I’m trying to choose a computer programming course and I was wondering if you could steer me in the right direction by giving me some idea of which computer programming languages employers look for most often. I don’t want to end up learning languages that are rarely asked for.
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Continuous learning is your super power
Employers need people like you to pick up new languages and platforms just-in-time. But don’t skip the fundamental languages and platforms that the web is built on.
Programming languages that are in-demand in 2017
- Demand for Java and Python programmers continues to grow
- Mobile developers are in demand. Swift is hot for developing iOS apps. Java and Go are great for Android development
- You can’t go wrong by learning the C languages: C#, C++ and Objective-C
Which programming language should you learn next?
If you know Java, Python and some of the other always in-demand languages listed above, then consider learning some new technologies that are needed for these rapidly emerging technologies:
- Artificial intelligence (AI): The Internet of Things and automation is finally happening big time thanks to recent developments in artificial intelligence, machine learning and deep learning.
- Augmented reality (AR): We’re seeing lots of buzz about augmented reality (AR). Remember when Pokemon Go took over the world. That was only the tip of the iceberg for AR. Virtual Reality (VR) goes hand-in-hand with AR.
- FinTech: A revolution in Banking and Finance technology. Blockchain, bitcoin, data storage, privacy and protection are the key areas for FinTech development.
Artificial Intelligence is the biggest technology trend for Toronto
Toronto is a global leader in AI research and development
According to this TechNorth-McKinsey Report released in December 2016, Toronto has everything it takes to build a global technology supercluster of expertise in artificial intelligence and quantum computing.
Toronto is a world leader in AI development, which means AI and machine learning may be a good choice for your professional development.
Don’t be discouraged by the high bar of entry to AI engineering jobs
AI Research engineers, Machine Learning Engineers, Data Scientists and Deep Learning Engineer are in high demand and command excellent pay. You’ll find that some of the advertised AI jobs require a PhD. With the right mix of skills and experience, you can find the loophole in that PhD requirement.
A background in mathematics, probability and statistics gives you a leg up for AI jobs.
Machine learning and data science are built with the same algorithms that are traditionally uses in Statistics. Linear Algebra, vectors and some Calculus will give you a big head start in machine learning.
We’re seeing a push to hire women and people of colour to develop AI to offset the gender and racial bias that will be baked into AI if continues to be primarily developed by young men.
Key skills in demand for AI Research and Development
Some of the skills in demand for AI development are data science or statistics, data mining, machine learning, Python, R, C++, MatLab, TensorFlow, Scala and Apache Spark.
What are the most popular programming languages in 2017
The PYPL PopularitY of Programming Language Index is created by analyzing how often language tutorials are searched on Google.
Github Trending shows you the top open source projects that are trending on GitHub and the top trending programming languages.
CodeEval is a platform where developers can showcase their skills by participating in app building competitions and solving programming challenges. This is a great way to impress employers with their technical skills. They compared data points from over 100 thousand coding tests and challenges by over two thousand employers.
The TIOBE Programming Community index rates the popularity of programming languages based on the number of skilled engineers world-wide, courses and third party vendors.
Great places to learn new programming skills
Now that you know which programming skills are most in demand in the Toronto IT job market, it’s time to take the next step.
Awesome places to learn and build a community in Toronto:
Learn new programming skills online:
Did I miss any programming skills or training opportunities that you think people should know about? Please leave a comment to let me know.
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