Developer Job Trends
Written by Alex Denham   
Monday, 20 February 2012

HTML5 is the top growth category for US developer jobs with a 350,000% increase over the past 2 years, dwarfing any other category. Jobs for in Android mobile app development are also experiencing strong growth. But what does this mean in the overall programming language jobscape?

According to figures from Indeed.com, you need to be working in Objective C, Ruby or Python if you want to see increasing numbers of job adverts for your particular language, although when you consider the total number there are still a lot more Java jobs on offer than other languages.

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Indeed.com's analysis of job adverts shows that the requirement for the “traditional” languages of Java, C# , C++, Visual Basic and Perl had fairly flat and even declining tends over the past 12 months.

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The situation was quite different for Ruby which has achieved a massive 2500% increase in jobs advertised over the full 7-year period for which these stats are available. Python, Objective C, and JavaScript are also showing good growth. The growth in Objective C is most likely due to its popularity as a development environment for iOS apps, and in percentage terms it has seen 550% growth over the past year.

While relative growth matters – it's where new jobs might open up, the absolute number of jobs is arguably more important and when ask Indeed.com for the Absolute chart of ten languages Java is still way ahead with JavaScript in second place ahead of C# and C++, Perl Vivual Basic and Python and Ruby come next and at the bottom of the graph HTML5 has now overtaken Objective C:

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You can check out trends for your particular favourite languages by going to Indeed.com and changing the contents of the Find Trends search box. Select Relative if you want to see growth trends and Absolute if you want to know about the total pool of jobs on offer.

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