If you’re applying for a job as a software engineer, you might wonder which associated skills will make you most attractive to future employers. Knowledge of some ultra-popular programming languages can also give you an advantage during the job hunt.
In order to narrow down those skills, we can turn to Burning Glass, which collects and analyzes millions of job postings from across the country. Based on that data, employers obviously want engineers who’ve mastered the principles of software engineering and development (including, presumably, soft skills such as communication). Beyond that, though, there are several programming languages and tools popular at companies right now:
With tech unemployment at historical lows, companies everywhere are hungry for software engineers with the right mix of skills and experience. Low unemployment can also translate into more leverage for job candidates, which can often mean higher salaries and great benefits. At larger companies with substantial budgets, experienced engineers can easily earn six-figure compensation—but even smaller organizations without that kind of money for salaries are usually willing to negotiate on perks and benefits such as flexible schedules.