Job trends for R and Python

February 9, 2017

(This article was first published on Revolutions, and kindly contributed to R-bloggers)

When we last looked at job trends from, job listings for "R statistics" were on the rise but were still around half the volume of listings for "SAS statistics". Three-and-a-half years later, R has overtaken SAS in job listings for "statistics".

Statistics jobs

I added Python to the search this time; job listings for "Python statistics" have risen at a similar rate to those for R, but with a somewhat higher volume for R.

Since data science is popular job role these days, let's do the same search for "data scientist":

Data scientist python

For "data scientist" jobs, R and Python track very closely, with Python just edging out R in the past few months. This is most likely because R and Python (but unlike SAS) appear together in many data scientist job listings.

You can explore other job titles at (And thanks to reader SK for the suggestion to revisit these searches!)

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