Demand for AR/VR engineers rises 1400%

Top 2020 trends for software engineers: Hired survey insights

Sarah Schlothauer
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Using data from over 400,000 interview requests and surveying 1,600 software engineers, Hired released a report detailing the top trends for software engineers in 2020. They learned that the demand for AR/VR engineering roles is on the rise (with a growth of +1400%) and that software engineers are looking to learn more about machine learning.

Tracking the state of software engineers, Hired released their annual report, delving into the top hiring trends, wages, and more. The report found that overall, wages for software engineers is rising in tech hubs such as London, Toronto, New York, and the SF Bay Area.

That’s not the only good news for software engineers. The demand for frontend and backend developers is increasing across all companies, as more and more businesses realize the need for the role.

Hired used data from over 400,000 interview requests and job offers and surveyed more than 1,600 software engineers. Let’s explore some of the takeaways, and how they compare to similar studies done by other companies.

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Investing in AR/VR

By far, the biggest growth in 2019 was the demand for AR/VR engineering roles, with a rise of +1400%.


Top 6 in-demand roles. Source.

Hired reports:

We see the growth in AR/VR demand as a direct reflection of the technology itself coming of age for a broader swathe of business outside of gaming. From beauty companies like Sephora to furniture retailers like Wayfair, many different types of companies are embracing the capabilities of these world building and enhancing technologies.

74% of software engineers predict that within the next 5 years, we will see “the full impact of AR/VR”.

AR/VR Engineer salaries are near the top of the charts as well. In San Francisco, the average AR/VR engineer takes home a yearly salary of $150k/year. In London, the average is £82K a year.

Developer favorites

Even though JavaScript is the most commonly used programming language by software engineers, Python is most loved.

Most loved programming languages ❤

  1. Python
  2. JavaScript
  3. Java

CodinGame’s 2020 survey revealed the same top three most loved languages. Specifically, software engineers love the ecosystems and wide variety of resources for Python, JavaScript, and Java, and for many developers, programming with them is just plain fun.

Least loved programming languages 💔

  1. Ruby
  2. PHP
  3. Objective-C

The most common barrier from falling in love with a language is that is simply isn’t fun to program in.

What to learn next?

  1. Machine learning
  2. AR/VR
  3. User experience
  4. Blockchain
  5. Security

Software engineers are most interested in learning more about machine learning and AR/VR.

When asked what their goals for the decade are, the top response was that software engineers want to “continue building cool things”.

Top caffeinated drinks ☕

  1. Black coffee
  2. Tea
  3. Lattes

Of course, coffee is often an important part of programming and black coffee reigns supreme.

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Learning leaves the classroom

Most software engineers have a degree in a relevant field, but increasingly, more and more people are taking a different route. According to Hireds report, 10% of respondents learned to program from a coding bootcamp, and 22% are self-taught.

Hired is not the only place reporting upon this trend. A recent report from HackerRank also discussed the rise of coding bootcamps, learning via non-traditional methods, and the fact that smaller companies are more willing to hire someone without a degree in computer science.

Especially in the United States, where college tuition is high, people are devising alternative ways to access programming knowledge. Between coding bootcamps, paid and free learning programs, there’s no shortage of methods to learn programming skills. The economic barrier of entry is lowering.

Sarah Schlothauer

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Sarah Schlothauer is the editor for She received her Bachelor's degree from Monmouth University, West Long Branch, New Jersey. She currently lives in Frankfurt, Germany with her husband and cat where she enjoys reading, writing, and medieval reenactment. She is also the editor for Conditio Humana, an online magazine about ethics, AI, and technology.

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