Top trending programming languages for jobs in 2020

programming Nov 08, 2019

Programming world moves fast. There are a ton of different programming languages spawning every year. Enterprises use these languages as per how they cater for their needs. A couple of years ago, the de-facto language of any enterprise used to Java. But in the current day, the scenario has changed completely. (We still have java as a candidate here 😉)

In this article, we have compiled top trending languages that enterprises are using. For each language, we have divided the section in main feature of the language, job market, usability, career paths, and average global salary of that particular language.

NOTE: The data in this article is compiled from various sources such as Hired, and StackOverflow Survey.

1. Go

Go Language has been one of the top trending language of 2019. It was introduced in November 2009, which now completes a decade of Go. It was developed by Google and is currently actively used by large corporations such as SoundCloud, Netflix, and Dropbox.

The reason behind such a drastic growth of Go language is the advantage for multithreaded tasks such as efficient processing of parallel processes, using memory only when it is necessary, and fast start-up time.

There are a lot of career opportunities for Go. Demand for Go developers is quite high. Since it is one of the most in-demand programming language, it is always a good choice to start to learning Go.

The average global salary for a Go developer is around $109k.

2. Rust

Rust language is developed by Mozilla Research back in 2010. It is the most loved language in StackOverflow annual survey since 2016, every year. Rust is being used in a wide variety of tasks. There are web browsers, operating systems, as well as GPUs being programmed using rust language. It has picked up it's pace in systems programming. Some developers believe it can replace C/C++ for low level programming. Rust is being used in some of the largest corporations which includes Google, Microsoft, Cloudflare, and Dropbox.

Rust is multi-paradigm system programming language mainly focused on safety. It specializes in safe concurrency, and memory safety while maintaining high performance. It is intended for highly concurrent, highly safe systems and programming in the large.

Job opportunities are plentily available for rust developers. Since the language is relatively new and is being adopted by such a wide community, this is least of the problems.

The average global salary for a rust developer is around $90k.

3. Elixir

Elixir language is developed by José Valim in 2011. It was developed with the primary goals of enabling higher extensibility and productivity in the Erlang VM while keeping the compatibility with the Erlang's ecosystem. Elixir is built on top of Erlang and BEAM VM. It is primarily used for web development, but there are a lot of other cases in which it is being used. Elixir is being adopted in large companies such as Apple, Discord, and Pinterest.

Elixir is a functional, concurrent, general programming language. Since it is built on top of Erlang, it shares the similar abstractions for building distributed, fault tolerant applications. Elixir also has support for metaprogramming with macros and polymorphism via protocols.

The market is still evolving and providing average number of job opportunities for Elixir developers at the moment. But considering it's adoption at large companies such as Apple, Elixir will definitely be one of the most in-demand programming languages in near future.

The average global salary for Elixir developer is $102k.

4. JavaScript

JavaScript is a widely known programming language. It is used to write web apps on both the front and back end. This language is used by almost every company in the world as it is a essential component for building interactive web pages. Some of the various career paths that you can take using JavaScript are of Front end developer, back-end developer, and Full Stack developer.

JavaScript is a multi-paradigm language. It supports event-driven, functional and imperative programming styles. Initially, it was only used as a client side language, but recently, it is being used in almost every other task except system-level programming. The language has support for dynamic typing, prototype-based object-orientation, and first-class functions. It has been rebranded to ECMAScript, but continues to be called JavaScript as usual.

The job market for JavaScript is always active. There are a ton of different jobs on multiple different job boards.

The average global salary for JavaScript developer is $100k.

5. Python

Python language was released 29 years ago in 1991. Since then, the language has taken the industry by a storm. It is used for variety of tasks including, but not limited to Machine Learning, web development, artificial intelligence, and data science. It is used by variety of large enterprises such as Google, Microsoft, and Facebook.

Python is dynamically typed and garbage collected language. It supports procedural, object-oriented, and functional programming paradigms. It is also known as "batteries included" language due to it's comprehensive standard library.

Python remains always active on the job market.

The average global salary for Python developer is $96k.

6. Java

The Java programming language is one of the most highly-demanded among employers and popular among developers according to the GitHub team. Java is used to develop products in the banking sector and in automated testing. It is especially appreciated for its cross-platform thanks to JVM. It is used by almost all major banking institutions.

I don't really need to give the major Java features, but still for the sake of writing, here they are. It is class-based, object oriented and s designed to have as few implementation dependencies as possible. With JVM, it aims to achieve write once, run anywhere concept. Java is compiled to bytecode which can run on any JVM regardless of computer architecture.

The job market for java remains stable. Although, the market is quite saturated. I wouldn't personally recommend going after this language just to land a job post.

The average global salary for Java developer is $100k.

7. Ruby

Ruby gained the utmost popularity as a tool for developing Web apps, and it was used for developing the server part of many popular worldwide services. The language was built by keeping in mind short development time, clarity and simplicity. It is used by multiple large corporations such as Github, and Basecamp.

Ruby is dynamically typed and uses garbage collection. It supports multiple programming paradigms such as procedural, object-oriented, and functional programming.

The job market for ruby is quite active. Recruiters love the veterans of Ruby language with experience of 10+ years according to Hired.

The average global salary of Ruby developer is $94k.

8. Scala

Scala is language developer 15 years ago based on top of Java. It provides language interoperability with Java. Scala is used for web and desktop app development, distributed applications, data analysis, and data streaming. It is used by tech behemoths such as LinkedIn, Twitter, and Netflix.

Scala is general-purpose programming language providing support for functional programming and a strong static type system. It includes many major features you can expect from programming languages with functional paradigm.

The job market for Scala is quite stable. I'd recommend you learn Scala over Java in the current day.

The average global salary for Scala developer is $104k.

9. Clojure

Clojure is another programming language developed at supported strongly by Google. It was released 12 years ago in 2007. Clojure is a modern, functional, and dynamic dialect of the List programming language on Java platform. It is used by the likes of CircleCI, Braintree, and

Clojure language advocates immutability and immutable data structures. This focus on immutability and explicit progression-of-time constructs facilitates more robust, and concurrent programs. These programs are simple and fast.

Clojure has an active demand in the market. Since a lot of enterprises have started slow switch to clojure, expect this trend to grow over years.

The average global salary of Clojure developer is $96k.

10. Kotlin

The programming language Kotlin developed by the IT-company JetBrains has become the official development language for Android. This was officially announced at the Google I/O conference in 2017. It is quite possible that soon the apps for Android devices will be written exclusively using Kotlin, so those wishing to progress in the mobile development direction are advised to take a closer look at it. Since Android apps will soon be completely switched to Kotlin, multiple companies have started using it.

Kotlin language has easy to understand and laconic syntax, full compatibility with Java, and a growing community. Most of all, it has a strong support from Google.

The job market has steadily been demanding more and more kotlin developers.

The average global salary of Kotlin developers is $75k.


So the main conclusion that can be drawn from these recent trends in languages, is that functional programming is on rise. There is upwards trend for raw power and performance optimization. And most importantly, there is a need for developers to keep updated with these languages.

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