Ever wondered which is the most demanded programming language in 2022? Although there are more than 200+ programming languages, only few of them are used in the real world industry. Knowing this information is essential to succeed in the developer job industry.
In the last 8 months (from Oct-2021 to Jun-2022), DevJobsScanner has analyzed more than 7M developer jobs. From that 7M jobs, DevJobsScanner has only picked the job offers that explicitly required a programming language. Job offers with 4+ language or stack requirements were discarded.
So, keep reading below to know which languages are the most demanded 👇
2 - Python
Without making much noise, Python has made its journey to be the second most demanded programming language in 2022. Its versatility, from scripting, running servers or for data analysis, has been key to achieving this milestone. Also, Python has one of the greatest and bigger communities out there.
During these eight months we have found 290K job offers that accounts for a total of 20% of jobs that explicitly required Python as a programming language.
3 - Java
In the top three spot, as the third most demanded programming language, we found Java. Java language has been really popular since its creation in 1995. Even though this popularity has been decreasing over the last years with the appearance of more modern languages like Kotlin, it still holds a solid top three spot. Frameworks like Spring, used in many top tier companies, are helping to hold that position.
4 - C#
The top four spot goes to C#. C# is a general purpose, multi-paradigm, object-oriented programming language, created mainly to address some of the weaknesses of C++. As a general purpose language, C# has a wide range of use cases. The most common usage of C# is with the .NET framework. It is also heavily used in the Unity game framework for scripting. Both .NET framework and Unity are popular among top tier companies.
5 - PHP
The language that started as a simple “Personal Home Page Tool”, here the name PHP, has made an incredible journey since then. Twenty-seven years since its creation, PHP is still the fifth top most demanded language. PHP is mainly used for web development, in conjunction with frameworks like Laravel or Wordpress.
6 - C/C++
Fifty years have passed since the first release of C, and 37 years from the later appearance of C++, which was firstly named “C with Classes”. In this long window of time, C/C++ has maintained its popularity with regular additions and improvements to the language. Modern C++ includes object-oriented, generics and also functional features. It also facilitates low level memory manipulation. Its usage in the industry is widely extended, C++ can be found on video games, servers, databases, space probes and many others.
7 - Ruby
Ruby holds the top seven most demanded programming language with 70K jobs found (5% from the total job demand). Its most popular usage comes in conjunction with the web framework Ruby on Rails. Even though top seven may not seem much, Ruby runs some of the top tech companies nowadays, like Twitter, Crunchbase or Github.
8 - GO
Go is a young language created only 12 years ago by Google. Google designed Go to improve programming productivity in an era of multicore, networked machines and large codebases. As seen in the chart below, Go's popularity is slowly growing, and in 2023 it may be in the top five. Top tier companies like Uber or Twitch are using Go.
- Jobs Found: ~30K (2%)
- Keywords: Go
Most Demanded Programming Languages (full list)
Below is the complete chart with the programming languages and its respective demand in this 2022:
...and the same view subdivided by months:
Python and Java are the second and third most demanded programming languages in 2022 with a great number of job offers also. Notice that Java has surpassed Python in the last month with a consistent uptrend tendency, so anyone that may say that Java is an obsolete programming language may need to reconsider.
C# is the other language to take a look at, during these 8 months, it has been slowly increasing. The same accounts for GO, it is consistently increasing month by month. These both languages, especially Go, may take a bigger role and job market share in the future.