First, let’s look at the trends from Indeed.com:
Now onto the short-term trends from SimplyHired.com:
The trend data for SimplyHired is now 10 months old, actually older than our last update in February. I have included the graph mainly to show its age, but it is likely that SimplyHired trends will be removed in later updates.
Lastly, we look at the relative growth trends from Indeed.com. This compares percentage growth as opposed to percentage of all postings:
Overall, the demand is either staying flat or growing slowly in 2013. This is much better than the trends in 2012. These trends mirror those trends from the traditional languages. The big difference here is that these languages are growing much faster than the traditional languages. Based on the buzz on blogs, Python and Ruby continue to be used in many startups, while typical enterprise languages like Java are rare in startups. The growth and demand patterns also show that many companies are likely moving to a polyglot model. Maybe the enterprise or batch side of an application is written in Java, but the consumer web application starts in Ruby or Python.
Lastly, I will be reviewing all of the programming language trends over the next few months to determine the best way to slice and dice this information. I will not be including SimplyHired any longer if the trends data is not updated and I would like to look at other data points as well. Hopefully I get the time to change things before the next batch of updates.
- Traditional Programming Language Job Trends – August 2013 (regulargeek.com)
- Java devs among best-paid in industry (jaxenter.com)
- Best Programming Languages to Learn in 2013: The Elite Eight (udemy.com)