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These software trends sell and can get you hired

Check out these trends that noticed in software development in its various markets that led to massive raises and hires.

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This editorial article is a part of Software Trends Month 2022 of's editorial calendar. This month’s theme is underwritten by Spotify. This story was independently reported and not reviewed by Spotify before publication.

Time flies, and we’re almost at the halfway mark of Software Trends Month.

But this month isn’t the only time our publication’s focus is on software. has been tracking software trends all year about  C++, Javascript, Python, GO, Rust, Ruby PHP and more.

Whether you’re working as a front-end, back-end or full-stack developer, it’s integral to know what programming languages can help land that coveted over-$80,000-a-year salary. Over the years, has gone out of its way to answer that question on several occasions. That reporting has led to identifying computer systems design and related services as among the top 10 industries with the highest earners in Baltimore during both 2009 and 2019. Seeing the tea leaves of software development is the difference between being an early adopter with a million-dollar raise and staying behind the curve, struggling to find a market for legacy technology.

Here’s a breakdown of prior articles that point to the coding trends that will get you hired — and the hot software in the market that’s behind those million-dollar raises.

Coding trends

What programming language should I learn? 

Three coding bootcamp directors in Pittsburgh explain the coding languages they’re teaching and why it gets their students hired.

What’s changed in 20 years of software engineering?

A guest post by Ken Rimple, in which he offers a 20-year retrospective on trends in programming languages.

5 pieces of advice for pivoting into a software development career

Learn how to pivot from careers in education, military, finance, blogging and meteorology into software development.

How are coding bootcamps changing?

A conversation on how bootcamps have changed and adjusted over the pandemic with the rise of remote work. Using a case study from Wilmington, Delaware, this article dives into where this evolution leaves local companies at the end of bootcamps, when participants are looking for that first tech job.

Advice on getting started from self-taught programmer-turned-CEO

Eric Solender, CTO of Baltimore’s MindStand Technologies, shares four tips and plenty of resources on the skills and mindset that can lead to a career in software development.

Software trends with startups

AI and machine learning is a feature all the technologists are adding to their tech stacks but another one that’s really picking up steam is Salesforce.


The journey of Youreka Labs is a prime example of the impact a company working to create software that integrates with Salesforce can achieve. The former company went from raising an $8.5 million Series A to being acquired by B2B software solutions provider Dispatch in a year.

Hampden-based BenefitsApp was built through Salesforce tools to improve users’ access to healthcare care info and employee health benefits.

Salesforce also helped bring this Pennsylvania-based, 70-year-old family business into the modern age.

Artificial intelligence and machine learning

This spring, Maryland-based AI/AR and spatial computing software company MindX Corp. was acquired by Blackrock Neurotech for its expertise in the field of AI.

In addition, prominent companies like Booz Allen Hamilton are starting $100 million venture funds for startups that includes artificial intelligence/machine learning as a focus.

Donte Kirby is a 2020-2022 corps member for Report for America, an initiative of The Groundtruth Project that pairs young journalists with local newsrooms. This position is supported by the Robert W. Deutsch Foundation.
Companies: Youreka Labs / Salesforce
Series: Software Trends Month 2022

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