Learning Scala & Go: The Highest Paying Programming Languages

By Shatavisha Chakravorty

The software sector in India is one of the major contributors to the nation's tax revenue. Indeed, there has been a tremendous increase in the job opportunities for the nation's youth following this IT wave. Cities like Bangalore, Chennai and Gurgaon have become IT hubs with hundreds of people travelling to these places every year in search of jobs. Interestingly, most people do find able jobs here.

While this is indeed a positive sign, what must be noted here is the fact that the world of software development is a very dynamic one. With new software coming up every day, it is important that developers keep pace with the same. If they fail to do the same, they will find their careers attaining stagnation. That way their pay packages will not rise as well.

About Scala & Go Programming Languages


In the current Indian scenario, Scala and Go are the highest paying programming languages. Both freshers as well as industry experts who have knowledge of these languages find themselves in better financial positions as compared to that of their peers.

This article talks about how you can make a living out of these two programming languages and the scope of career opportunities here. Read on to know more.

· Learning Golang

For people well versed with the basics of programming, learning Golang is not a major challenge. There are a number of resources available online. It is recommended that a person goes through the official Go programming language documentation before they start with anything else.

Once they are acquainted with the same, it will be a good idea to go through the online books that are available in Softcover.io and Hackr.io. Tutorial videos are available on Reddit and Google+ as well. Thus, if you are determined to learn this language, the Internet is a storehouse of knowledge for you.

· Career Growth In Golang

The performance of Golang is much superior to that of its other competitors and features like the concurrency support ensure that the coding time is reduced significantly. This cost to time effectiveness of this language has ensured that all sorts of companies have taken to this.

Thus, irrespective of whether the company in question is a start-up or an MNC, having a good understanding of the concepts of Golang will land you in a better position to bag the job of your dreams.

The sheer number of people who participated in GopherCon 2017, a national-level conference on Golang held in Pune, speaks volumes about the growing popularity of the same.

· Learning Scala

There is a lot of learning material available for Scala. Programmers across the globe vouch on the credibility of the videos that are available on the official website Scala-lang.org. For those who are well versed in Java and are looking to learn a new language, the video tutorials at Parleys.com are found to be efficient.

Coursera also has a number of quality teaching programs in this field. If you are trying to learn Scala from a digital platform, it is advisable that you install Scala on your computer so that you can practise it as and when you watch the videos. That way you will be able to make the most of the available resources and improve your foundation of the concepts of this language.

· Career Growth In Scala

Scala is the go-to solution for developing both Android as well as desktop applications. Proficiency in the ad hoc scripting in Scala ensures that the programmer will be able to tackle the challenges of highly concurrent things (like using Akka to handle messaging apps).

Since a person well versed in Scala will be able to efficiently use Scala.js to handle both front and back ends of web supplication development, a company will prefer hiring one such person instead of multiple people for the different roles.

With Big Data being the next major thing in the world of IT, the applications of Scala in the same cannot be ignored. This creates a new surge of opportunities for people who know this language.

· Getting A Job

After having attained the required skill set, the next major challenge in this field is to let the world know of your experience. The best way to do that is to code some programs or applications and put up details of your work in LinkedIn.

This will help recruiters understand how much you actually know and foster the communication between the qualified people and the teams that are looking to hire them. If you want to make it big in the competitive world of programming, you should be able to advertise yourself and your abilities well.

· Recruiters

With the world of IT recognising the role of Scala and Golang in shaping its future, more and more companies are looking for programmers in various roles who are well versed in this language. The big names here include that of eBay, Twitter, Netflix, Tumblr, Sony, Apple, Klout and more.

There are a number of lesser-known start-ups that hire as well. In the coming years, as more and more applications of these two languages continue to be found, more companies are expected to recruit Scala and Golang experts.

· Salary

The lowest average salary here is Rs 5 lakhs per annum. This is for freshers who join an organisation as a software developer straight out of college after having completed some certification in Scala or Golang. In this field, knowledge has greater importance over degrees and certifications.

For people who are working higher up the corporate ladder, the monetary compensation package is much higher. In the Indian context, senior software engineers here make an average of Rs 1,218,943 per year.

Thus, the intellectual investment that you will put in learning Scala and incorporating the same in your day-to-day coding is something that will pay off in the long run, both monetarily and otherwise.

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