You've decided to become a programmer!

You've heard that Python and Javascript are the two most popular programming languages to learn.

The job prospects are also great for both programming languages and the salary is good.

Now comes the big decision...which should you choose?

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The depends!

Learning the different uses of these two powerful programming languages can help you select the best option for your programming career goals and interests.

Understanding Python

Python is a general-purpose programming language widely used in scientific applications because of its power and ability to be used for a variety of purposes.

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Python is used for:

  • Automation

  • Backend Web Development

  • Machine Learning

  • AI

  • Data Science

Companies that use Python include:

  • Spotify

  • Instagram

  • Google

  • Netflix

  • Pinterest

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Understanding Javascript

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Javascript is used for:

Companies that use Javascript include:

  • Microsoft

  • Paypal

  • Uber

  • Facebook

  • Netflix

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A Side by Side Comparison

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Still not sure which programming language is right for you? Let's compare a few things about Python vs Javascript that might help you make a decision.

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  • Python is considered the easiest language to learn. It was created with beginners in mind.

  • The average salary of a Python programmer is $116K USD.

  • In terms of performance and usage, Python is more versatile than Javascript. It's used for everything from data science to astronomy and even back end web development.

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  • Javascript is a bit more complex and has a steeper learning curve.

  • The average salary of a Javascript programmer is $110K USD.

  • In terms of performance and usage, Javascript is the most widely used and popular language. It also runs faster than Python. The whole point of Javascript was to make it run fast to improve user engagement on the web.

The Bottom Line

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Imagine you're working for Netflix as a Python or Javascript programmer.

Here are some projects and tasks you might work on:

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A Python programmer might work on system's recommendation engine that uses machine learning to suggest different movies and shows to users.

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A Javascript programmer might work on developing interactive galleries that allow users to learn more about the media on the site.

Ultimately, you should decide what type of programming interests you the most.

  • Are you more interested in web development? Then Javascript is the right language for you to learn.

  • Are you more interested in scientific applications or data science? Then Python is the right language for you to learn.


Hakim has a background in graphic and web design, but he's really interested in getting into the field of data science. Which programming language should he learn?

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