With the five most in-demand tech jobs in 2018 all being different flavors of developers, it’s no surprise that the skills employers are most looking for include only programming and markup languages. Our latest data reveals the top five most in-demand skills for tech jobs in 2018 to be:
Whether you’re a new developer or have been honing your skills for years, these are the languages to focus on as you grow your career—and brush up on before your next technical interview.
Given its ability to handle huge amounts of data, it’s no surprise Java is still a popular programming language, particularly with the recent rise of Big Data across virtually every industry. So while it may seem old school, it’s worth prioritizing Java—particularly over trendier, but often less useful, languages.
Taking the second slot for GitHub pull requests in 2017, is undeniable that Python is also high on companies’ lists. Flexible and good for beginners, Python is a primary language for top tech companies include Google and Dropbox.
Given that HTML is a markup—not a programming—language, it’s hard to compare it to the others on this list in terms of popularity, but there’s no denying HTML is a key skill for tech companies everywhere. And it’s often required of those in roles outside of engineering, such as in product management or even some marketing roles, so it’s not a bad idea to brush up on your HTML regardless of which type(s) of tech roles you’re targeting.
A level above HTML but still a fundamental language, CSS takes the #5 spot on our most-demanded list—not far from number seven, where it comes in on the GitHub and Redmonk reports. While HTML is more related to the structural elements of a web page, CSS is responsible for the visual aspects that a user interacts with—so given their close interaction, it’s no surprise that companies are looking for employees with fluency in both.
While it can be tempting to jump right into learning the most demanded skills, there may be others that are a better use of your time—but it really depends on which types of roles and companies you’d like to work for. Spend some time investigating in order to prioritize the skills most relevant to you, and remember that practice makes perfect, whether at work or on your own time, so take into account both your own preferences and what companies are looking for when deciding how to spend your time.