Be it on the front-end or back-end, web developers do, essentially, one thing: they create your experience on the internet. The web-based industry is booming, and unlike the dot-com bubble that we remember bursting in the early 2000s, experts don’t expect this goliath industry to explode again as much as reach a less euphoric pace of growth.
What does this mean for web developers? Essentially, that the world could use a lot more of them, and we don’t expect that to change. To understand why, we need to look at the big picture. Here are the five things you need to know:
Everyone and their mother uses the internet every day, and it’s changing the way we live our lives.
The market is completely different now than it was pre-2000. Whereas the average nineties home didn’t necessarily have a computer and even cell phones weren’t a given for most people, consumers today are connected by at least a smartphone, if not also a computer or two. They have enthusiastically embraced the World Wide Web and all it can do for them, as have entrepreneurs.
“Web developer job outlook will grow by 27% from 2014 to 2024, much faster than the average for all occupations.”
To wit: we share more with each other than ever before—not just our photos on Facebook, but our homes via Airbnb, our cars via Uber, a home-cooked meal via EatWith. We’re more connected to our friends and family, less lonely, and more distracted. We remember less—but have more information, we’re buying more goods online and less at brick-and-mortar stores. We don’t need to go to high school reunions because we’re tacitly in touch with all those old acquaintances we never talk to (and we like it that way). We even use the internet to fall in love, to take care of our health, and to manage our money.
Now, can you imagine your life without the internet? Didn’t think so. Remember: every single thing you do on the web, you’re able to do because a web developer has created the website or native application you used to do it. As the industry continues to grow, it is clamoring for more web developers. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, web developer job outlook will grow by 27% from 2014 to 2024, much faster than the average for all occupations.
is changing has changed the way we do business and how we make money online.
Most adults bank online and most youth shop online and rick-and-mortar retail is slowly languishing amidst the triumphant rise of e-commerce. But that’s the tip of the iceberg: online retailers are making a killing selling far more than just things, these days, they’re selling “eyeballs and audiences,” too. That’s fantastic news for the web developers who are building the sites and applications that are a) the virtual space that is housing this growing e-commerce, and b) attracting, growing and retaining online audiences in other ways.
It’s easier than ever before for web developers to build beautiful, innovative websites and native applications.
And that’s not going to change. The reason for this sustained growth and innovation is, not ironically, the internet. Web developers now have access to voluminous code libraries they didn’t have before. Whereas programming used to be about memorizing, it’s now about creative problem solving (anything you need to have at your fingertips can be looked up). That makes for more innovation (and it makes it more fun).
Equally importantly, the culture has changed. Coders are collaborative. They’re sharing what they make with one another more than ever before. That means that whatever you build today, you don’t have to start from square one. Whether you want to build a social network or an online store or a messaging program, you can find how others have done it before you—and then build your creative twist into it.
“59 percent of CIOs say a skills shortage prevents their organization from keeping up with the pace of change.”
That means that this boon-for-tech-jobs innovation—the kind of world-rattling new coding that brought us Uber, Slack, and Netflix—is going to keep getting better and better and better. The market isn’t getting more crowded, per se, because the market is expanding into in uncharted territory. It’s more innovative, and exciting, and fun than ever before. most importantly, it’s not going away, because the shifts in the way consumers consumes and innovators innovate are systemic, not trendy.
The market is becoming more sustainable.
The internet is ripe with possibility, and VCs (translation: venture capitalists) are excited about what we don’t yet know that it can do. They’re pouring billions of dollars into the companies that are creating the future of tech—but they’re doing it carefully. That’s a good thing. Industry analyst group Mattermark predicts 2016 will mark a shift toward sustained growth in the startup world, which is good news for your future.
There are a metric ton of unfilled tech jobs right now.
So much so that President Obama recently launched an initiative, Tech Hire, to make sizable dent in filling them. 59 percent of CIOs report that a skills shortage prevents their organization from keeping up with the pace of change. In other words, web developers are in high demand and employers are snapping them up quickly.
So yes, the hype is justified. The industry is scrambling for web development talent. Glassdoor’s list of the 25 best jobs in America is full-to-bursting with tech positions. Companies need (and are willing to pay handsomely for) capable problem solvers with a command of a few code languages. Are you one of them? Or are you about to be?