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Survey Finds Most Coders Are Self-Taught

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A new survey of coders by Stack Overflow has found most are self-educated and receive little formal training.


Most programmers are self-educated and have received little formal training, according to a new Stack Overflow survey of 50,000 coders.

A majority--69.1%--were self-taught, while 43.9% received on-the-job training, and 34.8% earned a bachelor's degree in computer science.

The best-paid programmers where those with a Ph.D., yet they comprised only 2.1% of survey respondents.

Full-stack Web developers accounted for 28% of respondents, and back-end Web developers constituted 12.2%.

Coders of mobile apps made up 8.3% and desktop app developers totaled 6.9%, while only 2.2% of developers focused on DevOps.

Developers under 30 years old made up 59% of all programmers, and 92.8% of respondents were male, versus 5.8% female.

Oddly, the largest group of female developers was aged 20 to 24, at 7.2%, and then it declined to the 35- to 39-year-old group at 4.2%, then rose again. Coders older than 60 comprised the second-largest female developer group at 7.1%.

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Charles Sharp

This article is hilarious.

If you follow the link from the article to the survey itself, you will find other amazing attributes of today's professional development community.

I was very surprised to find that more than 35% of my development peers used Notepad++ as their editor. Equally surprising was that more than 35% also used Visual Basic.

A survey of 50,000 self-selected individuals from StackOverflow is interesting but hardly representative and should not be presented as such.

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