It’s less than two months till the end of 2020. The time to start stock-taking and next year forecast-making. Which is kind of always fun, isn’t it? Summing up what this year has brought us and speculating on what to expect in the next year. That is exactly what we are going to do today: take a look at what happened in the software development industry in 2020, as well as making some careful predictions for 2021.
Even though for some time now we’ve been seeing the opposite predictions, about the world having too many programmers by now and AI soon to be taking a chunk of the most mundane coding tasks, so far the demand for developers has been only growing. And the next year most likely won’t be an exception. The COVID-19 epidemic should play its part, especially if the vaccine won’t be ready till the end of 2020 and the spread of the virus continues with renewed lockdowns around the world. As global quarantines drive the demand for digital services even higher causing a spike in digitalization that wasn’t expected by the market, it looks like businesses will need to hire even more programmers to keep up with the demand.
And this isn’t even our own forecast. According to this prediction, Java, Kotlin, and Scala will continue to rock as the most popular trio on the software development market today. “Java’s runtime, Java Virtual Machine offers an excellent foundation for JAVA and many popularly used programming languages like Kotlin and Scala use JVM as their runtime,” the analysts note.
Even though AI has been a hot niche for several years now, it won’t stop making news in 2021. More and more businesses in various industries are starting to adopt AI technologies and integrate them into their work processes. Naturally, the demand for developers experienced in AI projects should go through the roof in 2021, and their salaries will follow.
As you probably know, one of the COVID-19 epidemic’s most positive effects of the tech industry is supercharging the shift from office to remote work. The dramatic shift has taken place early in 2020, and next year even more companies should adapt to the new reality and allow their employees to work from home. Which is just amazing, isn’t it?
With ML and AI development on the rise, Python should continue its steady growth, and the demand for Python coders should be rising as well. On the other hand, the fact that Python is now widely learnt and the number of Python developers is steadily increasing should certainly toughen the competition for jobs among Python developers, which normally affects the salaries in a negative way.