Highlights from Stack Overflow’s 2018 survey of 100,000 developers
This week Stack Overflow out the results of their annual developer survey.
This year, they had more than 100,000 respondents, making it the world’s largest developer survey.
So, here’s a lightning-fast snapshot of what the software development profession looks like in 2018.
The software development field is dominated by passionate newbies
Most professional developers are relatively new to coding. 55% have been coding for less than 8 years, and a 1/3 have been coding for less than 5 years.
And most developers have less than 5 years of professional experience coding.
Nearly half of all professional developers also contribute to open source.
And almost all professional developers enjoy coding as a hobby as well.
A quarter of all professional developers don’t have a bachelor’s degree.
And of the professional developers who have a bachelor’s degree, 1 in 3 have a major unrelated to computer science or software engineering.
Virtually all professional developers learn new skills informally — most commonly through online courses and teaching themselves using the documentation.
Most developers work full-time for somebody else, and about 10% of them freelance. Only 5% of developers who want to work are currently unemployed — much better employment stats than pretty much any field.
They work in a wide range of industries — many of them outside of what we traditionally think of as “tech.”
And most of them at small-to-medium-sized companies. The more experience a developer has, the more likely they are to work at a large company.
They’re an ambitious lot. Only 1 in 5 developers wants to be working in the same capacity 5 years from now. A quarter of developers aspire to start their own company.
73% of developers are satisfied with their choice of careers.
SQL databases are still the most commonly used. Document store database MongoDB and key-value store database Redis both surged in popularity this year.
Software development is still overwhelmingly dominated by young…
These numbers are disappointing. It’s important to acknowledge where things are, and that a lot of work remains to be done here.
A lot of organizations are working toward making software development a more inclusive field and many of the nonprofits we support.
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They aren’t as vampire-like as Hollywood would suggest.
They do spend more than half of their waking life on a computer, though.