For better or worse, the doom and gloom phase is over. But it depends on where you are hoping to get a job I suppose though.
With computer programming, yes you do need to stay current with new stuff but don't worry about specific languages. Languages are just tools, the important thing is the know programming concepts, such as variables, classes, functions, algorithms, etc. Then to use a new language you just need to learn the syntax, the concepts are the same.
If you are concerned about lack of jobs in your area, go and look at what openings are out there now. If you see a lot of stuff you'd be interested in, that will be your answer.