Every year Stack Overflow runs as survey where they asks their users about their favourite tools, languages, etc... A little while ago they published the results of the 2017 edition.
We learn something new every time we run our survey. 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.