8 Best Programming Languages To Learn For Career Success

Best Programming Languages to Learn in 2021

Technology advances at a phenomenal rate. Therefore, the best programming languages to learn in terms of skills that hiring managers are looking for might change over time. For this reason, we keep this blog post updated according to the skills that are most in-demand. We last edited the below list in July 2021.

1 — Python

If you’re a recent school or college leaver, you’ve likely come across Python already. If you’re further on in life and learning computer coding languages to switch careers, Python is a good starting point.

Python is considered one of the best programming languages to learn because it is so easy to grasp. This is what it looks like on screen
The internet is full of practical examples that will help make learning Python fun!

What Jobs Can You Get With Python?

Python’s main uses are in Back End Development and Data Engineering, and many companies advertise purely for Python Developers. However, due to its popularity, Python can open doors to many other surprising careers, including:

  • Web Developer
  • Data Analyst
  • Software Tester
  • Quality Assurance (QA) Engineer
  • IT Teacher
  • Computer Science Lecturer
  • Data Journalist
  • Financial Advisor

2 — JavaScript

JavaScript is the programming language behind most of what you see on the internet. In fact, it is currently the most commonly used computer language globally.

What Jobs Can You Get With JavaScript?

In addition to learning JavaScript, companies may expect you to be fluent in one of its frameworks. The most in-demand of which are Angular, React, Vue.js and Node.js.

  • Back End Software Development or Software Engineering
  • Front End Development
  • Full Stack Development
  • Game Development
  • Mobile App Development

3 — SQL

SQL — pronounced sequel, or ess queue Elle — stands for Structured Query Language. It is the most commonly used language for communicating with and editing data contained within databases. While that might sound a little abstract, the best way to understand what SQL does is to consider it in the context of Facebook.

What Jobs Can You Get With SQL?

SQL is one of the most widely used programming languages worldwide. Therefore, taking the time to learn SQL can open up quite an array of career options such as:

  • SQL Server Developer
  • Software Engineer
  • Business Analyst
  • Data Scientist
  • Database Administrator or Manager
  • Quality Assurance Engineer (or QA Tester)
  • Researcher
  • College Tutor
  • University Lecturer
  • Data Journalist
Data analyst looking for trends amongst the figures
Data is one of the hottest commodities right now. Understanding how to interpret and utilise that data can make you highly employable.

4 — PHP

PHP is a widely-used open source programming language that focuses on server-side scripting. Developers use PHP to create web forms, shopping carts, chat forums and many other elements that enable two-way interaction between users and the internet.

What Jobs Can You Get With PHP?

PHP is so widely used that many companies specifically require PHP Developers. Apart from that, the most commonly advertised job titles requiring PHP skills are Back-End Developer, Software Engineer and Full-Stack Developer.

5 — C#

C#, pronounced see sharp, is another object-oriented programming language similar to JavaScript. Many beginners wonder if C# and JavaScript do a similar job, which is the best one to learn?

What Jobs Can You Get With C#?

From an employability perspective, many of the hiring managers we work with seem to think that JavaScript is the future. That said, C# is still a highly sought after skill. Therefore it’s doubtful that anyone learning this language will find themselves out of a job.

Gaming developers working on their latest project
Games development is often considered to be one of the sexiest job roles in tech. If this is your ambition, C# could be the language for you.

6 — Java

Java is a computing language made for developing applications we use on desktops, laptops, games consoles, scientific supercomputers, mobile phones… Just about any devices you can think of.

What Jobs Can You Get With Java?

Java is an excellent language to learn if you want to work for large corporations on big projects. The job titles that you could attain by learning Java include:

  • Software Developer
  • Java Developer
  • Software Engineer
  • Technical Architect
  • Chief Technology Officer
  • Back End Developer
  • Full-Stack Developer
  • Android Developer
  • Mobile App Developer

7 — Go

Go is developed by Google and much in the same way that Google quickly dominated the internet, Go has become extremely popular in a very short time. Often also called Golang, it’s another open-source programming language that is designed to make it easy to build reliable, efficient software.

What Jobs Can You Get With Golang?

As IT recruitment consultants, we are seeing a surprising number of jobs for Go Developers. Other job titles asking for Go skills include Software Development, Software Engineer, Back-End Developer and Full Stack Development.

8 — Swift

Swift is the language that was first licenced by Apple’s co-founder Steve Jobs. So if it’s your ambition to create iOS, iPadOS, tvOS or watchOS apps, Swift is the language you should learn.

What Jobs Can You Get With Swift?

It probably goes without saying that as it’s Apple’s language, the most popular job title you will find relating to Swift is iOS Developer. Other job titles include; Front End Swift Developer and Mobile App Developer. No matter what the job title, it’s most likely that you’ll never be out of a job designing or engineering iOS Apps if you learn Swift.

Computing students researching the best computer languages to learn
The best computing language for you to learn will depend on your interests and career goals.

A Word of Caution on Bootcamps

Bootcamps are a fashionable way to learn coding skills. However, they can be expensive. Also, whenever we speak to hiring managers after interviewing job applicants who have attended bootcamps, we repeatedly hear the same criticism.

A Few Final Thoughts on The Best Computer Languages to Learn

Students often look for the easiest computer language to learn, because let’s face it, learning complicated subjects is less fun. When subjects are no fun to learn, we quickly lose interest. That said, the first computer language you learn will always be the hardest.

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Rachael. Adria Solutions

Rachael. Adria Solutions

Hi there! I’m Rachael, Marketing Manager at Adria Solutions Ltd. Read more about me here: https://www.adriasolutions.co.uk/blog