Stack Overflow has asked developers each year since 2011 about their favorite technologies, coding habits, and work preferences. This includes how they learn, share, and earn more money. This year over 64,000 developers took their annual survey.
They learn something new every time they perform the survey, and this year is no exception:
- A common misconception about developers is that they’ve all been programming since childhood. In fact, we see a wide range of experience levels. Among professional developers, 11.3% got their first coding jobs within a year of first learning how to program. A further 36.9% learned to program between one and four years before beginning their careers as developers.
- Only 13.1% of developers are actively looking for a job. But 75.2% of developers are interested in hearing about new job opportunities.
- When we asked respondents what they valued most when considering a new job, 53.3% said remote options were a top priority. A majority of developers, 63.9%, reported working remotely at least one day a month, and 11.1% say they’re full-time remote or almost all the time.
- A majority of developers said they were underpaid. Developers who work in government and non-profits feel the most underpaid, while those who work in finance feel the most overpaid.
So what can you learn from the answers collected during this survey? How about what languages pay the most, or are in the highest demand?
You can get much more detail directly from the Stack Overflow survey results.