The 9 Most In-Demand Programming Languages of 2016

In today’s economy, almost half or more of the top 20 highest paying and in demand jobs are in the tech industry and require

In today’s economy, almost half or more of the top 20 highest paying and in demand jobs are in the tech industry and require a working knowledge of coding. The world of coding is vast and there are many different languages to learn. But some of these languages are considered more valuable in the workforce than others.

In the beginning of 2016, Coding Dojo built a list of the nine most in-demand programming languages among professionals, a valuable resource for anyone looking to start a career in tech or pick up a new skill to apply to their industry. Below you’ll find a breakdown of the 9 Most In-Demand Programming Languages of 2016.

1. SQL

It’s no surprise SQL (pronounced sequel) tops the job list since it can be found far and wide in various flavors. Database technologies such as MySQL, PostgreSQL and Microsoft SQL Server power big businesses, small businesses, hospitals, banks, universities.

Indeed, just about every computer and person, with access to technology eventually touches something SQL. For instance, all Android phones and iPhones have access to an SQL database called SQLite and many mobile apps developed Google, Skype and DropBox use it directly.


2. Java

Java is one of the most widely adopted programming languages, used by some 9 million developers and running on 7 billion devices worldwide. It’s also the programming language used to develop all native Android apps.

Java’s popularity with developers is due to the fact that the language is grounded in readability and simplicity. Java has staying power since it has long-term compatibility, which makes sure older applications continue to work now into the future. It’s not going anywhere anytime soon and is used to power company websites like,, and


3. JavaScript

JavaScript is another one of the world’s most popular and powerful programming languages and is used to spice up web pages by making them interactive.

For example, JavaScript can be used to add effects to web pages, display pop-up messages or to create games with basic functionality.

It’s also worth noting that JavaScript is the scripting language of the World Wide Web and is built right into all major web browsers including Internet Explorer, FireFox, and Safari.

Almost every website incorporates some element of JavaScript to add to the user experience, adding to the demand for JavaScript developers. In recent years JavaScript has also gained use as the foundation of Node.js, a server technology that among other things enables real-time communication.


4. C#

Dating from 2000, C# (pronounced C-sharp) is a relatively new programming language designed by Microsoft for a wide range of enterprise applications that run on the .NET Framework. An evolution of C and C++, the C# language is simple, modern, type-safe and object-oriented.


5. C++

C++ is a general purpose object-oriented programming language based on the earlier C language. Developed by Bjarne Stroustrup at Bell Labs, C++ was first released in 1983. Stroustrup keeps an extensive list of applications written in C++.

The list includes Adobe and Microsoft applications, MongoDB databases, large portions of Mac OS/X and is the best language to learn for performance-critical applications such as twitch game development or audio/video processing.


6. Python

Python is a general-purpose programming language that was named after the Monty Python (so you know it’s fun to work with)! Python is simple and incredibly readable since closely resembles the English language.

It’s a great language for beginners, all the way up to seasoned professionals. Python recently bumped Java as the language of choice in introductory programming courses with eight of the top 10 computer science departments now using Python to teach coding, as well as 27 of the top 39 schools.

Because of Python’s use in the educational realm, there are a lot of libraries created for Python related to mathematics, physics, and natural processing. PBS, NASA, and Reddit use Python for their websites.


7. PHP

Created by Danish-Canadian programmer Rasmus Lerdorf in 1994, PHP was never actually intended to be a new programming language. Instead, it was created to be a set of tools to help Rasmus maintain his Personal Home Page (PHP).

Today, PHP (Hypertext Pre-Processor) is a scripting language, running on the server, which can be used to create web pages written in HTML. PHP tends to be a popular language since its easy-to-use by new programmers, but also offers tons of advanced features for more experienced programmers.


8. Ruby on Rails

Like Java or the C language, Ruby is a general purpose programming language, though it is best known for its use in web programming, and Rails serves as a framework for the Ruby Language.

Ruby on Rails has many positive qualities including rapid development, you donâ€t need as much code, and there are a wide variety of 3rd party libraries available. Itâ€s used by companies ranging from small start-ups to large enterprises and everything in-between. Hulu, Twitter, Github and Living Social are using Ruby on Rails for at least one of their web applications.


9. iOS/Swift

In 2014, Apple decided to invent their own programming language. The result was Swift a new programming language for iOS and OS X developers to create their next killer app. Developers will find that many parts of Swift are familiar from their experience of developing in C++ and Objective-C. Companies including American Airlines, LinkedIn, and Duolingo have been quick to adopt Swift, and we’ll see this language on the rise in the coming years.

If you’re interested in becoming a developer, it’s important to be well-versed in a number of programming languages so you can be versatile and adaptable and then continue to learn/master languages throughout your career.

We have released an article in the past that also provides information on some valuable online resources where you can actually learn programming languages for free.