Nebraska’s mobile application developers are currently riding a wave of innovation and development that is expected to continue as far as the state can see. The Nebraska Department of Labor projects that in the decade leading up to 2022, app developers will increase their numbers by 21 percent, with 160 job openings in this field statewide each year.
If the past is anything to go on, this projection will undoubtedly bear fruit. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) numbers show that in 2010 there were 3,330 app developers working in Nebraska. Today’s figures show that number has grown in just four years to 4,420 professionals, who earn an average of $79,800 each year.
App developers drive business, improve public services, and stimulate the local economy. The international wireless industry trade group CTIA estimates that each year Nebraska’s app industry has an economic impact of $38 million dollars.
Mobile Device Revolution in Nebraska
Today most Nebraska residents have access to at least three wireless network providers. Except for several natural areas in the northern part of Nebraska – two national forests and areas around the Valentine National Wildlife Refuge – all of Nebraska is covered by at least one wireless network. The number of residents connected to the internet is growing too. According to FCC reports, in 2009 there were just 560,000 residential internet connections in the state. By the beginning of 2014 that number had more than doubled to 1.3 million.
While the range of networks and the number of people connected to them has been increasing, Nebraska’s network speed has also been improving. Today 72.9 percent of Nebraskans access the internet with a broadband connection, and up to 40 percent of rural residents access the internet with speeds of at least 25 Mbps.
This climate has made it possible for the growth of smartphones to reach such heights in Nebraska. The most recent US Census data shows that more than 42 percent of Nebraskans have an internet connection at multiple locations, and 30 percent are connected to the internet with multiple devices. Recent estimates from the FCC show that there are over one million mobile wireless devices, including smartphones, in circulation throughout the state.