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The Most In-Demand Programming Language Is…

Posted on 7.22.2015

Java jobs are on the rise according to May 2015 data from Gooroo.

The data, which analyzes 500,000 tech jobs every single month across the U.S., Great Britain and Australia, shows that even though C# came in first place in April in terms of job demand, Java was in the number one position for job mentions in May. What’s more, JavaScript came in second place by being mentioned in 17 percent of all software development job ads.

According to Gooroo, the less demanded programming languages tend to be very niche, while functional languages like Clojure, Haskell, Scala and F# come with above average salaries.

It is also important to note that when you look at U.S. data exclusively, the average salary rose by about $1,000 in May. Similar to the overall data from all countries, the most in-demand programming language in the U.S. was Java, followed by JavaScript and C#. Additional data shows that Java jobs are paying an average of $115,000, while JavaScript jobs pay an average of $107,000. That said, C++, C# , C and Python are all paying around $110,000 and are found in between 5.5% - 8% of all software development jobs.

While Java won out in Gooroo’s overall data and U.S. data, C# won in Great Britain. In fact, the report found that C# is the most in demand programming language in the U.K., however, salaries for this language are typically around £10,000 less than Java salaries. On the other hand, JavaScript is the most mentioned programming language in job ads in Australia, followed by C# and Java. Salaries for all three of these languages are similar, hovering around $100,000 AUD.

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