A new report from Evans Data finds that the number of people worldwide working as developers is growing at a very rapid pace, led by a rise in mobile development. According to the firm, there are now 8.7 million developers worldwide, 700,000 more than last year. Since 2010, the number of developers has doubled, and it could reach 25 million by 2020.
Of those developers, 19 million are software developers, and of those, about half are working on mobile development projects. "People who think that mobile developers are only developers who sell apps through app stores are seeing just a small part of the overall picture," said Janel Garvin, CEO of Evans Data Corp. "Mobile development is becoming ubiquitous thanks to the prominence of mobile devices as the preferred client in both enterprise and consumer environments. And cloud is the perfect enabler for mobility in these realms as well as in related Internet of Things implementations. We see no slowing of mobile development anywhere in the near future."
The report also noted that the number of developers in Asia has grown particularly rapidly, and the number of female developers is up 87 percent since 2001.