Python was created by Dutch programmer Guido van Rossum and released in 1991. It is an object-oriented programming language that is structured around code readability. Python is a dynamic programming language, and similar to Java, possesses a garbage collector for memory management.
van Rossum was quoted in saying that he “certainly didn’t set out to create a language that was intended for mass consumption.” Unfortunately for van Rossum (but fortunately for programmers), Python became one of the most popular programming languages in the world; even going as far as to yield more Google searches than Kim Kardashian! Python entered Google Trends’ “most popular programming languages” index in 2003 and has not left since. As of 2019, Python was ranked the world’s most popular programming language:
Although a nice chart may seem convincing, simply stating that a language is popular is not enough to convince a developer to put in the countless hours it takes to master a new programming language. There needs to be more incentive! Here are some major reasons why a software developer should learn Python!
Python Creates Jobs
Software development positions are expected to grow by 22% in the United States within the next 10 years. This is a much faster rate than the national average expected job growth rate, which is a petrifying 0.4%. As more and more Americans enter the software development field, competition in the job market is growing. A study by Northeastern University ranked Python as the number one most popular programming language, claiming to have created 19,000 jobs in 2020 with an average salary of $120,000. Learning Python puts you ahead of the curb and increases the chances of getting hired as a software developer.
Great Language for Beginners
Python has simple syntax and is read from top to bottom. It is read as plain english for the most part, which makes it a great starting point for beginners trying to learn how to program. Python has been around for 30 years, so the documentation and references for this language are easily accessible and thoroughly developed. It is also integrated with C and C++, two other popular programming languages. This means that learning Python first will make it easier for developers to start programming in C or C++. Python also has a ton of communities devoted to helping people learn and improve their skill set. Scrimba and Google both offer free Python courses for beginners.
One of the Most Versatile Programming Languages Available
Along with being a web-development language, Python is used for mining data off the web, programming artificial intelligence, machine learning, financial services, and data-science. This opens the doors to many different types of industries for anyone that knows this programming language. It is also recommended to people who are not developers, but want to use the language to make their jobs easier. Python can also be used as a scripting language, which makes it a great tool to automate tedious and repetitive tasks that can normally take a person hours to complete. There are so many videos available on YouTube teaching how to automate anything with Python. Watching a professional developer code is a great way to learn!
Python has Libraries on Deck!
Since Python has been around forever, it has seen many years of developers creating and enhancing the libraries and modules available for the language. These libraries make tasks like game development, GUI programming, and database handling possible with Python. These libraries also have incredible documentation all over the web, making them even more accessible to beginners.