Fortune 500 Companies Want These Developer Skills

Finding a job in tech isn’t always as simple as it seems. One of the trickiest matches is the triumvirate of a.) developers, b.) the language they’re proficient in, and c.) a company that needs their particular skillset. Now, we have a better idea of which dev skills the biggest companies on Earth are looking for.

Coding Dojo has cross-examined Fortune 500 companies and the programming jobs they post online. Of the top 25, many hire for up to six programming languages, while one is seeking developers in seven different disciplines.

“Much like any tool or application, companies use different coding languages for different requirements; there’s not a one-size-fits-all option,” says Speros Misirlakis, Coding Dojo’s Head of Curriculum. “While specific jobs might focus on a particular language, this research shows that a single language could be a long term dead-end.  Aspiring and existing developers must learn coding’s common building blocks and ultimately become fluent in multiple languages to have the adaptability and flexibility for a successful career.”

Sometimes a company’s needs don’t correlate to the technologies we identify them with. Apple isn’t hiring Swift developers – but Amazon, CVS, Verizon, and J.P. Morgan Chase are. While tech touches every corner of our lives, three of the top 25 Fortune 500 companies (including Berkshire Hathaway, General Motors, and Kroger) aren’t even hiring for traditional tech roles.

Here’s the full list:

1. Walmart – Java, Python, JavaScript and Perl
2. Berkshire Hathaway – None
3. Apple – JavaScript, Python, Java, Perl, Ruby, PHP
4. Exxon Mobil – C/C++, C#, R, MATLAB
5. McKesson – Java, JavaScript
6. UnitedHealth Group – JavaScript, Java, Python
7. CVS Health – Java, JavaScript, Swift
8. General Motors – None
9. AT&T – Java, Perl, Python, JavaScript
10. Ford Motor – C++, C#, JavaScript, Objective-C, Python, Ruby
11. AmerisourceBergen – C#, JavaScript
12. Amazon.com – Java, JavaScript, C++, Ruby, Swift
13. General Electric – JavaScript, Java, Python
14. Verizon Communications – Java, Python, JavaScript, Swift, PHP
15. Cardinal Health – Python, Java, JavaScript, Perl
16. Costco – Python, Java, JavaScript, C
17. Walgreens Boots Alliance – Java, JavaScript
18. Kroger – None
19. Chevron – Python, JavaScript
20. Fannie Mae – Java, Python, Perl, Ruby
21. J.P. Morgan Chase – Java, JavaScript, Python, Perl, Swift, Ruby
22. Express Scripts Holding – JavaScript, Java
23. Home Depot – JavaScript, Python, Java, C#, PHP, Ruby
24. Boeing – Java, JavaScript, Ruby, Perl, Python
25. Wells Fargo – Java, Python, JavaScript, C#

While we agree with Misirlakis’s take that knowing the fundamentals is a better idea than learning a new, specific language, this list also shows the ‘new guard’ isn’t ready to take over. Java, JavaScript, Python and C-based languages dominate this list, while we don’t see Kotlin or Go anywhere, though both were hot languages in 2017.

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