The outlook for app developers in Kansas has been steadily great over the past several years, and this trend is projected to continue into the future. Based on figures released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, in 2010 there were 2,840 software app developers in Kansas. In 2014 that number had grown by over 20 percent to 3,600, with those professionals earning an average of $86,510 each year. The Kansas Department of Labor projects that in the decade leading up to 2022 app developers will swell their ranks by another 22 percent – a number far higher than the state’s average job growth – adding over 100 openings in this field each year.
Like much of the rest of the nation, today Kansas is riding a wave of app prosperity thanks to prior development of its wireless network infrastructure and the boom of smartphones. At present the FCC estimates there are more than 1.8 million mobile wireless devices like smartphones in circulation throughout the state. The main trade group for the wireless communication industry CTIA estimates that each year the Kansas app industry generates approximately $112 million.
App developers are taking advantage of the convergence of the perfect combination of expanding wireless network coverage and increasing network speed to achieve new records across Kansas.
Kansas’ Perfect Storm of Network Speed and Coverage
With today’s environment, smartphones and the apps they use will undoubtedly continue to enjoy market growth throughout Kansas. Presently the state enjoys a wireless coverage rate that is nearly 100 percent – well above most states – as well as one of the highest percentages of network provider choices per population in the nation. This broad area of coverage has encouraged an increasing amount of connectivity.
According to the FCC, in 2009 Kansas had just 864,000 residential internet connections. By the beginning of 2014 this number had more than doubled to 2.05 million.
Internet speed in Kansas has also been improving over recent years. According to a 2015 report released by FCC, today 73 percent of the state’s residents access the internet with a broadband connection. The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy reports that up to 40 percent of Kansas’ rural population has access to an internet connection that is at least 25 Mbps.