The 10 most binged tech skills courses at the start of COVID-19

In March of 2020, most of the world hunkered down as a result of COVID-19. In April, people started learning—a lot.

We crunched the numbers to see how Pluralsight users took advantage of downtime to skill up while COVID-19 kept a large portion of the global workforce at home. These are the most-used courses, paths and assessments (from April 2nd to April 27th, 2020) and point which skills new users were most interested in developing.

If you need some inspiration for how to get the most out of your time while you continue to WFH—or need to know where you should take your personal skill development plan next—this is a great place to start.

Top 10 most-watched courses

As one of the most popular, accessible and readable programming languages in the world, it should be no surprise that Python takes three spots in the ten most watched courses. 

Python is also highly useful (and marketable) across technology disciplines; Pluralsight staff author and technologist Simon Allardice identifies it as one of the key skills for capitalizing on the future of machine learning, saying, “Recommending a particular programming language is always a contentious task, but for anyone looking to get started with machine learning and AI, my default suggestion is straightforward: learn Python. Yes, there are other languages popular in the machine learning community, [but] Python is never a bad choice, even for those not intending to be hands-on practitioners.”

Top 10 most-visited learning paths

Where programming languages dominated the top ten Pluralsight courses, users have been flocking to learning paths focused on IT certifications, container orchestration and cloud administration—and for good reason. PCMag lists AWS Certified Cloud Practitioner as one of the top ten highest paying IT certifications of 2020, and Kubernetes has exploded in popularity over the last few years.

Top 10 Skill IQs

If you’re a JavaScript developer, you’ve probably wondered which framework you should be investing your time in: Angular, React or both? At Pluralsight’s second annual Tech Skills Day, JavaScript developer and author John Papa laid out how to decide which framework is right for you.

Your career will only take you as far as your skills. Curious where you stack up against your peers on the top ten most popular Skill IQs? Take an assessment now.