According to the newly released Evans Data Worldwide Developer Population and Demographics Study, the total developer population worldwide is expected to increase to 26.4 million by 2019, up from 18.2 million today. The strongest growth is expected in the APAC region with India and China leading all countries in expected developer population growth. Russia is also expected to provide strong growth and dominate the Eastern European region. Slower growth is predicted for North America and Eastern Europe, while Latin America is expected to continue on a moderate growth cycle.
The Worldwide Developer Population and Demographics Study is the result of exhaustive secondary research from respected sources including the World Bank data center, CIA World Factbook, US Census, Mobile World Congress, International Monetary Fund, National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER), and numerous other regional and country-specific sources. These data inputs are combined in a proprietary computer model to forecast population growth in the coming years. Additionally, Evans’ Global Development survey is over-layered on the population model to predict number of developers using a particular platform or language or adopting a particular technology.
“APAC has shown the strongest growth for several years,” said Janel Garvin, CEO of Evans Data. “India is, of course, the main powerhouse that’s driving such a strong surge in developers in that region, but China is also starting to come online and we expect that once it hits its potential China will become a rival to India on sheer numbers of developers.”
The Worldwide Developer Population and Demographics Study is conducted twice a year and the spring volume shipped to subscribers on June 17, 2013. Full Table of Contents with methodology can be found here: http://www.evansdata.com/reports/viewRelease.php?reportID=9