Python Career Opportunities 101: Your Guide To A Career In Python Programming

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Feb 8, 2016
Python Career Opportunities 101: Your Guide To A Career In Python Programming
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Python is a premier, flexible, and powerful open-source language that is easy to learn, easy to use, and has powerful libraries for data manipulation and analysis. With the popularity of Python programming language moving steadily along an upward trajectory, the time is right to master Python in order to land Python jobs. In this bog post, we will discuss various Python career opportunities available for a Python programmer.

Python Career Opportunities

In an independent third party survey, it has been revealed that the Python programming language is currently the most popular language for data scientists worldwide. This claim is substantiated by the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers, which tracks programming languages by popularity. According to them, Python is the second most popular programming language this year for development on the web after Java.

By the end of 2015, Python boasted of some impressive numbers. Hired.com released an exhaustive list of the most desired job skills by companies hiring on their platform and Python topped the list followed by Java, JavaScript Frontend, HTML/CSS, and Ruby. Python enjoys a whopping 40.4% popularity, beating Java for the first time in almost two decades!

A recent Indeed.com inquiry also revealed at least 43,000 Python jobs in the USA with salary figures ranging from $70,000 to $115,000.

In India and other countries of the world, an alarming skill-gap is making enterprises look at talent from more expensive countries. A recent article in Times of India states: “one of India’s top software companies was faced with quandary. It had won a $200 million (Rs. 1,200 crore) contract to develop an app store for a large US bank, but did not have adequate numbers of programmers who could write code in Python, the language most suited for the job. Eventually, it paid thrice the billing rate to a group of freelance Python programmers in the USA and learnt a valuable lesson about the importance of a language named after the British television comedy series Monty Python.”

Thankfully, this is changing now, with developers realizing the need to add Python to their resumes, both for faster programming and lucrative, global careers.

Python Job Profiles

  • Software Engineer
  • Research Analyst
  • Data Analyst
  • Data Scientist
  • Software Developer

Python Salary

According to Payscale.com, the median total pay for Python jobs in California, United States is $74,410, for a professional with one year of experience.  In Bangalore, India, the median total pay is Rs. 441,667 with the pay-scale for Python jobs in B2C and eCommerce companies being as high as Rs. 665,695 for a Python professional with one year of experience. The average total cash by skill is higher than that of C++, Java and Linux in both the sample regions.

Below are graphs depicting average Python salary by city.

The first chart depicts average salary for a Python professional with one year of experience and the second chart depicts the average salaries by years of experience.

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Average Python jobs salary by city – India (Source: Payscale.com)

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Average Python jobs salary by city – USA (Source: Payscale.com)

Popularity of Python Programming

The popularity of Python programming is steadily rising and so are the Python career opportunities. According to TIOBE Programming Community index, which tracks the popularity of programming languages, Python has leaped three places in the last one year alone to rank at No. 5 in the index!

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TIOBE Index for February 2016

41 large organizations in the world have adopted Python as their primary programming language. Of these, many popular online operations like Quora, Mozilla, Path, SlideShare, SurveyMonkey, YouTube, Pinterest and Reddit have most of their new code written in Python. It is an open secret in the developer world that Google has now adopted Python as its secondary coding language, and has committed to using it more in its new product offerings.

Edureka has specially curated a course aimed at helping developers master the Python language. The live and interactive course that is co-created by industry practitioners, covers critical aspects of Python such as integration of machine learning, Hadoop, Pig, Hive and Web Scraping, among others. New batches of the Edureka Python course are coming up. Click here to learn more. 

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Pallavi PoojaryAbout Pallavi Poojary (14 Posts)

Pallavi is a technology enthusiast who writes on hot technologies such as Big Data and DevOps, and industry-relevant skills like Project Management. She is a believer in transformation of careers through learning.


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