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The Changing Face of Software Developers

April 20, 2017

We all change as time goes by, but when we’re talking demographics sometimes those changes aren’t always what we might expect.  Take software developers, for example.  Developers are for the most part getting younger.

The median age of today’s software developers has decreased overall on a worldwide basis according our recently released Developer Marketing 2017 survey report. This report shows the median age of developers by region and trends in the four major regions going back ten years.

The overall age decline is largely due to an increase in younger Latin American developers, where the median age is now 35 as well as to the APAC region where the median age is 34. Developers in the EMEA region, typically the oldest developers have also gotten younger with a median age of 40 – down from 42 last year. The median age of developers in North America remained steady at 39.

However, the real change that has been occurring is the rise in number of women developers. That number has quadrupled in the last ten years, with sharp increases over the last few years. Today, more than a quarter of all developers are women when we look at the worldwide population. The largest area of growth for the number of women developers is occurring in the APAC region, and in emerging regions such as APAC and Latin America that growth is being driven by young women entering the profession.  In APAC the percent of developers under 30 years of age who are female is almost 40%.  North America has the smallest percentage of female developers of all regions, with just less than 18%, but that’s a lot of growth compared to ten years ago..

Many major technology vendors have gone out of their way to try to get women involved in STEM activities, and organization devoted to getting women into technology like “Girls Who Code” have been making significant progress towards evening out the gender basis in technology.  Looks like it’s working!

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