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Are C++ programmers in more demand than those for most other languages?

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    Are C++ programmers in more demand than those for most other languages?

    I'm going off something, or things that I read a while ago, or at least my impression of them. I'm studying object oriented language concepts in school at the moment, but my goal has always been to be proficient in C++ in order to make programs for myself, and build personal-interest games for myself (that will hopefully be appealing enough to sell).

    Are C++ coders more valued in the industry, when compared to Java, C#, and many other languages, and are there much fewer people who are proficient in C++ than in many of the other languages, including the ones stated? Is the median pay for a C++ coder higher than for those same languages?

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    I seriously doubt it, but unless you can afford to travel a lot you should be looking at the job markets you can afford to approach.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Delicieuxz View Post
    I'm going off something, or things that I read a while ago, or at least my impression of them. I'm studying object oriented language concepts in school at the moment, but my goal has always been to be proficient in C++ in order to make programs for myself, and build personal-interest games for myself (that will hopefully be appealing enough to sell).

    Are C++ coders more valued in the industry, when compared to Java, C#, and many other languages, and are there much fewer people who are proficient in C++ than in many of the other languages, including the ones stated? Is the median pay for a C++ coder higher than for those same languages?
    It depends on what field of the IT industry you intend to work. Scientific computing, for example, often leans towards C++. What field are you most interested in?
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    This question is somewhat more general, being about C++ and jobs than about C++ programming, so I have moved it to the General Discussions forum.
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    I don't think any of this should be a concern to you. You shouldn't care who gets the most or which languages people use the most. As you gain some experience in programming, you'll realize you will want to learn other programming languages in addition to C++ anyways. So you'll get in there with the rest of us, being able to quickly adapt to market conditions if the need arises.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sebastiani View Post
    It depends on what field of the IT industry you intend to work. Scientific computing, for example, often leans towards C++. What field are you most interested in?
    Probably in making smaller games, like early 90s PC games, but I want to really write them from the ground up, using as little pre-build resources and programming assists as possible. Making utilities for Windows and Linux is also something which I think will be a very important asset for me to have.

    If I get into the industry to work for a company, I'd be targeting large big budget games production with one of the larger studios: EA/Valve/Ubisoft etc.

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