Programming Languages You Should Know in 2022
When it comes to choosing the right candidates, employers often look for someone who’s demonstrably proactive and eager to learn. So, what better way to show off these qualities in yourself than to embark on learning some new programming languages this year?
We’ve outlined the top five programming languages that should be on your upskill list in 2022. Whether you just want to expand your knowledge base, or you want to futureproof your career in time for Web 3.0 and the Metaverse, these are the languages that will get you there.
It’s also a useful language to learn if you want to move into development for fintech or crypto. Java is highly secure and works well with big data, which means it’s often used in online finance applications and blockchain development. According to a recent HackerRank survey, it’s also the third most sought-after programming language by employers. This is a vital programming language to know if you’re interested in development for Web 3.0 or the Metaverse.
If you work in (or want to move into) data analysis, R is an important language to add to your skillset. Like Java, R is an object-oriented language. It’s designed for statistical programming and is most often used by data analysts and data miners for its extensive libraries for interactive graphics. It’s also used by developers in fintech and telecoms.
The best part? There’s a skills shortage of R developers, so learning the language could give you the edge over other candidates.
Want to move into app development? Kotlin is the programming language to learn. It was originally designed to be a more concise, easier-to-use version of Java while still being fully interoperable with Java code. It’s also known for being secure, hence its popularity for use in mobile apps.
One of the fastest-growing languages, Kotlin is currently used by over 60% of Android developers and Google estimates that 70% of the apps in its Play Store are written in Kotlin. Google also uses the language for many of its own apps, and is even migrating several of its older apps over to Kotlin too.
Last, but by no means least, we have Python. Used by around 80% of the coding population and listed as Stack Overflow’s number one most wanted language (i.e. the language most developers want to learn), Python ranks number two on HackerRank’s list of the most sought-after languages according to hiring managers.
Future-Proof Your Toolkit
As a developer, you’ll already be aware of the need to constantly upskill and keep up-to-date with the latest in the industry. But, if you’re struggling to pick which language to focus on next, this list is a good place to start.
Of course, the only way to learn a new programming language is to put your skills to the test and develop a programme using it. Our team has got plenty of tips to help you keep on track with upskilling. If you’re just starting out, you can read our handy guide to building a career in software development here.
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