As a software developer, you must often find yourselves on crossroads asking the questions – Which technology should I work on? What new trends in the market will provide best job security? What software innovation will help reap dividends from my company’s IPO?
Focus on complex stuff or chase the coolness factor?
In a recent survey conducted by State of the Developer Nation (Q1, 2017), it becomes clear that areas of higher technical complexity have higher barriers to entry and since not everyone is able to perform the job – these are also the areas that pay more. Also, developers who work on cloud computing projects and backend services tend to earn more than front-end web and mobile app developers. Web and mobile have become the most commoditized skills with low entry barriers and have seen the skills and jobs getting outsourced to regions with lower costs of living.
Developers are highly mobile – across regions and across developer skill categories – and therefore its is expected that remote developer workforce would even out the regional disparities in the income distribution. From the chart you can see that we are still a long ways off – the regional skew in the top wages in each category is very clear even though the distribution at the bottom salary ranges in each of these categories are closer.
To find out where you stand compared to other developers in your country/ region by taking the Developer Economics Survey and receive instant feedback on how you compare with developers in your region as well as across regions within your area of specialization.