Technology is an ever-changing industry, so a language that seems popular and valuable today may be tomorrow’s dinosaur – gone and extinct. New programming languages pop up all the time. For example, in June, Apple released Swift, a language designed especially for iOS and OS X. As a result, the key to a successful career as a Software Developer, or anything-remotely-technology-oriented, is well-rounded knowledge of what’s in and the ability to decide if picking a new language is worth it.
A recent study by Quartz, ranked the most prominent programming languages according to the money they bring in. Check it out!
12. PERL – $82,513
PERL was developed 26 years ago by Larry Wall, designed specifically for text processing. The language provides flexible and powerful text processing capabilities. It is known as the “duct tape of the internet”, working across platforms and transforming outputs from one program so it can be used as input to another.
Common uses: CGI programming, bioinformatics, finance, system administration, network programming, and other applications.
11. SQL – $85,511
Structured Query Language allows you to access and manipulate data in relational databases. Many computer and web-based applications need to store and retrieve data. For example if you use a blog or a content management system, it depends on pulling together information in the database to display the correct posts or pages. Many of the top database managements systems use SQL including Oracle, Sybase, Access, mySQL and postgreSQL.
Common uses: blogs, content management systems, e-commerce websites, and anytime a relational database is used.
10. Visual Basic – $85,962
Visual Basic was developed by Microsoft to provide a graphical programming environment. Developers can drag and drop graphical object and change colors with its properties windows. The latest version of VB is VB .Net ,introduced back in 2002. Many developers still use its predecessor VB 6, even though Microsoft no longer supports it.
Common uses: Any application: games, educational programs, inventory management, payroll system, and so on. There is not much can’t do with Visual Basic.
9. C# – $89,074
Microsoft also developed C#. It is a multi-paradigm programming language that is a hybrid of C and C++. C# facilitates the exchange of information over the web, and developers can build highly portable applications. Unlike Java, C# is tied to the Microsoft operating system. Since Windows dominates the operating system market, C# will stay popular for a while.
Common Uses: desktop applications, web development, data access layer, simple command line utilities
8. R- $90,055
R is an open-source language for statistical computing and data visualization. It is used widely among statisticians and data miners. In recent years, R has increased in popularity as the amount of data available to be analyzed has exploded. Since big data is the newest trend, learning R and statistics will be great investments.
Common Uses: Visualizing and computing vast amount of statistics
7. C – 90,134
C was originally developed to write the UNIX operating system. C is one of the widely used computer languages of all time, and the most popular System Programming Language. Many languages are based upon C. If you have a good grasp of C, you can learn other languages quickly.
Common uses: operating systems, network drivers, assemblers, print spoolers, databases, language interpreters
Common uses: build responsive websites, detect visitor’s browsers, create cookies, validate web forms and much more.
5. C++ – $93,502
C++ is a successor to C. It is a high-level, general purpose programming language that is also object-oriented. The purpose of C++ is to define a series of operations that a computer can perform to accomplish a task. You can find C++ used on most microcomputers to the most powerful ones.
Common uses: servers programming (web search, e-commerce), video games, systems programming, and drivers.
4. JAVA – $94,908
Java is a programming language and computing platform created by James Gosling from Sun Microsystems. Java was designed to be platform-independent, allowing developers to write the code once for all supported operating systems. It is Google’s language fo choice for Android app development. If you learn Java, there will be lots of job opportunities for you.
Common uses: Android mobile application, J2EE web and enterprise applications
3. Python – $100,717
Named after Monty Python, Python is an interpreted, interactive, object-oriented programming language. Increasingly, large applications are written exclusively in Python, such as YouTube and Dropbox. Python is a great first programming language to learn since its syntax is very clear. Every script, whether written by a novice or a professional, will look very similar.
Common uses: any programming task – GUI programming, web programming, scientific and numeric computing, processing text, working with files
2. Objective C – $108,225
Designed by Apple for the OS X and iOS system, Objective-C is an object-oriented programming language. It’s a compiled, general-purpose language capable of building everything from command line utilities to animated GUIs to domain-specific libraries. It can also maintain large, scalable frameworks.
Common uses: building applications for Mac
1. Ruby on Rails – $109,460
Ruby on Rails is not actually a programming language, instead it is a web application framework written in the language Ruby. It speeds up the process of developing web apps considerably. Some of the most successful web-based companies, such as Shopify, Airbub, and Groupon use Ruby on Rails. The framework has exploded in popularity in recent years, and there is a skill shortage for Ruby on Rails developers.
Common uses: building web applications, e-Commerce, social networking sites, cloud storage, and more.
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