How Many Professionals Are There in The Global Developer Population?

//How Many Professionals Are There in The Global Developer Population?

How many developers are there in the world? How many professionals are they? Is the market saturating? What are the different characteristics of the developer population? Here are many questions, among others, that can be asked as a developer.

The developer’s job is attracting more and more people with the ever-increasing, even primordial, place of computing in the world today. Many of them are active on specialized websites and forums or community development platforms like GitHub.

However, the number of developers around the world can be difficult to estimate with very good accuracy when it is known that they may remain disconnected from social networking for developers in different parts of the world. It is necessary to be able to distinguish among the developers present on these platforms, the professionals of those who are just amateurs.


Studies have already addressed these issues. By 2014, IDC estimated that there were about 18.5 million developers worldwide and that about 11 million of them were professionals and 7.5 million amateurs. Evans Data, for its part, revealed in a report of 2016 on the study of the world’s population of developers and its geographical distribution that there were 21 million developers on the planet. The professionals of those who are just amateurs. Studies have already addressed these issues.

While it ‘s hard to estimate the number of developers around the world, what would be more interesting in this kind of study is to present the different characteristics of the developer population identified. It was the focus of a study carried out by VisionMobile in 2016. More than 30,000 developers from all over the world participated in this survey covering different platforms (mobile, AR/VR, IoT, Desktop, Machine Learning, Cloud, etc.); which provided an overview of the developer structure around the world.

To facilitate the interpretation of these results, they have been reported to a population of 100 developers. They provide a more realistic estimate of the global distribution of developers according to gender (male or female) and geographic (continental) location.

  • 94% of developers were men and only 6% of women;
  • 34% of developers were located in Asia, 30% in Europe, 25% in North America, 5% in South America, 4% in Africa and 2% in Oceania.


It was also found that the majority of developers were professionals (77%), but a significant proportion were amateurs (23%). 7% work in the 4 domains, 23% in 3 domains, 36% in 2 domains and 34% in 4 domains (Mobile, IoT, Desktop, and Cloud) in one domain.


It appears that 17% of these developers had less than one year of experience, 43% of them had 1 to 6 years of experience, and 47% of them had more than 6 years of experience.

By |2017-06-29T14:12:38+00:00June 29th, 2017|Tips & Tactics|2 Comments


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  2. Johanna Hernandez December 23, 2017 at 4:29 am - Reply

    The latest trends in the analysis of the availability of new technologies and the availability index of new technologies released by the World Economic Forum (2009) for the year from 2008 to 2009, the top ten places, from 134 countries included, they are occupied by first world economies. At the end of the first decade of the 21st century, it is clear that high-speed networks must be an integral part of the basic infrastructure of any country. In fact, these are the foundations of the knowledge economy. Not only in the most advanced economies, connectivity strengthens productivity, generates jobs and improves health care. The knowledge and use of the Internet is one of the most important aspects to know in what state the connectivity and network infrastructure is. Because of the rapid growth of the population, the results obtained give an assessment on the use of the large number of citizens worldwide. As noted, there is a noticeable increase in the percentage of citizens who use the Internet regularly, while those who irregularly decrease. The software industry in Latin America also has cooperation associations through different integration initiatives. These associations aim to promote policies, improve markets and distribution chains, help their members improve their competitive capabilities and seek alternatives for the development of joint programs based on mutual benefit. One of these examples is the Federation of Associations of Latin American, Caribbean and Spain of Information Technology Entities, which associates numerous companies in Latin America and the Iberian country. Good article!

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