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The 10 Top Job Skills Needed For The Highest-Paying Jobs

The highest-paying jobs in the United States are looking for coding skills, with many jobs paying well into the six-figures. Here’s a look at which coding and programming languages are the most lucrative.

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Cashing In On Coding

More jobs look for proficiency with coding languages than any other type of hard skill, vastly exceeding the demand for foreign languages, design software or marketing software, according to a research project commissioned by Minneapolis-based talent innovation firm SHL. The SHL analysis considered more than one million job advertisements appearing on LinkedIn on April 30, 2020.

To gain a better understand of the types of jobs appearing for each hard skill, SHL said it also analyzed the average salaries of the jobs matching its keywords on Adzuna, a search engine focused on job sites. The salaries listed represent the average pay offered by a job advertisement on Adzuna requiring that skill.

The highest-paying jobs in the United States are looking for coding skills, and many coding jobs in North America pay sums well into the six-figures depending on which language an applicant is proficient in. This slideshow also pulls from Stack Overflow’s annual Developer Survey, which features the perspective of nearly 90,000 developers on everything from their favorite technologies to their job preferences.

Here’s a look at which coding skills unlock the door to the highest paying jobs.

 
 
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