8 Good Reasons to Learn Python

There are lots of reasons to learn Python — such as its simplicity and readability — but these are some of the most compelling.

Why you should learn Python todayHave you already learned Python? If not, then this is the best time to start. Python is a very popular programming language being used by many big tech giants, including Google and Facebook. Python is well-known for its simplicity and readability. Also, the availability of a wide range of mature libraries (Python modules) makes Python top choice for almost all kinds of software development (yes, including AI and machine learning).

In this blog post, I will discuss the benefits of learning Python:

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1. You Can Use Python for Pretty Much Anything

One significant advantage of learning Python is that it’s a general-purpose language that can be applied in a large variety of projects. Below are just some of the most common fields where Python has found its use:

  • Data science
  • Scientific and mathematical computing
  • Web development
  • Finance and trading
  • System automation and administration
  • Computer graphics
  • Basic game development
  • Security and penetration testing
  • General and application-specific scripting
  • Mapping and geography (GIS software)

2. Python Is Widely Used in Data Science

Python developer job roles

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Python’s application in data science and data engineering is what’s really fuelling its popularity today. Pandas, NumPy, SciPy, and other tools combined with the ability to prototype quickly and then “glue” systems together enable data engineers to maintain high efficiency when using Python.

3. Python Pays Well

It’s all well and good, but what about the pay, I hear you ask? It turns out Python engineers have some of the highest salaries in the industry, at least in the US.

At nearly $103,500 per year, Python is the second best-paying programming language in the country (beating out Java, C++, and JavaScript) according to Gooroo, a skill and salary analytics platform.

Average salary for Python developers

Indeed’s salary calculator gives an even larger figure—a whopping $116,000 per year. Of course, tech salaries differ greatly from one state to another. So to add some context, here’s a breakdown of how much Python engineers make in the states featured on Indeed:

Average Python developer salaries in the USA

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Python developer salaries in the USA (ranking)

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4. Demand for Python Developers Is High (And Growing)

Based on Indeed’s job trends, it looks like having Python under your belt can help you land a job in very short terms. The graph below displays a steady growth in the number of job postings featuring Python since 2012, and there has been a strong spike in popularity over the last six months.

Python developer job postings

What’s more, the demand for Python skills clearly outstrips jobseeker interest. The job market outlook for Python developers is excellent at the moment.

Python developer jobseeker interest

5. Python Saves Time

I’m pretty sure that the majority of the developers who’ve used Python would agree that making anything with this language takes a lot less time and code than most other technologies.

Even the classic “Hello, world” program illustrates this point:

For comparison, this is what the same program looks like in Java:

6. Python Is Beginner Friendly

Following up from the previous point, Python’s famously clean and readable syntax makes it newbie-friendly. A well-written Python program can look like it came straight out of an algorithms text book. There’s little superfluous boilerplate, allowing beginners and experts alike to focus on the job at hand—instead of the code.

Python’s efficiency and readability have also made it the number one most commonly taught introductory language at top US universities. This will have ramifications on the future job market and likely make Python an even more popular technology choice.

7. All the Big Names Use Python

Ever wanted to work for a tech giant like Google or Facebook? Python could be your way in, as these companies, as well as YouTube, IBM, Yahoo, Dropbox, Quora, Mozilla, Instagram, and many others all use Python for a wide array of purposes, and are constantly hiring Python developers.

Programming Languages Company Size Breakdown

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Dropbox’s code base, for instance, uses Python for almost everything, including analytics, the server backend, the API backend, and the desktop clients.

8. Python Has an Amazing Ecosystem

Last but not least, there’s a huge number of resources developed for Python that keep getting updated, including an impressive standard library with built-in functionality, a built-in unit testing framework, and more than enough frameworks and environments that allow you to focus on writing the website or app at hand.

Django is the most commonly used Python web framework, but there’s also FlaskPyramidweb2pyZope 2, and a few more.

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