According to a recent article in Forbes, 59% of hiring managers are using ‘flexible’ talent – i.e. freelancers and other temporary talent. In addition, most companies believe this trend will significantly increase over the next decade. There are hundreds of programming languages out there, but which are the most common programming languages for freelancers? Put differently, how best can you future-proof your career as a freelance developer? Read on to find out.
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A good reason for Python being one of the most common programming languages for freelancers concerns its relationship with big data: Python is probably the most used programming language in Data Science. Powerful statistical and numerical packages exist in Python for data analysis (such as PyBrain, NumPy and MySQL). Anyone comfortable with the Python programming language can use it as a tool to organize, process, and visualize data. Even if programmers are not in a Data Science field, Python is still useful to them because most programmers deal with data, in one way or another, in their day-to-day work. And salaries confirm the in-demand nature of Python – the average US Python freelancer developer salary per annum, according to ZipRecruiter, is $105,224.
The Freelancer website states that ‘Java’s demand has risen sharply in the past few years, mainly due to the growth of Android phones.’ Android apps are built with Java, which means that if you’re interested in freelancing as an app developer, this is a language you should definitely learn. In addition, Java is also a very useful programming language, because it’s used on multiple platforms and for different types of programming, including web development and embedded programming (which refers to a specific type of programming that doesn’t operate on traditional operating systems).
Java is also a popular language. The TIOBE index looks at the popularity of various programming languages. This is determined by looking at the following variables: number of skilled engineers in a particular language world-wide, courses offered in that language and third party vendors. This information is combined with popular search engine results for the different languages on Google, Bing, Yahoo!, Wikipedia, Amazon, YouTube, etc. For April 2018, same as April 2017, Java was ranked as the most popular language.