The Geek Shall Inherit the Earth: Why Developers Are More Valuable than Ever


By Alex Viall, Mustard IT

The Age of Information has been a tremendous transition for humanity, but there have been stages even within this period. The data centres that have transformed our world today have undergone their own tremendous developments, and they will continue to do so in a way that is only going to change the landscape of information technology further.

The Success of Software Developers

Software developers are rapidly becoming some of the most successful people in the world today. The US New and World Report indicates that even the most poorly paid software developers will take in around $72,290 every single year, and the most talented and highly paid software developers will easily earn six figures a year. The average annual salary of a software developer is $92,660, which is a salary that many people won’t earn until they’re nearly at the end of their careers. Software developers are in high demand today and they can achieve astronomical success even when they’re very young professionals.

The success of talented software developers isn’t surprising. They have skills that are increasingly valued on both an economic and cultural level. Today, the ownership of smartphones and computers is nearly universal and people use and consume social media at an ever-accelerating rate. Many people work exclusively online. Software developers can take advantage of the economies of scale in a way that would have been impossible before the world starting running on information technology.


Technological Developments That Have Helped Software Developers

The conflict between software developers and system administrators held back the individual progress of plenty of software developers here and there, and may have ultimately limited the progression of information technology in some ways.

However, the cloud has made all the difference in terms of information and communication technology in general, so it isn’t surprising that it would be similarly revolutionary with regards to software development.

People can store a tremendous amount of data in the Cloud, and they will avoid losing important pieces of information as a result. They don’t just have to rely on hard drives in order to ensure that everything is appropriately backed up: they have an entire external system that has everything on hand. The cloud isn’t just immensely helpful for storing information, it is also instrumental in creating new information technology and coming up with new advances.

For example, Amazon Web Services and other Cloud platforms have freed developers, giving them greater flexibility and freedom. Developers can move back and forth between programming languages and databases and software developers have much more room for creativity as a result.

This freedom is also going to make it that much easier for software developers to avoid the problem of inertia. Old school system administrators are going to be somewhat behind the times in one way or another, since their function within their organizations is very different from the function that software developers have. Software developers are the ones who really know the business and now, increasingly, they’re the ones who are in charge.

About the Author

Alex Viall is the Director of Mustard IT a London based company which offers professional IT Support to businesses across Essex, London and the Home Counties.

Photo credit: Nourdine Gernelle / Matylda Czarnecka

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