The 5 most lucrative development languages

Plenty of opportunities lie in wait for the best coders.

For all you jokesters out there: No, the language of love is not one of them.

Now that that's out of the way, it's worth nothing that this wasn't an easy list to scrap together, and there were quite a few honorable mentions. Runner-ups include Swift, PHP, C, C++ and C#. 

Without further ado, these are the most lucrative programming languages:

1. SQL

Standing for Structured Query Language and commonly pronounced "sequel," SQL is the standard language for most databases. Practically any function you need to execute on a database (send or receive data, copy, paste, drag drop, etc.) is made possible with SQL. 

According to Coding Dojo, SQL is everywhere – from the data warehouses of big businesses to the server rooms of tiny colleges, and even between the lines of code in mobile apps on your smartphone such as Google, Skype and Dropbox. More importantly, it's not going away anytime soon. 

Lines of code can also line your pockets.Lines of code can also line your pockets.

2. R

There are few letters in the in the English alphabet that can make you more than $100,000 a year, but R is one of them. It's no secret that Big Data and advanced analytics are where the money's at, and R is the go-to language used by data scientists. 

According to Network World, business intelligence analysts, data scientists and data modelers are all expecting to see salary hikes in 2017

R you?

3. Java

"Senior Java developers can earn  $115,000 a year or more. "

Java is one of the few languages that has its own motto: "Write once, run anywhere." The slogan was created by Sun Microsystems, mainly as a way to convey the cross-platform benefits of the language. Java is, among other things, the primary development language for Android applications, as well as the vast majority of desktop applications.  

It's not surprising then, that senior Java developers can earn around $115,000 a year or more

4. Python

Python is cool for all the following reasons:

  1. It was named after Monty Python. 
  2. It's also the name of a really big snake. 
  3. It's actually one of the easiest languages to learn. 

Part of Python's beauty is how it reads – very similar to the English language – which is why it recently "bumped Java as the language of choice in introductory programming courses." 

Also, Google and NASA both rely heavily on Python, hence the fact that senior-level Python developers can earn six figures a year. 

5. Ruby on Rails

Last but not least, this gem combines a general purpose programming language (Ruby) with a streamlined framework (Rails) for filling in basic coding patterns. What you end up with is an elegant language that lets you develop swiftly, which is part of the reason why so many desktop applications use it, and the reason why you should know it. 

If you're well-versed in Ruby on Rails, or any of the other languages on this list, you're in good shape to make a name for yourself in the software development world. Get started today at the prosourceIT career portal