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JAX Editorial Team

Java developers continue to lord it over everyone on the pay front, but it seems there’s another group in even more demand.


According to a painstaking analysis of 1.5 million
technology job opportunities by a blog msgooroo, JavaScript is currently the most
requested language by companies. But whilst JavaScripters are the
most in demand, it’s Java devs who are
holding the spot
at the top of the pay-heap.

The analysis used data taken from various job
portals in USA, UK and Australia between January until June 2014.
In a first step, 14 languages ​​were studied in the categories of
“Established Leaders” ( JavaScript, C #, Java ), “Followers” ( PHP,
Python, Perl, Ruby, Objective-C, Ruby on Rails, VBA ) and ” Niche
“( Clojure, Haskell, Lisp, Fortran).

Amongst these, these were the codes most
strongly in demand:

  1. JavaScript (asked in Jobs 14% of

  2. C # (asked 9% of all jobs in Tech)

  3. Java (asked 8% of all jobs in Tech)

PHP, Python, Perl, Ruby and Objective-C also
showed strong representation. Requests for Clojure, Haskell, Lisp
and Fortran were marginal. Msgooroo concludes: As popular niche
languages ​​in the community or on sites like GitHub or Hacker News
are, they have not (yet) established a viable foundation for
everyday work.

As for the salaries, earnings for “established
languages” were ranked as follows:

  1. Java: 85,000 U.S. dollars

  2. C #: 77,500 U.S. dollars

  3. JavaScript: 75,500 U.S. dollars

However, other programmers working in languages
aren’t doing too shabbily, all things considered. Consider the
average salaries for these alternative codes:

  • Ruby / Ruby on Rails: 85,000 U.S.

  • Objective-C: 83,000 U.S. dollars

  • Python: 78,500 U.S. dollars

  • Perl: 75,500 U.S. dollars

  • PHP: 71,000 U.S. dollars

Only in niche sectors do earnings take a real

  • Clojure: 52,000 U.S. dollars

  • Haskell: 47,000 U.S. dollars

  • Lisp: $ 45,000

  • Fortran: 38,000 U.S. dollars

As always, these numbers are best viewed with a
healthy degree of caution. At best, they describe a statistical
distribution of popular language skills and average salaries up for
grabs. To draw logical relationships between languages ​​and
salaries, or even conclusions about things like job opportunities,
isn’t so clean cut.

For example, whilst Lisp and Fortran may be small fry in
the enterprise world, the academic stage is where they really come
to the fore. Don’t rule out these ‘minor players’ as economically
unviable. And when you’re working in a smaller field with far fewer
competitors, specialist skills can push your earning potential way
up. Similarly, work experience , job role (developer, architect,
manager, admin, database specialist, Q & A, etc.) are all worth
taking into account when you’re trying to figure out the true value
of your personal skill set.

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