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Stack Overflow Survey: Half of Developers Have Less than 5 Years Professional Experience

  • March 22, 2017
  • By Developer.com Staff

Stack Overflow has released the results of its annual developer survey, which polled more than 64,000 developers around the world. Some of the more interesting findings included the following:

  • More than 50 percent of developers have been coding professionally for five years or less; only 7.5 percent of respondents had 20 years of experience or more.
  • Only 13.1 percent of developers are actively looking for a job, but 75.2 percent would be interested in hearing about new opportunities.
  • 44.9 percent of respondents believe they are somewhat underpaid, and 11.6 percent believe they are greatly underpaid.
  • 53.3 percent said being able to work remotely is a top priority.
  • Go and Scala developers earn the most money.
  • JavaScript, SQL and Java are the most commonly used programming languages.
  • Rust, SmallTalk and TypeScript are the most loved languages.
  • Visual Basic 6, VBA and CoffeeScript are the most dreaded languages.
  • Only 7.6 percent of the developers in the survey identified themselves as female.

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