Top 5 In-Demand Coding Languages for Biggest US Tech Hubs [Infographic]

May 11, 2017

11:20 am

May is here and with it comes a scurry of graduating college students soon to enter the professional world. Whether graduates will take on their first big kid’s job, start interning at a large firm, or find an interim role, knowing where their skill set is most needed will help direct their next steps. For coders and developers, their skill sets are more in demand than ever before, but each city has different needs.

To make things easier, Coding Dojo, an onsite and online coding bootcamp, today released their findings regarding what the most in demand coding languages are for 11 of the largest U.S. tech hubs. From Seattle to Washington D.C., Python appears to be the common thread between most cities, with Java and C# mixed throughout. Coding Dojo also found that Ruby on Rails is in further decline, and only broke into the top five for San Jose and Atlanta.

“This data backs up much of what we’ve known anecdotally in the developer community for years, like the lukewarm job demand for developer favorite language Ruby on Rails and just how high of a demand there is for Java,” stated Coding Dojo Head of Curriculum, Speros Misirlakis. “It’s a good reminder that the technology developers like and talk about are not necessarily the same ones that businesses use. Based on this research, we’re removing Ruby on Rails and Swift classes from some of our locations and adding Java, C# and PHP to others to better prepare our students for careers in those job markets.”

Coding Dojo compiled their findings through a combination of geographic job postings on Dice.com and indeed.com related to programming, the average monthly Google search volume for keywords related to these languages, and with interviews of Coding Dojo instructors about student demand for each language.

New York

  1. JavaScript / MEAN stack and Bloomberg
  2. Java
  3. Python
  4. C#
  5. Swift / iOS

Los Angeles

  1. Python and SpaceX
  2. Java
  3. JavaScript / MEAN stack
  4. C#
  5. PHP

Chicago

  1. Python and Google
  2. Java
  3. JavaScript / MEAN stack
  4. C#
  5. PHP

Philadelphia

  1. Java and Lockheed Martin
  2. JavaScript / MEAN stack
  3. Python
  4. C#
  5. Swift / iOS

Dallas

  1. Python and Capital One
  2. Java
  3. JavaScript / MEAN stack
  4. C#
  5. PHP

San Jose

  1. Python and Apple
  2. Java
  3. JavaScript / MEAN stack
  4. Swift / iOS
  5. Ruby on Rails

Washington D.C.

  1. Python and Amazon and Capital One (tie)
  2. Java
  3. JavaScript / MEAN stack
  4. C#
  5. PHP

Houston

  1. JavaScript / MEAN stack and JP Morgan Chase
  2. Java
  3. Python
  4. C#
  5. PHP

Boston

  1. Python and Akamai
  2. Java
  3. JavaScript / MEAN stack
  4. C#
  5. PHP

Atlanta

  1. Python and Home Depot
  2. Java
  3. JavaScript / MEAN stack
  4. Ruby on Rails
  5. C#

Seattle

  1. Python and Amazon
  2. Java
  3. JavaScript / MEAN stack
  4. C#
  5. Swift / iOS

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Elliot is an award winning journalist deeply ingrained in the startup world and is often digging into emerging technology and data. When not writing, he's likely either running or training for a triathlon. You can contact him by email at elliot(@)elliotvolkman.com or follow him on Twitter @thejournalizer.

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