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If you are considering a career move into Software Development, then you may be wondering what programming language is best to secure a Software Development position. According to Stack Overflow’s 2020 Developer Survey, the following programming languages are reported as the most commonly used:

  1. JavaScript
  3. SQL
  4. Python
  5. Java

Below we describe in more detail the types of Software Development and job titles associated with each programming language.

5 Best Programming Languages For Software Development:

1. JavaScript

JavaScript consistently ranks as a top pick for Software Developers. It is often used for front-end and back-end development and mobile development, likely because it is supported by all major browsers and is leveraged by the web’s top performing sites including Facebook and YouTube. It is also a great language for beginner Software Developers to learn.

JavaScript is listed on LinkedIn job postings for:

  • JavaScript Developer
  • Frontend Engineer
  • UI Engineer
  • Web Analyst
  • Web Developer
  • Head of SEO


HTML is technically a markup language and CSS describes how HML elements should be displayed. Nevertheless it is used extensively to provide great design and user experience on webpages.

HTML is listed on LinkedIn job postings for:

  • Email Marketing Specialist
  • UI/UX Web Designer
  • Web Developer
  • Marketing Specialist
  • Marketing Associate
  • SEO Specialist
  • Web Analyst

3. SQL

Like HTML, SQL is a language just not in the same sense as JavaScript or Python. SQL knowledge though is very much demanded as it helps organize and refer to data leveraged in web applications or mobile apps. Here is a scenario, a website is written using Python but it references user data. That data is stored in an organized database of tables that is written in SQL. To show the appropriate data for a user, the developer needs to issue SQL commands to find and display the data from the database. As you imagine all of the sites and applications you use regularly that store data unique to you, it is easy to understand why SQL knowledge is important for developers.

SQL is listed on LinkedIn job postings for:

  • SQL Database Manager
  • SQL Database Administrator
  • Data Analyst
  • Business System Analyst
  • SQL Developer
  • SQL Consultant

4. Python

Python is easily one of the most popular general purpose programming language and it is a great place for aspiring Software Developers to start. It is often used for backend development and a variety of application development including gaming, mobile, web apps and more. Python’s libraries also make it the ideal language for the fields of scientific computing, engineering, math, data science, machine learning, and more.

Python is listed on LinkedIn job postings for:

  • Python Analytics Consultant
  • VP of AI
  • Data Analyst
  • Python Research Engineer
  • Quantitative Developer
  • Software Engineer
  • Fullstack Engineer (Python)
  • Python Engineer

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5. Java

This list would not be complete without Java, which has been a stable language and popular among large organizations for decades. It can be used across platforms and it is often used for mobile and application development, especially Android app development. It is also leveraged in web and back end development.

Java is listed on LinkedIn job postings for:

  • Embedded Software Engineer
  • Programmer Analyst
  • Software Engineer
  • Java Developer
  • Software Developer

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