Over the last five years, demand for Ruby on Rails skills has quadrupled and is proving to be a lucrative feather in the cap of developers, according to data from PayScale, an online salary, benefits and compensation information company.

The relative ratio of workers who report it as a skill critical to their role in the last year is 4.5 times higher than the ratio of workers who reported it as a skill critical to their role five years ago, according to PayScale’s data. And Ruby on Rails skills can really make a difference for developers’ career satisfaction and employment outlook, says Katie Bardaro, lead economist at PayScale.

Ruby Makes a Difference

“When I looked at this data, when I talked to developers, one thing that stuck out for me was the number of workers who felt Ruby really made a difference in their career,” says Bardaro. “Ruby has made a significant difference for them as far as demand for their skills and their compensation; if a developer has Ruby skills, they can count on approximately $17,000 annually added to their salary, and that’s not chump change,” Bardaro says.

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