Using’s lovely API, I pulled the top 5 most common job listings based on programming languages. I selected these 20 languages based on the TIOBE Index. This is meant to help you understand what programming languages are in demand in your state generally speaking, but I definitely recommend doing your own research and looking even more in depth by searching for what is popular in your current city as well.

You also want to bear in mind that different programming languages are used for different purposes. JavaScript, for example, is the most commonly used language in web development, but Alabama shows that SQL is its most popular — meaning Alabama’s best programming market might be best for database engineers (take all this with a grain of salt). If you have your heart set on a specific type of development, drop a comment below — I’ll make more posts that dig up some data for every specialization.

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If you want to see the code I used to pull this see this repo. If you want to see a huge list with all the numbers as well you can see that here. NOTE: To calculate this data, I searched for the name of the programming language in the entire job description. Therefore for language like “go” and “c”, I was forced to use “golang” and “c programming” in an attempt to get more accurate data (the letter ‘c’ is in a lot of words).

States are in alphabetical order and programming languages are in order of the most jobs in that state.

Thanks for scrolling all the way to the bottom! If you want me to go into more depth for a specific city or a specific programming let me know ( or @tatianatylosky), and I would love to take a look. In the meantime, if you’re ready to become a web developer, check out Thinkful’s Web Development Bootcamp (or if you prefer data science, check out Data Science Bootcamp).

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