Minnesota ranks within the top 20 states in the nation for both total app developer employment – 11,890 professionals according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ (BLS) most recent tally in 2014 – as well as the average salary for these professionals, $91,720 per year.
Minnesota’s app developers also have a strong outlook state-wide when it comes to job growth. Between 2012 and 2022 the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development projects that app developers will swell their ranks by 300 jobs every year, coming out to an 11 percent growth rate over the decade. This compares favorably to the state’s overall average job growth rate of just seven percent for the same period.
Minnesota companies and government support mobile app developers. That’s because these professionals spur innovation and economic growth. In 2012 the international wireless communication trade group CTIA estimated that Minnesota’s app industry generates $475 million each year, a number that is expected to grow along with the state’s app professionals.
The growth of Minnesota’s app industry is a story about the growth of mobile devices throughout the state, made possible by expanding wireless network coverage and speed.
Minnesota’s Growing Connectivity
Today Minnesota’s residents can get internet access virtually anywhere in the state except a few regions, namely the Mississippi Headwaters State Forest and the national and state forests along the state’s northern boarder with Canada. A 2015 report released by the FCC found that 76.5 percent of Minnesota residents access the internet with a broadband connection. The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy recently reported that up to 40 percent of the state’s rural residents had access to internet speeds of at least 25 Mbps.
In addition to speed, the number of Minnesotans who are connected to the internet is also improving. According to the FCC, residential internet connections have grown from 1.55 million in 2009 to 4.02 million at the beginning of 2014.
Collectively, these improvements in internet connections and wireless network coverage have lead to the FCCs recent estimate that there are 3.14 million mobile wireless devices such as smartphones in circulation throughout the state.