Coding Languages You Need to Learn Now to Be Employable Later

Coding Languages You Need to Learn Now to Be Employable Later

Interested in a fast-growing and lucrative career? Put learning to code on your to-do list. More than half the jobs listed on Glassdoor’s recently published report on the top 25 lucrative, in-demand jobs are in tech and require programming skills. But which languages should you learn? The chart below will tell you at-a-glance which programming languages are the most in-demand by employers:

Programming Languages for 2017 graph


Here’s an overview:

1.     SQL

Pronounced ‘sequel,’ this one tops the list because it’s the language that powers database technologies like MySQL, PostgreSQL and Microsoft SQL that power all kinds of businesses and organizations. Just about every computer and person with access to technology eventually touches something SQL—all Android and iPhones have access to a SQL database called SQLite. Google, Skype, and Dropbox also use it directly.


2.     Java

No, it’s not coffee, but it’s like caffeine to the programming world. One of the most widely adopted programming languages, Java is used by some nine million developers and helps fuel seven billion devices worldwide. In fact, it’s the programming language used to develop all native Android apps. Java’s popularity with developers is due to the fact that the language is grounded in readability and simplicity. Plus, it has staying power since it has long-term compatibility, which makes sure older apps continue to work now into the future. Java powers company websites like,, and


3.     JavaScript

Not to be confused with Java—JavaScript is one of the most popular and powerful programming languages. It’s used to make web pages interactive by adding effects, displaying pop-up messages and creating games with basic functionality. It’s also the scripting language of the Worldwide Web and is built right into all major web browsers including Internet Explorer, Firefox, and Safari. More recently, JavaScript has gained use as the foundation of Node.js, a server technology that enables real-time communication. It’s also used to create interactive web apps, often through libraries like jQuery and front-end frameworks such as AngularJS.


4.     C#

Pronounced C-sharp, this relatively new programming language was designed by Microsoft for a wide range of enterprise applications that run on the .NET Framework. An evolution of C and C++, the C# language is simple, modern, type-safe and object-oriented.


5.     C++

Repeat after me…C-plus-plus. This general purpose object-oriented programming language is based on the earlier ‘C’ language. An extensive list of applications was written in C++, including Adobe and Microsoft applications, MongoDB databases, and large portions of Mac OS/X. It’s the best language to learn for performance-critical applications like ‘twitch’ game development or A/V processing.


6.     Python

This general purpose programming language was named after the Monty Python comedy troupe because it’s so fun to work with! Since it closely resembles the English language, it’s simple and highly readable, making it a great language for beginners as well as seasoned pros. Python recently bumped Java as the language of choice in introductory programming courses with eight of the top 10 computer science departments now using Python to teach coding.  PBS, NASA, Pinterest, Instagram and Reddit use Python for their websites.


7.     PHP

Believe it or not, PHP was never intended to be a new programming language. Instead, it was created in 1994 to be a set of tools to help Danish-Canadian programmer Rasmus Lerdorf maintain his Personal Home Page (PHP). Today, PHP (Hypertext Pre-Processor) is a scripting language, running on the server, which can be used to create web pages written in HTML. Easy to use, PHP is popular with new programmers, but it also offers advanced features for those more experienced.


8.     Ruby on Rails

Sounds like a blues ballad, but it’s really a general-purpose programming language best known for its use in web programming. Rails serves as a framework for the Ruby language. Ruby on Rails has many positive qualities such as rapid development—you don’t need as much code, and there are a wide variety of third-party libraries available. Both small and large companies alike use it for at least one of their web applications, including Hulu, Twitter, Github and Living Social.


9.     iOS/Swift

In 2014, Apple decided to invent their own programming language for iOS and OS X apps and the result was Swift. Many parts of Swift are similar to developing in C++ and Objective-C. Companies including American Airlines, LinkedIn, and Duolingo have been quick to adopt Swift, and it’s sure to take off in the coming years.

Expanding your repertoire by learning multiple programming languages can land you a well-paying job in a highly marketable career field. Get started today at and talk to one of our friendly Success Advisors about your training options.

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