The rapidly changing environment of software development can be challenging if you’re keeping away from the trends. New technologies and languages come in, challenging the old ones. However, it is not always that the old technologies are replaced by the newcomers. Here is a perfect mix of the new and the old, and uniquely both are topping the charts.
Blockchain is Rising like a Tsunami
Blockchain technologies are being adapted by businesses across numerous industries. More companies are recognizing the benefits of Blockchain technologies in increasing transaction speed, getting rid of intermediaries and reducing operational costs. The rising popularity of Blockchain has increased the demand for developers who work with these technologies. And the numbers are staggering!
Since last December, Indeed.com’s recently published statistics as shared on Coindesk reveal that the number of blockchain jobs posted in the U.S. has risen by a whopping 207 percent.[i] Furthermore, since November 2015, the number of blockchain jobs has increased by 631 percent! The popularity of blockchain technologies is seen in the drastic rise of blockchain jobs and searches for blockchain employees online.
Second only to robotics specialists, blockchain developers are earning handsomely for their expertise. The median income for blockchain developers in the U.S. is $130,000 a year, compared to general software developers, whose annual median pay is $105,000, according to Matt Sigelman, CEO of job data analytics firm Burning Glass Technologies.[ii] In areas well-known for computer technology such as Silicon Valley, the median annual salary for a blockchain developer is $158,000, compared with a general software developer who is paid $140,000. [ii]
Blockchain is ruling the freelance industry and how. According to Upwork, the largest global freelancing portal, blockchain was the second fastest-growing freelance skill in Q3 2017.
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All 20 fastest-growing freelance skills experienced more than 100 percent year-over-year growth, while the top ten grew more than 200 percent compared to the same time period last year (Q3 2016).[iii]
Companies are serious about implementing Blockchain in their business. Even consulting and IT organizations such as Accenture and IBM are implementing variations of the Blockchain. Since businesses are finding value in it, Blockchain jobs are only going to rise with time.
Microsoft Programming Languages Still Rule
Also topping the ratings is Microsoft’s Visual Studio. Reigning supreme atop the IDE popularity list maintained by the Popularity of Programming Language (PYPL) Index, Visual Studio is steadily holding the market share for about the past 12 years.[v]
Source: PYPL Index
The PYPL Popularity of Programming Language Index is created by analysing how often language tutorials are searched on Google. The more a language tutorial is searched, the more popular the language is assumed to be. The raw data comes from Google Trends. If you believe in collective wisdom, the PYPL Popularity of Programming Language index can help you to decide which language to study, or which one to use in a new software project.
Visual Studio, a cross-platform, free open source code editor is expected to see many more years at the number one spot, as it continues to add various new features.