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Employers want JavaScript, but developers want Python

  • When it comes to which programming languages are in demand by employers, JavaScript, Java, Python, C++, and C—in that order—came out on top in a recent developer survey.
  • A survey of developers by technical recruiter HackerRank, conducted in October, found no gap between languages employers want and what developers actually know, with JavaScript barely edging out Java.
  • But as far as which languages developers prefer, Python is the language developers most want to learn—and many already know it, HackerRank found.
  • HackerRank also queried about which languages developers were planning to learn next.
  • HackerRank also found gaps in JavaScript frameworks between what employers want and what developers know: – – Of the 39,441 developers surveyed, 7,000 were also technical hiring managers, whom HackerRank also questioned about recruiting.

Employers also want developers skilled in React.js, Angular, and Node.js—but fewer developers have those skills

When it comes to which programming languages are in demand by employers, JavaScript, Java, Python, C++, and C—in that order—came out on top in a recent developer survey. Developers, however, want to learn languages like Python, Go, and Kotlin.

A survey of developers by technical recruiter HackerRank, conducted in October, found no gap between languages employers want and what developers actually know, with JavaScript barely edging out Java. But as far as which languages developers prefer, Python is the language developers most want to learn—and many already know it, HackerRank found.

HackerRank also queried about which languages developers were planning to learn next. The top languages developers said they will learn were—in order—Go, Python, Scala, Kotlin, and Ruby.

HackerRank noted that language preference varies by industry. Java, for example, has been favored in financial services for years, while C dominates in hardware development.

HackerRank also found gaps in JavaScript frameworks between what employers want and what developers know:

Of the 39,441 developers surveyed, 7,000 were also technical hiring managers, whom HackerRank also questioned about recruiting.

Other findings in the report include:

Employers want JavaScript, but developers want Python