A new report by market research firm IDC predicts that
"The IDC 2002 Worldwide Professional Developer Model" study surveyed the number of professional developers in 191 countries and six geographic areas. The study defined a professional developer as a "paid professional who uses application development tools to build applications." Developers also had to be employed to be counted in the study, according to a statement released by IDC.
With 1.7 million software developers, the Asia/Pacific region is currently the No. 2 producer of development talent, surpassing
With strong growth in the number of professional developers projected over the next two years in countries such as
In addition to the Asia/Pacific region,
IDC researchers did not rely on census or historical data in calculating the number of developers in each country. Instead, a statistical model was developed that derived the number of developers from several variables such as population forecasts, figures on software spending, and the level of higher education in the general population.
The number of software developers was predicted to grow the most rapidly in countries such as
In countries such as the
Not surprisingly, the sharp economic downturn in
The number of developers in
Overall, the study found that the number of professional developers worldwide is growing. The world's population of developers will reach 13.3 million by 2006, from just 7.8 million in 2001, according to IDC.