App developers working in the Dakotas will find some promising statistics related to their profession. In 2015 the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reported the following:
- Total North Dakota app developer workforce – 1,230 professionals
- Average app developer yearly salary in North Dakota – $64,860
- Total South Dakota app developer workforce – 830 professionals
- Average app developer yearly salary in South Dakota – $77,080
The growth of app developer jobs in the Dakotas are projected to be strong over the decade leading up to 2022:
- The North Dakota Labor Market Information Center projects a 22 percent increase
- The South Dakota Department of Labor projects a 20 percent increase
The app boom striking the nation has not spared the Dakotas. The wireless industry trade group CTIA estimates that the states’ app industry generates approximately $23 million every year. This success has been spurred by innovations in the internet and wireless network coverage area, as well as improved internet speeds. Today it is estimated there are more than 800,000 smartphones and other mobile wireless devices in circulation throughout the Dakotas.
Network Infrastructure in the Dakotas
Mobile wireless devices and the apps they use are driving the Dakotas’ app industry, reflected by the following figures from the FCC:
- In North Dakota residential internet connections grew from 198,000 in 2009 to 568,000 at the beginning of 2014.
- In South Dakota residential internet connections grew from 231,000 in 2009 to 591,000 at the beginning of 2014.
- 72.5 percent of North Dakotans, and 71.1 percent of South Dakotans, connect to the internet via broadband
When it comes to coverage area, residents of both states can expect to find at least two wireless network providers to choose from, with each state having only a few pockets that might lack reception such as the Grand River National Grassland in South Dakota or the Little Missouri National Grassland in North Dakota.
While most urban residents in the Dakotas will experience similar speed, according to a report released by the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, up to 60 percent of rural North Dakotans have access to broadband speeds of at least 25 Mbps, while up to 40 percent of rural South Dakota residents have access to those speeds.
As another indication of the growing adoption of mobile devices, on the recent US Census 39.4 percent of North Dakotans said they access the internet from multiple devices, with the same holding true for 39.8 percent of South Dakotans.