Career Aims and Opportunities

Most developers are happy in their field: 33 percent want to continue their current activity in five years. Another 23 percent want to further specialize in their field. 13 percent want to start their own business. However, five years from now 5 percent see themselves at a point where they are entirely done with software development.

That the need for change in the majority is rather small, could be due to the very high degree of the participant’s satisfaction. 37 percent of the developers are extremely satisfied, another 39 percent moderately satisfied and 12 percent slightly satisfied. Only about 3 percent are dissatisfied.

45 percent of the participants are not looking for a new job, another 44 percent are satisfied but quite open to new ideas. 3 percent of the employees are actively looking. Another 3 percent are self-employed and do not want to change that.

Forty percent of the participants have been working in the same capacity for more than four years. The remaining 60 percent are spread over the "two to four years", "one to two years" and "less than a year" periods in increments of 20 percent.

What are the most important reasons for participants when choosing their job? At 18 percent, corporate culture and corporate climate clearly rank first. Followed by personal development opportunities with almost 18 percent and the technologies used in the company with 14 percent. Not directly queried but often mentioned in the comments was also the distance from home to work. This is probably also reflected in the desire to be able to work at home, which is in fourth place with about 12 percent of the answers.

Since multiple answers were possible here, there is an interesting perspective if one compares the number of participants to the respective number of answers. Out of 629 people, 78 percent value corporate culture, 76 percent personal development opportunities, 62 percent the technology used, and 52 percent the ability to work from home.

When it comes to benefits, the issue of salary is top with 26 percent. Eighteen percent of responses value a training budget and 15 percent a budget for computer and office equipment.

Since multiple answers were also possible here, an interesting perspective emerges again if one compares the number of participants to the respective number of answers: Of the 622 persons answering here, 83 percent value salary, 57 percent a training budget and 46 percent a budget for computer and office equipment.


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