Top 5 programming languages that will be in demand for the next 10 years

These programming languages command high salaries and will be relevant throughout the next decade.

Author
David

These languages are ranked in no particular order, as I believe proficiency in any of these skill-sets will be valuable for the foreseeable future.  They'll be in demand at least for the next decade, and will continue to command high salaries.

In tech, ten years is an eternity, but I think the landscape has normalized to the point where we can make some safe assumptions in terms of what programming languages will last.

In modern programming, there's various environments where code runs, like for device drivers, the kernel, the web (which involves a web browser that communicates with a web server), the cloud, mobile and desktop applications, and embedded systems dedicated to specific tasks.

These are different environments, and all required for the functionality of our society.  The following tools are used in production on most environments, giving them longer staying power and marketability for those with the skills.

A language needs support, contribution, and wide adoption for its viability.  If there's no interest, then there's no enhancements and improvements, and it will die.

These languages will live a long time, and we'd certainly recommend them to anyone looking to enter the software development industry.

JavaScript

As JavaScript has become more useful as a server-side language, it's importance has grown exponentially.  We at Krohn Media not only use JavaScript in virtually all projects that involve a web browser, but are using NodeJS for projects that need lightning-fast processing of inbound HTTP requests.

For our projects that have required heavy scalability server-side, we've always been surprised at how fast it is.  We live in a web API world, and NodeJS is used by any high-volume service, like Netflix and PayPal.

JavaScript gains even more importance from its original environment: the web browser.  As more applications utilize the browser, JavaScript demand increases.

Golang (Go)

We're in the process of moving some legacy server-side production code over to Golang, and so far we like it.

It's a very in-demand skill, designed at Google by some pioneers of programming languages and Unix.  Because of its credibility and support, along with its usefulness and growing popularity, we believe it will be in demand for years to come.

Python

I've used Python for decades for server-side and security-related scripting.  I've always considered it to be the Swiss army knife of programming languages because you can do pretty much anything with it.

It's a very clean language syntactically, and it's an excellent skill for new programmers to learn.  Python will always be in demand.

Rust

Rust is another language that's relatively new and growing in popularity, with some big names behind it like Mozilla and Brave's Brendan Eich (who created JavaScript).  This new language is evolving, but it has some unique features that will keep it relevant for many years.

Swift

Apple isn't going anywhere, and Swift is their language for application development on Mac and mobile devices.

Conclusion

There's definitely other languages that can make this list, but we're very confident that these fun and (still) hot languages have the support, demand, and credibility to last.