Stack Overflow 2021 Survey Results sumary
Stack Overflow has become, after a journey of years, the most important public meeting place for programmers, especially those dedicated to software development. In short, it is a macrophor in which programmers and computer scientists from all over the world ask questions and resolve doubts about the problems or findings that each one makes in their job or in their training. In other words, Stack Overflow is the largest point of collaboration between millions of IT professionals around the world, and the largest knowledge exchange network between them.
If you are interested in computing or programming, and especially in development, Stack Overflow is the place that can contribute the most. And, in this sense, there is a fact that has already become a great event in the sector, because it serves to somehow summarize everything learned during a year and respond to the most important questions of the moment. We are talking about the annual Stack Overflow survey, known as the Stack Overflow Developer Survey. Given the volume of users of this platform, the relevance of this survey is stratospheric.
The results for 2021 have practically just come to light (they were published on August 2). And, as always, it is essential to know them to be really up to date in the field of programming and software development. Next, we review the most relevant data in a clear and simple way.
It is important to note that the survey this year was held between May 25 and June 15, and the most important topics discussed were those related to the GNU / Linux Operating System and free and open applications / languages.
What are the IT professionals who participate in Stack Overflow like?
We have already said that Stack Overflow encompasses the majority of IT professionals in the world. Therefore, knowing how your users are will give us a good image of what programmers and developers are like today.
The survey was conducted with more than 80,000 people, and the majority of respondents came from internationally important IT foci: the United States, India, Germany, the United Kingdom and Ireland. Although it is important to specify that the respondents came from more than 180 countries.
The United States and India continue to provide the highest volume of survey responses, followed by Germany and UKI (United Kingdom and Ireland). The top ten countries account for almost 60% of all respondents.
Perhaps the most revealing data at this point has been related to training. Almost 60% of the people surveyed affirm that they have learned to code with online training, especially the youngest. The main sources of training for them are online courses and forums. The older ones, however, have been trained with traditional media, mainly educational centers and books.
And a very curious fact: the majority of the participants in the survey have affirmed that they wrote their first line of programming between the ages of 11 and 17.
How IT professionals who participate in Stack Overflow work
IT professions are increasingly in demand and have become essential for today’s world. However, especially in some countries, programmers and developers are not valued enough and have to work as a freelancer or in not too stable conditions. Therefore, a concern for workers in this sector, especially among the youngest, is to find out what their employment situation will be and how they can access positions in which they can really perform their functions in the best conditions. Thus, the Stack Overflow survey takes into account how you work and what conditions in the world of IT professions worldwide. The following are the most important data we can extract this year.
The percentage of software developers employed full time is down 2% from last year. However, there is still an overwhelming majority of full-time employees: 81%. In the same way, the percentage of these IT professionals who are currently freelancers has increased almost another 2% compared to 2020, it has gone from 9.5% to 11.2%. This may indicate a possible trend towards an increase in job insecurity in the sector.
As for the most used framework, this year React.js has overtaken jQuery. In addition, Perl has risen to the fifth highest paid in 2021, after ranking first last year.
The highest paid developers this year are Clojure, and they outnumber second-place F# by $ 14,000.
When it comes to operating systems, Windows is still in the lead. Although the GNU / Linux data is very relevant, considering that we are talking about professional developers. This operating system has exceeded 25% among those surveyed.
If you want to know the complete Stack Overflow survey results, follow this link.