Which programming language should you learn? Depends upon the bank you want to work for
If you want to ensure your future employability in finance, you might want to learn how to code. After all, Goldman Sachs already employs 9,000 "engineers" and spent nearly $900m on technology last year; J.P. Morgan employs 50,000 and plans to spend nearly $11bn on technology this year. The numbers are growing, but technology in banking is already huge and investment banks are some of the biggest hirers of programming talent in the UK.
However, you'll need to choose your language carefully. Banks hire programmers in some languages a lot more than others and not every bank is equal. Different banks have different preferences. And if you want to work for a tech firm like Google or Amazon, you'll need to know different languages again.
The (many) charts below depict the number of jobs in each programming language which have been advertised by top employers across the UK over the past 12 months. Based upon data from analytics company Burning Glass, they are for the economy as a whole, not just for finance. Even so, finance firms often come out on top: in combination, banks advertised over 12,000 technology jobs in the UK during the period.
Of course, the charts below are retrospective. Just because Goldman Sachs and J.P. Morgan didn't seem to need any Haskell coders last year, who's to say they won't need them next year? It will surely be a while, though, before Java coding goes out of fashion.
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