Software Developers Enjoy Career Rewards

By Dennis McCafferty
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    70% of developers plan to stay with their current employer for five years or more, and 25% plan to stay for more than 10 years.

It's a great time to be a software developer. First of all, U.S. News & World Report ranks the profession as the No. 1 career in both its "Best Technology Jobs" and "100 Best Jobs" overall list. And if you need further validation, look no further than the following survey findings from Chef, an IT automation company that models infrastructure and application delivery as code. Software developers responding to the Chef survey said they are happier with their jobs than other IT professionals, while also making long-term commitments to their current employer. These developers are emerging as respected—if not essential—organizational influencers on business decisions, and they even find time to volunteer and contribute to the greater good of their local communities. What's not to like? "Developers are the growth engine powering enterprises today," says Barry Crist, Chef CEO. "[They are] evolving as powerful, connected influencers who are mobilizing to shape more than code across business and society." An estimated 1,000 U.S. software developers took part in the research.

This article was originally published on 2014-05-01
Dennis McCafferty is a freelance writer for Baseline Magazine.
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