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IDC: World's Software Developer Population Now 18.5 Million

More than half of those developers are employed professionals.


Analyst firm IDC has published new research about the software development labor market. The company believes there are 18.5 million software developers in the world. Approximately 11 million of those people are professionals, and 7.5 million are hobbyists.

Broken down by country, the U.S. is home to more to developers than any other country—19 percent of the total. It is followed by China with 10 percent and India with 9.8 percent.

The report adds that the cloud computing boom is leading to an increase in developers, and the growing importance of mobile apps is generating an increase in hobbyist developers.

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