Python, Machine Learning Among Top 5 Most Desired Dev Skills

According to Hacker News' latest Hiring Trends analysis (based on the language in its candidate wanted postings), Python (No. 2) and machine learning (No. 4) are in the top five of most desired skills by those hiring developers.

They're surrounded by Web-focused skills, with React at No. 1, JavaScript at No. 3 and "full stack" at No. 5.

In surveys, Python is often found to be the most popular language for machine learning. And machine learning is, well, machine learning, so obviously companies are looking for these skills.

Here's the list of all of April 2018's top 10 most requested skills:

  1. React
  2. Python
  3. JavaScript
  4. AWS
  5. Full Stack
  6. Machine Learning
  7. Postgresql
  8. node.js
  9. golang
  10. DevOps

It's no surprise that artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning language and skills are desired by companies -- and skilled developers can be hard to find, particularly in the enterprise.

At the same time, there are concerns that AI may reduce the number of developer jobs available overall in the long run -- although, a recent competition showed that human programmers can still outperform their AI-powered counterparts.

You can see the Hacker News April 2018 results yourself and play around with the other data available here.

About the Author

Becky Nagel is the vice president of Web & Digital Strategy for 1105's Converge360 Group, where she oversees the front-end Web team and deals with all aspects of digital strategy. She also serves as executive editor of the group's media Web sites, and you'll even find her byline on, the group's newest site for enterprise developers working with AI. She recently gave a talk at a leading technical publishers conference about how changes in Web technology may impact publishers' bottom lines. Follow her on twitter @beckynagel.