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

Oct 22, 2019

SILICON SLOPES, Utah — 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
1 - JavaScript
2 - Java
3 - HTML
4 - Python
5 - C++
6 - Android Development
7- C
8 - C#
9 - PHP
10 - Git

Top 10 Fastest Growth Rate: Developer
1 - Svelte
2 - UiPath
3 - Microsoft Powerapps
4 - Fixie
5 - Microsoft Managed Services Engine
6 - Microsoft Flow
7 - Dart
8 - Automation Anywhere
9 - MobX
10 - .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 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: Data
1 - R
2 - Microsoft SQL Server
4 - Google Analytics
5 - Tensorflow
6 - Microsoft Power BI
7- Tableau
8 - SAS
9 - Pandas
10 - Apache Spark

Top 10 Fastest Growth Rate: Data
2 - webreadr
3 - HPAT
4 - Plasticity Magnitude
5 - Amazon SageMaker
6 - Qlik Core
7 - Google Cloud DataProc
8 - Apache ORC
9 - Databricks
10 - 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
1 - Linux
2 - Ubuntu
3 - Microsoft Windows
4 - macOS
5 - HTTP
6 - Docker
7- PowerShell
8 - TCP/IP
9 - Microsoft Office 365
10 - Microsoft SharePoint

Top 10 Fastest Growth Rate: IT Operations
1 - Exam 70-688
2 - Microsoft Intune
3 - Azure App Service
4 - CompTIA Network+
5 - VMWare Certified Associate
6 - Citrix CCA-V
7 - Azure Logic Apps
8 - AWS Certified DevOps Engineer
9 - CCIE Routing and Switching
10 - 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
1 - Kali Linux
3 - CloudFlare
4 - CompTIA Security+
5 - Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH)
6 - CISA
7- OpenSSL
9 - JSON Web Tokens (JWT)
10 - Cisco Identity Services Engine (ISE)

Top 10 Fastest Growth Rate: Security
1 - BriMor Labs Live Response Collection
2 - Scout2
3 - PaloAlto Networks DNS Security
4 - Cyber Triage
5 - Amazon Inspector
6 - Checkmarx CxIAST
7 - Azure MFA
8 - Contrast Assess
9 - CloudFlare
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 the leading technology workforce development company that helps companies and teams build better products by developing critical skills, improving processes and gaining insights through data, and providing strategic skills consulting. Trusted by forward-thinking companies of every size in every industry, Pluralsight helps individuals and businesses transform with technology. Pluralsight Skills helps enterprises build technology skills at scale with expert-authored courses on today’s most important technologies, including cloud, artificial intelligence and machine learning, data science, and security, among others. Skills also includes tools to align skill development with business objectives, virtual instructor-led training, hands-on labs, skill assessments and one-of-a-kind analytics. Flow complements Skills by providing engineering teams with actionable data and visibility into workflow patterns to accelerate the delivery of products and services. For more information about Pluralsight, visit