Pluralsight Expands Technology Index to Rank Most In-Demand Technologies for Software Engineers, IT Operations, Information Security, and Data Professionals

Ranking the demand and growth rate of more than 850 languages, tools and frameworks for software developers, IT operations, information security, and data professionals, the Index draws from more than 23 billion data points across eight sources.

Pluralsight, Inc. (NASDAQ: PS), the enterprise technology skills platform, today announced that it has expanded its Technology Index tool to address the most in-demand technologies for IT operations, information security, and data professionals in addition to the previously existing ranking of top in-demand software developer languages.

Pluralsight’s expanded Technology Index provides a monthly snapshot into the most in-demand technologies, tools, languages, frameworks and certifications, enabling tech leaders and practitioners to keep their finger on the pulse of technology innovation. Ranking the demand and growth rate of more than 850 languages, tools and frameworks for software developers, IT operations, information security, and data professionals, the Index draws from more than 23 billion data points across eight sources.

“The pace of technology change is faster than ever, and tech leaders are struggling to keep pace. We created the Technology Index to give organizations an effective and easy-to-use tool to better understand the direction and cadence of the latest enterprise tech innovations. Using the Index, tech leaders can leverage independent data points to help inform their next tech investments and develop the skills their teams need,” said Nate Walkingshaw, chief experience officer at Pluralsight.

Top Technologies for Software Developers

Pluralsight’s Technology Index continues to track the most in-demand technologies for software development, delivering a current snapshot of programming languages most important to tech leaders. The top ten software development languages ranked by the Pluralsight Technology Index are still dominated by legacy languages like Java, Javascript, C, and HTML. Four new technologies — Python, Android Development, PHP, and Git — have entered the top 10 since last year, displacing Blockchain, jQuery, CSS, and Arduino. The list of the latest top 10 in-demand and fastest-growing developer technologies, frameworks, tools, and certifications are as follows:

Top 10 In-Demand: Developer Top 10 Fastest Growth Rate: Developer
1 – JavaScript1 – Svelte
2 – Java2 – UiPath
3 – HTML3 – Microsoft Powerapps
4 – Python4 – Fixie
5 – C++5 – Microsoft Managed Services Engine
6 – Android Development6 – Microsoft Flow
7- C7 – Dart
8 – C#8 – Automation Anywhere
9 – PHP9 – MobX
10 – Git10 – .Net Core


“Software engineering teams face the challenge of maintaining expertise in core legacy languages such as JavaScript or C while staying open to new technologies that enable them to create new products and services for their customers. As software development languages, tools, and frameworks continuously evolve, engineers must find ways to stay informed on what’s new and keep pace with the speed of change,” said Travis Kimmel, head of developer productivity at Pluralsight.

Top Technologies for Data Professionals

The rise in demand for data-intensive applications such as machine learning and artificial intelligence has sparked an explosion in the need for data technologies in the enterprise. According to the Index, the top 10 in-demand and fastest-growing technologies, tools, and certifications for data professionals include:


Top 10 In-Demand: DataTop 10 Fastest Growth Rate: Data
1 – R1 – ADAMS
2 – Microsoft SQL Server2 – webreadr
4 – Google Analytics4 – Plasticity Magnitude
5 – Tensorflow5 – Amazon SageMaker
6 – Microsoft Power BI6 – Qlik Core
7- Tableau7 – Google Cloud DataProc
8 – SAS8 – Apache ORC
9 – Pandas9 – Databricks
10 – Apache Spark10 – Amazon Rekognition


“Data is playing an increasingly important role for businesses looking to gain a competitive edge and as such, enterprises are investing heavily in technologies that enable machine learning, AI and analytics to get the insights and deliver the services they need to stay ahead,” said James Aylward, head of learner at Pluralsight.

Top Technologies for IT Operations Professionals 

The addition of IT Ops to the Technology Index addresses the top enabling technologies for core IT operations, including digital transformation efforts like cloud migration. Although operating systems such as Linux, Ubuntu, macOS, and Microsoft Windows dominate the list, technologies such as Docker and Amazon S3 demonstrate the growing importance of cloud computing in the enterprise. The top ten most in-demand and fastest-growing IT Operations technologies, tools and certifications are as follows:


Top 10 In-Demand: IT Operations Top 10 Fastest Growth Rate: IT Operations 
1 – Linux1 – Exam 70-688
2 – Ubuntu2 – Microsoft Intune
3 – Microsoft Windows3 – Azure App Service
4 – macOS4 – CompTIA Network+
5 – HTTP5 – VMWare Certified Associate
6 – Docker6 – Citrix CCA-V
7- PowerShell7 – Azure Logic Apps
8 – TCP/IP8 – AWS Certified DevOps Engineer
9 – Microsoft Office 3659 – CCIE Routing and Switching
10 – Microsoft SharePoint10 – CCENT


“The speed of technology innovation is faster than ever before and technology leaders need to stay informed on the changing nature of enterprise tech in order to ensure they have sufficient resources to keep up with the pace of change. Pluralsight has its finger on the pulse of the rapidly changing technology landscape and delivers a comprehensive platform to ensure that organizations have the fastest possible path to skills development. By using Pluralsight’s advanced platform, technology leaders and practitioners will be able to understand where technology investments should be made, develop the skills needed to maximize their investment, and measure the implementation of those skills,” said Walkingshaw.

Top Technologies for Information Security Professionals

Cybersecurity threats continue to grow, as data breaches become increasingly more common and costly. As such, it is critical for enterprises to stay on top of the latest information security tools and technologies to protect valuable corporate data and assets. According to the Index, the top ten in-demand and fastest-growing technologies, tools and certifications for security professionals include:


Top 10 In-Demand: Security Top 10 Fastest Growth Rate: Security 
1 – Kali Linux1 – BriMor Labs Live Response Collection
2 – CISSP2 – Scout2
3 – CloudFlare3 – Palo Alto Networks DNS Security
4 – CompTIA Security+4 – Cyber Triage
5 – Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH)5 – Amazon Inspector
6 – CISA6 – Checkmarx CxIAST
7- OpenSSL7 – Azure MFA
8 – OWASP8 – Contrast Assess
9 – JSON Web Tokens (JWT)9 – CloudFlare
10 – Cisco Identity Services Engine (ISE)10 – Chronicle Backstory


“Security is a top of mind concern for all technology leaders, especially heads of security and CISO’s. As cyber threats evolve and adapt, enterprises must stay on top of the most relevant, up-to-date technologies to ensure that sensitive company and user data is protected from attacks and breaches,” said Walkingshaw.

The full interactive Pluralsight Technology Index can be found here. Additional insights on the most in-demand technologies can be found on the Pluralsight blog. Technology leaders and practitioners looking to enhance their skills in any of the listed technologies can learn more at

About Pluralsight

Pluralsight is an enterprise technology skills platform that delivers a unified, end-to-end learning experience for businesses across the globe. Through a subscription service, companies are empowered to move at the speed of technology, increasing proficiency, innovation and efficiency. Founded in 2004 and trusted by Fortune 500 companies, Pluralsight provides members with on-demand access to a digital ecosystem of learning tools, including Pluralsight IQ, directed learning paths, expert-authored courses, interactive labs, and analytics. For more information, visit


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