Programming in general is a valuable skill when it comes to searching for jobs, but employers will pay more for some of them. If you’re wondering what you should learn to broaden your horizon, here’s a list of the top 12 paying skills right now.
The digital news site Quartz scoured an exhaustive report from the Brookings Institution containing data on thousands of American job ads, and then filtered out all of the programming skills. The salary for each skill listed is an average based on those thousands of job listings. Here are the top five:
- Ruby on Rails: $ 109,460
- Objective C: $ 108,225
- Python: $ 100,717
- JAVA: $ 94,908
- C++: $ 93,502
It’s important to keep in mind that a high salary doesn’t necessarily mean that the the position is high demand. Additionally, focusing on only one skill can hurt you down the line if a certain language falls dramatically in use or popularity. Pick a few of the most sought after skills to become familiar with and, most importantly, learn how to learn. If you know how to pick up any programming skill quickly, you’ll be much better off. To read more and see the rest of the top 12, check out the link below.