There are so many languages that are being used for different purposes, hence, choosing the ones you want to study depends mostly on what you are interested in doing. A report released on Tuesday by programming course site CodingNomads highlighted the best programming languages for 2022.

Not only satisfying your own professional interests, you naturally want to choose a language that’s in demand among employers and promises a good benefit. CodingNomads got this in mind and examined the most popular languages based on job postings and on salary.

Looking at the greatest number of job postings on LinkedIn across the U.S. and Europe, CodingNomads awarded the top spot to Python. In second place was Java, JavaScript, C++, C#, C, TypeScript, PHP, Perl, and Ruby.

Analyzing the average salaries of the most in-demand languages according to data from Indeed and Glassdoor, CodingNomads put Ruby in first place with an average salary in the U.S. of $111,994. C++ came in second with a salary of $103,818. The other languages and their salaries were Python at $103,540, JavaScript/TypeScript at $100,492, Java at $96,786, C# at $89,203, PHP at $85,435, Perl at $83,159 and C at $82,924.

Python

Python is used for a variety of tasks from simple scripting to advanced web applications and artificial intelligence. For developers interested in data science or machine learning as well as overall software development and web development, Python is the best language to learn, according to CodingNomads.

Java

The time-tested language, Java, is widely used by organizations around the world. Java is the main language behind Android, which owns an 85% share of the mobile market. It’s also the most popular language for the Internet of IoT devices. Java is considered harder to learn than Python but easier than C or C++, according to CodingNomads.

SQL

Not listed among the top 10, as it’s more a querying language than a programming language, SQL boasted more job postings than all the other languages on the list in both the U.S. and Europe. No matter what programming language you use, you’ll typically use SQL to talk to databases. Therefore, learning this language is a good idea for most software developers.

JavaScript

JavaScript is used on more than 97% of the world’s websites. It allows us to set up dynamic and interactive content, animated graphics, and other complex features on the web. It’s also the most popular language among contributors on GitHub. Unlike the other languages covered in the report, JavaScript is primarily a client-side language in that it executes within a web browser.

Whichever languages you choose to study and pursue, CodingNomads advised that if we try to split our time learning multiple languages at once, it will take us a very long time to get proficient at any of them. Hence, they advise to focus and get really good at one language. This will make it easier to pick up additional languages in the future.

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