Ohio is one of the national leaders for app development. Between 2010 and 2014 the number of app developers in the state increased by 7,210 according to numbers from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), bringing the total count of professionals to 26,650 – the 10th-highest amount of app developers in the nation – who earn an average annual salary of $83,260.
As could be expected, strong growth figures in the past translate into strong growth figures in the future. The Ohio Bureau of Labor Market Information projects app developer positions to grow by 19 percent between 2012 and 2022. That means these professionals will add an average of 790 jobs to the Ohio workforce each year.
As a national leader Ohio’s app industry also generates a significant amount of revenue, estimated by the wireless network trade group CTIA to be approximately $424 million each year – the 16th-largest amount of all states. Although today Ohio enjoys significant app industry ratings on a national level, this hasn’t always been the case. Ohio’s vibrant app industry is a result of government and private investment in its internet infrastructure.
The Factors Behind Ohio’s App and Mobile Device Boom
Based on recent calculations the FCC estimates there are 6.68 million mobile wireless devices such as smartphones in circulation throughout Ohio, while numbers from the US Census show that 36 percent of Ohioans connect to the internet from multiple locations. All in all, Ohio’s strong app and smartphone statistics would not be what they are today if it weren’t for the development of its network infrastructure.
In 2009 there were just 3.45 million residential internet connections in Ohio. That number would grow to 8.70 million by the beginning of 2014. The state’s internet speed has also been getting faster. In a 2015 report the FCC found that 71.2 percent of all residents in Ohio accessed the internet with a broadband connection. Furthermore, a report released by the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy found that up to 60 percent of rural Ohio residents had access to broadband speeds of at least 25 Mbps.
In addition to the number of connections and speed, the total coverage of the internet – especially wireless connections – has also been on the rise. With the exception of pockets around the Shawnee State Forest, the Crown City Wildlife Area, and the Wayne National Forest, today the vast majority of Ohio residents have a choice between at least four wireless internet providers.