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Industry News - "R vs Python: Which programming language should I learn?"

Excerpt from Techworld's Article "R vs Python: Which programming language should I learn?" by Christina Mercer | November 09, 2017

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"Whether you're an aspiring developer or an established one looking for a change, learning a programming language is a daunting task.

With an increase in demand for developers with statistical and data science backgrounds, learning R or Python is a great step to build your career.

The average salary of a UK R developer has increased by almost nine percent since this time last year, and with Python developers earning between £32,500 and £88,750 in the UK, both languages would be an asset for you and your wallet.

But statistical and data analysis skills shouldn't just be limited to developers. There are lots of non-traditional roles that are branching out, not only into analytics but also database and statistical programming.

Read on to find out if you should learn R or Python."

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d-Wise's Insight on Techworld's Article

While SAS isn’t going away for the foreseeable future, there is a noticeable trend appearing in the pharmaceutical programming industry of embracing different languages. R has often been used by graduates and students for statistical processing, but the less-robust validation around it has often prevented it from being more widely used. The FDA will accept submissions made in R, just so long as they tick the right boxes. As for Python, with the advent of Real World Data becoming more popular, varied data sources and types are more frequently being accessed and it may be that Python has some advantages in processing and integrating that data.

It won’t hurt to have one or both of these languages in a programmer’s pocket as the trend continues to grow over the next 5 years.

Talk to one of our technology experts about programming languages used in the pharmaceutical industry.


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