Santa Cruz Tech Beat


The 5 Most Important Programming Languages You Need to Know Now

By Lisa Sullivan
Armada Group

October 24, 2017 — Santa Cruz, CA

With the number of available programming languages being so great, it can be hard to determine which ones to focus on as a method of forwarding a career in the field. While there are opportunities that require almost every language, some options are more in-demand than others. If you are looking to position yourself as a top talent in the field today, here are the five most important programming languages you need to know.

1. Java

Java is widely used in enterprise environments, making it an in-demand skill for developers throughout the country. This language also plays a large role in e-commerce and web development, making it highly desirable for smaller businesses as well. Java is also recognized for its high level of flexibility, as code written in Java can be used in a variety of environments and multiple device types without requiring substantial (if any) changes.

2. JavaScript

With web development being critical to many businesses, JavaScript remains a top skill for any front or backend developer to possess. JavaScript is used on anything from regular websites to Android smartphone applications, so professionals who understand this language may see a significant number of opportunities for growth and advancement.

3. C++

Another commonly requested programming language is C++. Considered an enhanced variant of C, this object-oriented language that utilizes a class-based system is seen as highly portable thanks to its ability to run on multiple operating systems with limited (if any) changes being required. It is also highly prevalent in the working world today, so companies maintaining legacy programs may prefer a developer with C++ skills.

4. Python

Python is connected to both machine learning and web development. It is prized for its highly readable syntax, which can make it easier to use and simpler to learn. The language is also especially portable, allowing it to be interpreted by a range of operating systems. For workplaces that don’t limit themselves to a single OS, this can be a boon that they simply can’t ignore, leading them to pursue professionals with Python experience specifically.

5. SQL

While learning SQL isn’t necessarily considered a glamorous pursuit, it’s high level of use in our data-driven world has kept it popular. Widely used to query databases, SQL is anticipated to have a seat at the table for the foreseeable future as it is considered a staple in the relational database community. Additionally, since SQL has been around for decades, it is used by the majority of businesses that have a need for data, making it especially prevalent in the working world.

While these five languages aren’t the only options available to learn in our tech-oriented world, they do represent those that are in the highest demand. If you would like to know more or are looking for a new position as a programmer, the team at The Armada Group can assist you with your goals. Contact us to discuss your professional and educational experience today and see which top employers in the area are looking for workers like you.


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