Nevada’s app developers will find themselves in an expanding and stimulating marketplace. At $90,630 per year, these professionals earn the highest average salary of all their neighbors, save for California. The benefits of working in Nevada have so far attracted 2,600 professionals to the state, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). In fact, the fifth-highest rural concentration of app developers in the nation is in West Central Nevada. And if things go according to industry predictions, the overall number of professionals in the state will continue growing.
The Nevada Department of Employment estimates that between 2012 and 2022, app developers will increase by 22 percent, which stands in contrast to the state’s average job growth for this period, projected to be just 13.8 percent. That’s good news for business, government, and the local economy. According to the international wireless industry trade group CTIA, Nevada’s app industry has a $90 million impact on the state’s local economy.
The Growth of Nevada’s Smartphone App Industry
The most recent US Census data show that more than 34 percent of Nevadans connect to the internet from multiple locations. This supports the FCC’s recent estimate that there are more than 1.7 million mobile wireless devices like smartphones in circulation throughout the state. These impressive numbers would not be possible without infrastructure investments by the public and private sectors that have expanded both network coverage and speed.
In 2009 the FCC reported there were only 859,000 residential internet connections in Nevada. Five years later at the beginning of 2014 that number had more than doubled, increasing to 2.24 million. In addition to multiple network providers in Nevada’s urban areas, at present residents living along all of the I-84 corridor, as well as along US 95 between Tonopah and Las Vegas, have a choice from at least three wireless network providers.
Today network speed, including wireless, is faster than its ever been. In 2015 the FCC reported that 75.6 percent of Nevadans have a broadband internet connection. A report released by the White House’s Office of Science and Technology Policy and the National Economic Council found that up to 40 percent of rural Nevada residents have access to internet speeds of at least 25 Mbps, while 84.33 residents statewide have access to speeds of at least 50 Mbps.