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What’s the language everyone’s looking for?

JAXenter 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 Tech)

  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. dollars

  • 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 dive:

  • 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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