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What are the top programming languages and demand rate?

Here’s some interesting data provided by Wanted Analytics on the hiring demand for specific programming lanuages. Are tech recruiters feeling the same way? Let us know.


Wanted Analytics says: “Just about every company is hiring (or has recently hired) for tech talent – it’s been one of the most demanded fields in the United States for the past several years.  We took a look at hiring for 10 programming languages over the past 30 days to see what skills are most demanded.


The 10 programming languages we looked at are:


  • Java
  • Visual Basic (or VB.NET)
  • Javascript
  • Unix
  • Perl
  • Python
  • Delphi
  • Ruby (or Ruby on Rails)
  • Ajax
  • PHP


Over the past 30 days, there were more than 67,000 Computer and IT related job ads that included one or more of these skills in their job ads (either in the advertised job title or within the job description/required skills.) Combined, this represents a 5.9% growth in hiring demand compared to the same 30 day period in 2010. The top technology occupations that include these skill sets included Web Developers, Software Engineers, and Computer Systems Analysts.


Hiring Demand for Computer Programming Languages

Hiring Demand for ProgrammersSource: WANTED Analytics


Below is a list of the volume of job ads and percent change versus the same 30-day period in 2010, listed in order of most job ads to least. Java was the most demanded occupation with more than 34,000 job ads over the past 30 days and seeing a 4.8% year-over-year growth. The highest year-over-year growth, however, was seen for Ruby (or Ruby on Rails) with more than a 35% increase versus last year. Unix and Visual Basic (or VB.NET) were the only 2 of these 10 programming languages that saw a decline in hiring demand.


Programming Language Number of Job Ads Year-over-Year % Change
Java 34,941 +4.8%
Unix 23,575 -3.4%
Javascript 20,225 +17.7%
Perl 10,106 +2.0%
Ajax 9,571 +2.5%
PHP 7,744 +15.7%
Python 5,756 +24.8%
Ruby (or Ruby on Rails) 3,508 +35.8%
Visual Basic (or VB.NET) 2,989 -9.5%
Delphi 293 +4.3%


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