According to the Florida Agency for Workforce Innovation, the average job growth in Florida between 2012 and 2022 is projected to be 12.4 percent. Software application developers should experience a growth rate more than double that, coming out to 27 percent by the year 2022, adding 870 jobs per year across the state between now and then.
Currently there are 27,630 professional app developers working throughout the state, earning an average yearly salary of $84,650. That’s up from 2010 when there were 20,340 app developers working across the state, earning an average yearly salary below $80,000, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
A study completed by CTIA The Wireless Association found that Florida’s app industry has a yearly economic impact of $587 million. Florida’s app market is on fire, driven by a new business model that makes it nearly essential for companies to have an online presence that is integrated with a relevant mobile application. This comes as a result of the mobile device industry that has taken the nation and Florida by storm, built on a foundation of wireless networks that are ever-increasing in speed and range.
Florida’s App Industry Spurred by Mobile Device Growth
Today most Floridians have their choice between at least four network providers. Over 98 percent of the population has access to a broadband network with speeds of at least 10 Mpbs, according to a collaborative report released by the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy and the National Economic Council.
By 2012 the FCC reported Florida had one of the highest number of smartphones and other mobile wireless devices in the nation, with more than 10.1 million in circulation – a number that has undoubtedly grown to the present time. FCC statistics about connectivity help to illustrate the underlying reasons behind this growth:
- In 2009 there were 6.15 million residential internet connections in Florida.
- At the beginning of 2014 there were 15.97 million residential internet connections in Florida.
- In 2011 approximately 32 percent of Florida households had a wireless-only phone connection.
- In 2014 approximately 44 percent of Florida households had a wireless-only phone connection.