in the industry!
It was a programming language designed at first to help out and focus on developer experience, lower the entry barrier for beginners to learn programming and it is mostly used for Back-end development support. Today, Python is omnipresent and used in many areas of software development, with no sign of slowing down.
According to Indeed, Python is the most demanding programming language in the USA job market with the highest 74K job posting in January 2020. Also, Python ranked third with a $120K yearly salary. Also, Stack Overflow developer survey has shown that Python developers earn a high salary with relatively low experience compared to other mainstream programming languages.
The other programming language recommended to learn is Java. Yeah, it is a language originally developed in the 90s when the industry was heavily using C++. Java is a much simpler , object-oriented, interpreted programming language that also supports Multi-threading programming. Java has achieved Platform independence by developing Java Virtual Machine (JVM), which abstracted the low-level Operating System from developers and gave the first “Write Once, Run anywhere” programming language. Also, JVM offered generation garbage collection, which manages the Object life cycle.
According to GitHub, Java has been the top second repository contributions from 2014 to 2018, has fallen a little bit in 2019 due to the rise of popularity of Python.s
According to Indeed, Java is the second most demanding programming language in the USA with 69K Job posting in January 2020. Also, Java developers earn the 6th highest annual salary ($104 K). As per Stack Overflow Developers survey 2019, Java offers a modest salary after few years of experiences.
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