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Overview

As the largest, most trusted online developer community, more than 50 million professional and aspiring programmers visit Stack Overflow each month. Each year, we survey the programming community on topics ranging from their ideal working environment to their thoughts on artificial intelligence.

This year, over 100,000 respondents from around the world participated, making it the world’s largest and most comprehensive developer survey. Nearly 24,000 of those respondents were located in North America.

Discover everything you need to know about developers with The North American Developer Hiring Landscape 2018.

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What's Inside?

The 2018 Developer Hiring Landscape covers everything you need to know about developers, including basic demographics, the education they've completed, employment status, salaries, favorite technologies, and more. 

Demographics

Demographics

  • Age & gender
  • Location
  • Job Titles

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Education

Education

  • Bootcamps & hackathons
  • Fields of study
  • Years of coding experience

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Work

Work

  • Employment status
  • Career satisfaction
  • Median salaries

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Technology

Technology

  • Favorite programming languages
  • Popular frameworks & libraries
  • Most dreaded databases

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Artificial Intelligence

Artificial Intelligence

  • Dangers of AI
  • Ramifications of AI
  • Future of AI

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Stack Overflow

Stack Overflow

  • Frequency of visitors
  • Amount of participation
  • Feelings on Stack Overflow

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Demographics

Developers all over the world are writing the script for the future. Here's what they look like. 

  • Over 55% of developers identify as Back-End Developers. 
  • Over 15% of developers are located in California.
  • About 65% of professional developers are younger than 35.small tweet icon.png  

 

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Education

See how the world’s developers are learning to code through traditional and non-traditional forms of education.

  • Over 92% of developers said they have taught themselves a new language outside of their formal education.
  • 58% of developers have less than five years of professional coding experience.small tweet icon.png

 

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Work

Every company needs to hire developers. Here’s an inside look at how to reach, attract, and hire them.

  • Over 80% of developers are employed at least part-time.
  • Engineering Managers, DevOps Specialists, and Data Scientists command the highest salaries.
  • 70% of developers are interested in hearing about new job opportunities.small tweet icon.png

 

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Technology

Technology makes the world go ‘round. Here’s what developers like to use, want to use, and dread to use.

  • MySQL and SQL Server are the most commonly used databases. 
  • Almost 90% of developers check in their code via Git.
  • JavaScript is the most commonly used programming language.small tweet icon.png

 

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Artificial Intelligence

What do developers think about the rise in A.I.?

  • Over 73% of developers are overall more excited than worried about the future of AI. 
  • Over 44% of developers said "increasing automation of jobs" was the most exciting part of AI.small tweet icon.png

 

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Stack Overflow

How developers use and describe the world’s largest programming community.

  • Over 25% of respondents visit Stack Overflow at least once a day. small tweet icon.png

 

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