Programming with Python most-learned tech skill in span of five years

Programming with Python registered a massive enrollment growth and rose from the fourth most popular tech skill to being the most-learned tech skill in the span of five years, finds a report.

Internshala Trainings, the e-learning arm of Internshala, recently brought out a report highlighting the emerging technical skills that students learned to secure lucrative jobs in 2021. While only 3,110 students enrolled in five popular online technical courses in 2016, this number grew to 63,000+ in 2020.

Students’ inclination towards learning Python doubled as out of the total enrollments in the top five technical skills, 30% students enrolling for the training in 2020 as compared to 15% in 2016.

Other prominent technical skills that ruled 2020 included Web development, ethical hacking, Android app development, and programming with C and C++ with 26%, 17%, 16%, and 10% enrollments respectively.

Also, 21,000+ women enrolled in technical training in 2020, whereas the number was just 643 in 2016. More than 4.7k learners enrolled in two or more technical training, battling with the uncertain times of the pandemic and building their skill-set. Students from tier-2 and 3 cities overshadowed learners from metropolitan cities, and registered 68% participation in online skill-based courses in 2020; this number was 49% in 2016. This clearly shows that online training isn’t restricted to learners in metropolitan cities and can positively impact the lives of students across the country.

As per the report, Python’s widespread application across industries like data science, finance and trading, computer graphics, security, and penetration testing, and mapping and geography also gave rise to numerous employment opportunities and made it a popular skill among young graduates. Web development, mobile app development, full-stack development, Android app development, and software development were the most popular technical profiles among recruiters hiring for in-office or work-from-home internship opportunities in 2020 demanding Python as a major skill.

The report also suggested that Web development continued to be the most popular technical internship profile among students over the past five years, which received over 2.5 lakh applications in 2016 and 18 lakh applications in 2020.

“Today’s employment opportunities rely on reasoning, studies, data, and analysis, and to do these, sound technical skills are required. Students are increasingly enrolling in versatile technical courses like Python that can help them find suitable jobs with competitive salaries and flexible working hours across industries,” Sarvesh Agrawal, the founder, and CEO of Internshala Trainings told ET.

“To aid students' technical learning experience we are also improving our practice sessions, quizzes, assignments, and industrial projects, and adding new training such as R programming, Git and Github, data structures and algorithms, and SAS programming on Internshala Trainings,” Agrawal added.