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Are Developers being pushed into early retirement?

By . December 20, 2018
Age is just a number; however, a recent survey by Stack Overflow found that the average age of a developer is 27.  Does this mean the older generation are leaving the profession? Or has there been a large influx of new blood into development?

 

image: StackOverflow

 

Other areas of the survey may offer some insight. The average developer in the UK has around 6.5 years of experience. This isn’t necessarily commercial experience with students already possessing 3.5 years experience.

 

image: StackOverflow

 

Another area is salary, while salary by age wasn’t measured, younger people are generally cheaper and with the ever-changing tech landscape older developers may not have kept up to date with new and emerging technologies.

While the study may not be representative of the whole development community but it is certainly eye opening.

I suppose this poses the question ‘will the current generation of ‘Rock star’ developers and ‘C# Ninjas’ be in this profession once they are 35?’

Source: StackOverflow

 

- Niall

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