It can be confusing to pick a programming language based upon the number of jobs out there. Well, overall there is no wrong choice per say. However, some programming languages have far more opportunities than others do. But like everything in technology, things continue to evolve.
This is due to the industry having specific needs and most of these programming languages have been around for years. Some newer languages are on the uprise also. So, picking something new isn’t a mistake either. There are always new ways of doing things it seems.
With the year coming closer to an end, many might be wondering what will be used in the near future or if they will find work in the programming language of their choosing. It is difficult to determine the future but programming technology is its own organism.
The internet has many job search boards and engines to weed through. Based upon research done this year by varying sources, it is clear that the following programming languages are most popular and in demand right now. This data is from findings dating back to October of 2021 until June of 2022.
So, if you pick one of the top 3, then you will likely find work out there someplace. That being said, there are lesser used languages that are still in demand with fewer jobs. That also means there will be far less competition for you to compete against. Becoming a specialist is also a good strategy, yet you will likely be using at least several languages throughout your career.
Programming languages with most remote jobs
The following programming languages offer the best opportunities to work from home. There are some positions that are hybrid where you come into the office a few times a week also. But these seem to have the most remote jobs overall. While performing searches on the job site Ziprecruiter and filtering remote jobs, these were the recent results in the United States during September of 2022.
- Python Developer jobs 53,288+ jobs found in United States (Remote)
- Java Developer jobs 44,388+ jobs found in United States (Remote)
- C++ Developer jobs 30,616+ jobs found in United States (Remote)
- Go developer jobs 27,606+ jobs found in United States (Remote)
- Html developer jobs 24,503+ jobs found in United States (Remote)
- Css developer jobs 20,441+ jobs found in United States (Remote)
- C# Developer jobs 19,278+ jobs found in United States (Remote)
- Perl Developer jobs 15,792+ jobs found in United States (Remote)
- PHP Developer jobs 12,231+ jobs found in United States (Remote)
- C Developer jobs 8,982+ jobs found in United States (Remote)
- Ruby Developer jobs 997+ jobs found in United States (Remote)
According to the website StackOverflow, there were 71,547 programmers who participated in a survey. During this survey, they were asked what programming languages they used on a daily basis.The results were somewhat interesting and yet somewhat predictable.
Both HTML and CSS were used by 55.08% of those surveyed.
SQL (Structured Query Language) was used by 48.43% of people.
Python was used by 48.07% of the programmers asked.
TypeScript also is becoming more popular each day and 34.83% of programmers are using it.
Java is still being used by 33.27% of programmers, it will remain a popular language into the future, even though it is quite verbose to use.
Bash/Shell is used by 29.07% of the programmers surveyed.
C# is still being used at around 27.98% and Microsoft continues to add more to their ecosystem of sorts.
C++ is an old language but also stable as 22.55% of people are still using it.
PHP is used by 20.87% of programmers amongst content management systems like WordPress, Drupal and Joomla among others. However, many sites state that PHP powers 79.2% (perhaps more) of the entire internet.
C is still being used by 19.27% of programmers who participated.
Ruby is being used by 6.05% of programmers.
While there are many more languages listed like Go and Rust they will continue to evolve. It seems these two are here to stay and will continue to see more use as well. In particular, it seems that Rust is loved by 86.73% of people on StackOverflow Go is loved by 64.58%.
If you are curious what programming languages pay the most, check out What programming language should you start with?