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The trend has been there. It was a mere two years ago when we mentioned that Python was on the heels of Java. And, we wanted to see a few consistent quarters with it being the case to make sure it was not a temporary surge. The data has shown unequivocally that Python is now the most dominant language. In a world where the new guard always seems to get press, it is an old stalwart that has fended off the up-and-coming crowd.

The first data collection that showed this revelation happened in January of 2019. At that time, Python and Java were nose-to-nose in the results. Over the course of the last year (four quarters), each quarter for Java remained stagnant. A plus-minus of 100 was the outcome. While not losing too much ground, not gaining any either. Meanwhile, those same four quarters have resulted in plus 500 for Python. Needless to say, it remains in growth mode.

As an engineer looking to progress in ones career, it is of the utmost importance to constantly enhance ones skill set to remain relevant. After all, nobody is interested in an expert with knowledge about a language that is deemed irrelevant. After analyzing the latest batch of data in our quarterly skills watch, it is apparent that Golang (Go) is a language on the rise. The C++, Python and Java mix based language developed by three Google engineers, Robert Griesemer, Rob Pike, and Ken Thompson, has shown considerable strength over the last couple of years.

Looking to see if the skills you possess are the ones most in demand? Are there areas within your overall skill set that need to be addressed to increase your marketability? We have combined the categories within our skills profiles to showcase what the ultimate DevOps engineer would look like based on corporate demand. Not only can you see the skill in each category that is currently at the top of the mountain, but also the ones realizing the greatest percentage growth. Essentially, one can view the incumbent and the challengers on its heels. Therefore, the notion of the ultimate DevOps engineer is fluid, and a certain skill can change on a quarter by quarter basis.

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