With tech booming and job openings for developers increasing by double-digit percentages every year, it has seemingly never been a better time to be a developer. But salary and work environments can vary considerably from programming language to programming language.
Of course, programming language popularity isn't always correlated with salary. Despite the fact that Computer Science Zone counted almost 150,000 job openings calling for Java skills in December 2014, Java jobs, with an average salary of $84,000 across nearly 150,000 openings, far lagged Scala, which had an average salary of $112,000 but just 3,500 open positions.
Implications for API Providers
While it's difficult to predict which established programming languages will remain popular and which up-and-coming programming languages will sustain their growth, API providers can count on a few trends.
First, the number of programming languages being actively used is only likely to increase. With more and more companies, particularly startups, embracing microservices, there's room for many programming languages and stacks to find niches. API providers should consider this and be thoughtful about the programming languages they develop tutorials and SDKs for.