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The 10 most binged technology courses during COVID-19

In March of 2020, most of the world hunkered down as a result of COVID-19. In the year since, technologists have been 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 March 2020 through March 2021) 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 programming languages in the world, it should be no surprise that JavaScript and related frameworks such as Angular and React take four spots in the ten most watched courses. If you missed it, make sure to check out our panel discussion on the state of JS with John Papa and Joe Eames from our #JavaScript25 anniversary celebration.

Top 10 most-visited learning paths

JS content continues to dominate Pluralsight's top ten learning paths, but it's Python that takes the top spot. 

Python's high ranking is possibly due to being one of the most accessible languages for a variety of technologists; 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 Skill IQs

Curious where your skills stack against others users of the biggest languages in the world? Find your Skill IQ now by taking any of the assessments below, and get customized recommendations on what to learn next.

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