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Did you know: just 6% of mobile app developers are women, and other interesting facts

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Did you know: just 6  of mobile app developers are women, and other interesting facts

If you ever wanted to take a look at who's building the apps you're using on a daily basis, let this survey by InMobi be your guide. According to the mobile advertising platform, the average developer is a 31 to 35-year old male with less than three of years of app development experience who earns around $6,000 per month. Apparently, only 6% of the 1089 developers surveyed are female, and only 16% of them have more than five years of app making experience. Hmm...

InMobi's survey targeted three regions with established mobile app development scenes – North America, Europe and the Asia-Pacific region. Globally, it is men that dominate the industry, with 91% identifying themselves as male. Europe and the Asia-Pacific region had less than 5% female representatives. In North America, around 11% of app developers were women.

According to the study, the global average age for a developer is 33. App developers in North America are older than their global counterparts, though, with 52% of them aged 35 years old or above. The majority of developers have less than three years of experience, with 34% claiming four-plus years in the industry or more. Most of them also prefer to work on their own, with 47% working as independent developers and 33% working in a team of less than five.

Unsurprisingly, the main motivation for app developers is money.

Unsurprisingly, the main motivation for app developers is money, as almost 35% said revenue was the reason they build apps. 'Fun' and 'Creative opportunity' were cited by 17% and 16%, respectively. 14% of developers said the apps economy is an exciting market to be in, and 6% said it was mainly the lifestyle that attracted them. Alas, for such a profit-minded community, rewards are actually rather low. 55% of developers make $1,000 a month at most, while 4% take home more than $100,000 per month.

The survey says North American developers can earn $9,400 per month on average, despite the fact that 49% of them still earn less than $1,000. Developers in the Asia-Pacific region have it the worst, for 61% among them earn $1,000 or less, whereas average monthly revenue is $3,400. Then again, living standards in Asian countries are different as well.

As for the kind of apps under development, more than 41% of app developers work on mobile games. This is unsurprising, considering how many games are available in both the App Store and Google Play. Entertainment apps account for 32% of all app development, although media apps are surprisingly unpopular, with only 9% of developers working in that area.

source: ARC by Applause

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posted on 17 Mar 2016, 03:11

1. Adreno (banned) (Posts: 755; Member since: 12 Mar 2016)


41% are games. Wow.

And women have more years of experience than men?

What a disgrace. Lel

posted on 17 Mar 2016, 03:43 11

3. nithyakr (Posts: 148; Member since: 20 Jun 2014)


Waiting till all the feminists go crazy on the male developers saying "Men are stealing our jobs"!!

posted on 17 Mar 2016, 04:22 6

5. BradyCrack (Posts: 501; Member since: 29 Dec 2015)


You are all misogynistic fools! DONT YOU SEE THE OPPRESSION? MOST WOMEN ARE SO OPPRESSED, THEY DONT EVEN KNOW IT! HAVE YOU HEARD OF THE WAGE GAP? WOULD YOU LIKE ME TO TELL YOU MORE OF MY "feminist" RESEARCH!? CAUSE I WILL TELL YOU MORE. STUPID RAPIST!

posted on 17 Mar 2016, 11:50 3

15. MotoFoner (Posts: 34; Member since: 11 May 2015)


Yep, you're obviously smoking crack... as your name admits to.

posted on 17 Mar 2016, 12:22

16. Hypergy (Posts: 54; Member since: 24 Feb 2016)


Did you know Women can give birth while Men can't? Stop these stupid ass articles. We are equal but not the same.

posted on 17 Mar 2016, 03:30 7

2. NoToFanboys (Posts: 1126; Member since: 03 Oct 2015)


$9,400 per month? LOL
In our country, $500 per month is actually considered "decent pay".

posted on 23 Mar 2016, 17:23

18. MarinoVladimir (Posts: 41; Member since: 04 Aug 2014)


& what is Your country?

posted on 17 Mar 2016, 04:16

4. dazed1 (Posts: 322; Member since: 28 Jul 2015)


Grabs popcorn.

posted on 17 Mar 2016, 04:43

6. monoke (Posts: 273; Member since: 14 Mar 2015)


No surprises here. Go to a computer science or engineering class, you'd be surprise to find more than 2 females in a class of round 25. lol.

posted on 17 Mar 2016, 05:11

7. Charlie2k (Posts: 23; Member since: 11 Jan 2016)


Well.. Phonearena mentions in every article that there are too few WP-users so there's no Money in making apps for WP. Well.. the study this article refers to indicates the opposite.

posted on 17 Mar 2016, 05:14 4

8. vuyonc (Posts: 987; Member since: 24 Feb 2014)


I'm guessing that ladies aren't so interested in app development then.

posted on 17 Mar 2016, 05:26 1

9. MrElectrifyer (limited) (Posts: 2192; Member since: 21 Oct 2014)


No surprise, chicks are more into fashion, the results would be reversed when you look in the fashion industry...

posted on 17 Mar 2016, 05:29 7

10. BATTERY_LIVES_MATTER (Posts: 89; Member since: 01 Sep 2015)


Most NHL players are white.
Most NBA players are black.
ALL of the players in the above leagues (as well as in MLB and the NFL) are male.
Most lawyers, media moguls, and Hollywood movie producers are J**s.
Most medical nurses are female.
Female workers in the pornographic, prostitution and modeling industries are on average paid vastly higher than their male counterparts.
Most police officers are male.
For military drafts, only males are required to register.

I could go on and on, but you get the point--THERE IS A REASON FOR ALL THIS!

posted on 17 Mar 2016, 06:39 5

11. vuyonc (Posts: 987; Member since: 24 Feb 2014)


LOL since when is "Jews" A derogatory slur?

posted on 17 Mar 2016, 12:24

17. Hypergy (Posts: 54; Member since: 24 Feb 2016)


What do you call 1 white guy surrounded by 5 black guys? Coach
What do you call 1 white guy surrounded by 10 black guys? Quarterback
What do you call 1 white guy surrounded by 50,000 blacks? Warden.
What do you call 1 black guy surrounded by 12 white guys ? Defendant.

posted on 17 Mar 2016, 08:40 5

12. saif2711 (Posts: 69; Member since: 22 Feb 2016)


Thank God otherwise the app would be like I have a boyfriend when you try to open it.

posted on 17 Mar 2016, 11:09

14. michaelny2001 (Posts: 96; Member since: 01 Aug 2012)


just 6% of mobile app developers are women

of course, women don't care about games and most apps. Don't make this sexist. It's like saying 99% of men are not crocheting. Well of course we don't care about it.

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