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The top 10 programming languages tech employers are seeking right now

Python, SQL and Java remain the most sought-after languages, according to a new report from coding bootcamp Coding Dojo.

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What’s your tech stack? Maybe it’s time to consider brushing up on your programming skills and learning some new languages after seeing this latest report.

Every year, coding bootcamp Coding Dojo, with a campus in Arlington, Virginia, searches through data and technology job postings on to see what type of programming languages employers are looking to hire for most.

In 2021 — and much like previous years — companies are most seeking Python developers, while the need for JavaScript continues to drop.

Here are the top 10 languages of 2021, according to Coding Dojo’s research:

  1. Python
  2. SQL
  3. Java
  4. R
  5. Visual Basic
  6. JavaScript
  7. C++
  8. C#
  9. Objective C
  10. Ruby

Coding Dojo found that there are 70,497 job posts for Python developers listed on Indeed, and only 13,279 posts looking for Ruby developers. Python, SQL and Java remain the most sought-after languages. Overall, though, the company said there was a decline in the amount of job posts on Indeed for developer roles: There was a 5,000- to 10,000-job drop per language compared to this time last year.

Coding Dojo CEO Richard Wang indicated this drop might be a result of the coronavirus pandemic.

“Considering how severe things have been, we’re surprised the drop wasn’t worse,” Wang said in the report. “But the drop wasn’t all that huge. It’s worth noting that jobs are hovering around where they were two years ago. Is this a setback? Of course. But it’s not a catastrophe. The programming industry has held strong, and developers are still in huge demand.”

Despite the challenges, Coding Dojo predicts that the demand for Python developers will continue to rise. The coding bootcamp also looks out for which languages are on the rise and found that there was a bigger demand than usual for programmers well versed in TypeScript and Kotlin. All in all, Coding Dojo expects that programming jobs will pick up tremendously once the economy stabilizes.

If you’re looking to brush up on your coding skills, or learn a new language for the first time, here are some resources you could tap into.

You’ll can find Coding Dojo’s report on top programming languages of 2021 here.

Companies: Coding Dojo

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