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Julia Silge

Julia Silge
Julia Silge is a data scientist at Stack Overflow. She enjoys making beautiful charts, the statistical programming language R, black coffee, red wine, and the mountains of her adopted home state of Utah. She has a PhD in astrophysics and an abiding love for Jane Austen.
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Hiring Developers in the Asia-Pacific Region

You've likely seen our blog posts about the North American and UKI Developer Landscape reports, which focus on regional developer data in those areas. But those aren't the only regions who are home to a large number of those in the software industry. Today, we'll explore the population of software developers in the Asia-Pacific region, what their characteristics are, and how they compare to their counterparts elsewhere.

What You Can Learn About Developer Job Preferences, from Students to Professionals

We often think of coders as those who work within software and tech companies, but developers work at all kinds of companies, from finance to media, and healthcare to manufacturing. I’ve spent my whole career writing code in some capacity or another, but my job here at Stack Overflow is my first where I officially work within the software industry.

I recently analyzed data from the 2017 Stack Overflow Developer Survey to better understand new developers who are entering the workforce today. We can use these results to further explore the population of new developers by comparing students with professional developers already in the workforce.

This Is How Data Scientists Search For Jobs

More and more companies are looking to fill open Data Scientist roles for their technical team. In fact, 8.4% of respondents who took our Annual Developer Survey identified as Data Scientists, up 6.8% from last year's results. Looking at Google Trends, we also see that interest in the term "Data Scientist" has steadily increased over the past 5 years. 

My fellow Data Scientist David Robinson and I have noticed several priorities in our own job searches, as well as our peers. While the role of a Data Scientist (and how to hire them) is all still in flux, we've found the following points important and broadly applicable. 

Hiring Developers Throughout the Year

We often hear questions from employers about when the best (and worst) times for hiring developers are throughout the year. Are certain months better for getting the attention of interested developers? Is it a bad idea to post a new job right before the holidays? Are developers less interested in considering a career change during the summer months? With summer right around the corner, let's dig into the data we have on developer job-hunting habits through the year on Stack Overflow.

What Benefits Are Companies Offering Developers?

I just started my new job here at Stack Overflow, and like most of us, one thing I think about when considering a career move is what kind of benefits a company offers. Firms looking to hire developers can create a company page here at Stack Overflow. This means that we here on the Data Team can explore what types of benefits companies offer developers and how those benefits change across companies of different sizes or in different locations. In this post, we'll use text mining and data visualization to investigate the developer benefits that companies offer.

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