Programming languages are fast evolving to meet the modern era. Presently, there are a plethora to choose from, covering every aspect of development including websites, apps, games, algorithms, and so on.
For tech recruiters, HR leaders, and hiring managers it can be a tough task to prioritize the skills to hire in-house (or to source externally). It’s worth thinking about what’s popular now, what’s likely to become popular in the future, emerging technology, and the skills required to meet your business goals.
According to the 2020 CodinGame annual survey of HR professionals and developers, the top 10 in-demand programming languages are currently:
- Java (57%)
- C# (53%)
- Python (51%)
- C++ (40%)
- PHP (40%)
- C (16%)
- Kotlin (16%)
- ObjectiveC (16%)
- Ruby (15%)
Pay heed to some of the top 10 languages to better-understand why they’re worth investing in.
- Java: The tech community recently celebrated the 20th anniversary of Java. It’s one of the most widely adopted programming languages, used by some 9 million developers and running on 7 billion devices worldwide. It’s also the programming language used to develop all native Android apps. Java’s popularity with developers is due to the fact that the language is grounded in readability and simplicity. Java has staying power since it has long-term compatibility, which makes sure older applications continue to work now into the future. Here I am giving some good resources about learning Java.
- C#: Dating from 2000, C# (pronounced C-sharp) is a relatively new programming language designed by Microsoft for a wide range of enterprise applications that run on the .NET Framework. An evolution of C and C++, the C# language is simple, modern, type-safe, and object-oriented. Here I am giving some good resources about learning C#.
- Python: Python is a general-purpose programming language that was named after the Monty Python (so you know it’s fun to work with)! Python is simple and incredibly readable since closely resembles the English language. It’s a great language for beginners, all the way up to seasoned professionals. Python recently bumped Java as the language of choice in introductory programming courses with eight of the top 10 computer science departments now using Python to teach coding, as well as 27 of the top 39 schools. Because of Python’s use in the educational realm, there are a lot of libraries created for Python related to mathematics, physics, and natural processing. PBS, NASA, and Reddit use Python for their websites. Here I am giving some good resources for learning python.