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2019 Stack Overflow Developer Survey

Stack Overflow’s annual Developer Survey is the largest and most comprehensive survey of people who code around the world with participation from nearly 90,000 developers.

2019 Stack Overflow Developer Survey

Job hopping is the norm for software developers, but the majority remain passive in their job search. Continued learning is a big trend for developers, so hiring managers should try training and education as a perk to attract top talent.

Highlights from the report:

  • Python, the fastest-growing major programming language, edged out Java this year and remains the second most loved language (behind Rust).
  • DevOps specialists and site reliability engineers are among the highest paid, most experienced developers most satisfied with their jobs, and are looking for new jobs at the lowest levels.
  • Only 15% of respondents are actively looking for a job, but almost 75% are interested in hearing about new job opportunities.
  • Over half of the respondents on our survey have taken a new job within the past two years; frequent job changes are the norm for software developers.
  • 45% of professional developers on Stack Overflow learned to code less than 10 years ago.
  • Worldwide, about three-fourths of professional developer respondents have the equivalent of a bachelor's degree or higher.
  • Developers are lifelong learners; almost 90% of all developers say they have taught themselves a new language, framework, or tool outside of their formal education.
  • Among professional developers, about 60% say they took an online course like a MOOC (up significantly from last year), and about a quarter have participated in a hackathon.

Read the full report here.

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