Each month, Gooroo Insights provides an update on key programming languages, how in demand they are, and what is being offered for them in the job market.
In terms of background, we are currently analysing ~500,000 tech jobs every single month, half of which are in the software development area. We take this data, pass it through a whole heap of natural language processing tools, some predictive algorithms we've decided, and output a number of key stats.
Where's [my.favourite.language]? We track 25 languages each month. The majority of them however are only found in less than 1% of all job ads. They really crowd up that left hand side of the chart. If you are interested in skills like Haskell, Lua, or Prolog, then you can visit the stats section of Gooroo to get all the details.
The overall view
The US market for tech jobs has increased significantly over the past few months although overall salaries have remained relatively steady between the $100,000 - $110,000 USD range. The number of jobs in each state varies considerably, as do their salaries.
Has the love affair with C# ended? We'll let you know next month!
Java roles are paying on average $103,000 AUD. R and Ruby jobs however are offering salaries in the $107 - 108,000 AUD range, although demand for those is extremely low with mentions in less than 2% of software development ads.
Key take-away points
- Java continues to demand higher salaries than most other skills, and is a good solid choice for career opportunities.
Important points about this analysis
When reading these charts, the lower the demand for a skill, the less reliable the salary indicators become. It only takes a handful of jobs to shift the data point. To compensate for this, we've used a weighted average based on the number of jobs at various salary points, although even this isn't perfect.
Job data is extremely useful as it's plentiful and provides a lot of fascinating and interesting data to work with. It also has its challenges. You should read our full disclosure about the analysis for an insight into these challenges.