I currently program in a proprietary language used in the medical information technology industry. The language could best be described as cross between BASIC and C+. It is not a Windows programming language although there is a fairly nice Windows emulator. It is like a color unix mini-computer type system in its presentation to the user. The language was written by one of the original creators of the ANSI standard MUMPS (M) language.
I also program in Visual Basic (Intermediate Skill) and am very proficient in ACCESS.
My question is this: I like to program but I want to be more useful to the general industry. What Languages/Skills are the most needed now and in the near future?
I would expect the expert answering this question is in a position where their opinion would matter (I.E. Management in an I.T. shop, consultant etc)