How many software developers are there in the world?
International Data Corporation (IDC) recently released some figures that may provide encouragement for budding software developers. The IT market research firm's 2014 Worldwide Software Developer and ICT-Skilled Worker Estimates report found that there are approximately 18.5 million software developers in the world, 11 million of which are professional developers.
IDC also forecast that there are almost 30 million workers around the world who are skilled in ICT, highlighting the growing need for the modern employee to have IT and technical skills.
Al Hilwa, program director for Application Development Software at IDC, explained that the rise of cloud computing was one of the biggest factors behind the push in the number of software developers worldwide.
"While the numbers of both developers and ICT-skilled workers are expected to grow over the next few years, shifts in how IT is being delivered through cloud services will favor the growth in developers over other ICT-skilled workers," he said in a December 17 media release.
Although the United States, as expected, claimed the highest proportion (19 per cent) of the global software development workforce, the industry in Australia seems to bode well for the future. The Australian government's Job Outlook initiative revealed that the number of job openings for software and applications programmers is set to be "above average" from now through to November 2017, with employment in this sector expected to "grow moderately".