These are the programming languages Tesla uses

Welcome back! These last few weeks we’ve been talking about some of the most popular languages massive companies use like Facebook, Google, Amazon, Microsoft and Apple. Now, let’s talk about which programming languages Tesla uses! As I stated in my other articles, in order to find these languages, I made my way over to Tesla’s career page and noted the most common programming languages I saw as requirements:

These languages were: Python, React, PHP, CSS, Node, SQL (MySQL, PostgresSQL, NoSQL), C++, Java, Ruby and Typescript. I also saw quite a few software / technologies as requirements as well, including: Kafka, Spark, Hadoop, Git, AWS and Docker. Let’s get into some details about these languages!


This is one of the most popular languages right now, this language can be used for software engineering or data science. First off, I saw this language as a requirement in a ton of different positions from Tesla, so if you plan on applying at Tesla, learning Python will allow you to apply to a ton of jobs. On top of this, Python isn’t extremely hard to learn, it’s still hard to become an expert (just like any other language) but it’s still a very solid language to know.

React and Typescript

Next up we have React and Typescript, their both a bit different but very similar as well. React is a library for Javascript, it’s developed by Facebook and used by tons of companies across the world. Typescript is basically an updated version of Javascript, this language was developed by Microsoft. Both of these languages are very popular front end languages and many Tesla positions require these languages.

PHP, CSS and Ruby

Next up we have PHP, CSS and Ruby, I saw quite a few Tesla positions require these languages as well. PHP is a web development language, massive websites like Wordpress (the framework) were built using PHP, if you plan on applying to any engineering position at Tesla, learning PHP would be a very smart thing to do. CSS is another web development language, this is a massively popular language essentially used to add more “character” to websites. Ruby is another language used for web development, although it can be used to do more than that, it is mostly used for its various web development features.

SQL (MySQL, PostgresSQL, NoSQL)

Next up we have SQL and all of the other flavors of this language. This was another massive language required from almost every single job title I saw, ranging from software engineering to data science. SQL allows us to develop databases and essentially extract data from those databases, since Tesla requires experience with AWS, SQL is a massive part in developing out their databases within Redshift. NoSQL, MySQL and PostgresSQL are other flavors of SQL, they all have their unique features capabilities.

C++ and Java

Finally we have C++ and Java, these are both very popular object oriented languages. Since Tesla builds out a bunch of software, if you plan on joining any of their software engineering teams, you might want to learn either C++ or Java (better to learn both). C++ can be used to build applications, games, operating systems and so much more, Java has many of the same functionality. As I mentioned, for a majority of the programming positions that I saw, I noticed that these 2 languages were a requirement.

There you have it, those are most of the common languages I saw required by Tesla. Like I mentioned before, even though the programming languages are important, the frameworks and technologies they require are very important to the positions as well.

As Always

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Thanks for reading!

Data Scientist / Engineer

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