Python’s not feeling as much love as it used to. But Rust is loved more.
In the US, 58% of developers are full-stack. 14% identify as DevOps specialists, an envious role as they and site reliability engineers are among the highest-paid individual contributors. No wonder then that 48% of IT professionals believe DevOps is an extremely important job.
These are just a sampler of how some 64,000 respondents – mostly professional developers, but also including students, marketers, hobbyists and a smattering of others — from 186 countries responded to Stack Overflow’s annual Developer Survey. The US sample accounted for almost one-in-five responses, followed by India at 13% of the total.
Of all the programing languages developers work with, 86% say they love Rust best. Python, a perennial 2nd place love, was displaced this year by Typescript, loved by 67%. Still, 30% of developers who don’t work with Python want to learn it. Half that many want to learn Rust.
As might be expected, men accounted for 92% of professionals. In the US, 12% identified as women or non-binary. 71% were white and three-quarters have at least a bachelor’s degree.
At the time the survey was conducted in February, before COVID-19 concerns closed businesses, 83% of the survey’s worldwide professional developers were employed full-time. One-in-ten was a contractor, freelancer or self-employed. In the US, only 6% of the respondents described themselves as freelancers, contractors or self-employed; 79% were full-timers.
By far, most work for smaller companies. Of all respondents in the survey, 60% said they work for a company with fewer than 500 employees. Only 14% work for a company bigger than 10,000 employees.
63% of respondents are satisfied with their job; only 17% globally are actively looking for a new job. Fewer (14%) in the US are looking. However, a majority say that though they’re not actively looking, they’re open to being approached with new opportunities.