The return of Java
The former joined the latter after a two-year hiatus from the top position, while SQL, NET/C#, and CSS/HTML complete the list of the five leading languages. What can we learn from this?
Java returning to the number one spot indicates that more companies are searching for candidates proficient in back-end technologies while frontend development still holds great importance. Here’s how the top five languages tested on DevSkiller are distributed among the rankings:
Here’s how the languages weigh up on the leaderboard:
- Java + SQL – 15.08%
- SQL + .NET/C# – 9.9%
- SQL + Python – 9.3%
In the latest DevSkiller roundup of IT skills requested by companies, each of the top 5 entries were held by the same technologies as the 2020 report.
HTML/CSS inched closer to the podium after an incremental improvement but remained in fourth. The final spot was secured once more by .NET/C#, which saw similar gains over last year.
These rankings show that SQL is still the preferred IT skill for databases. It’s evident that there’s a growing need for qualified web developers, too. DevSkiller also emphasizes that even though the adoption of .NET/C# has grown, Java maintains its title as the primary tool for solving technical issues.
The leading programming languages are demanded by the following percentages of organizations:
- SQL – 63%
- Java – 51%
- HTML/CSS – 48%
- .NET/C# – 41%
- Front-end web development (creating user-facing visual elements)
- Web application development (building online programs like file converters and photo editors)
- Website administration (maintaining and upgrading existing sites)
In less than six months, you can teach yourself enough about the language to become competent. However, the learning doesn’t end there. It continues throughout your career as new applications and techniques are always emerging.