Pennsylvania is a significant player in the nation’s mobile application industry as a whole. According to figures from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), it employs the 13th-largest number of app developers – 21,310 professionals – who earn a higher-than-average salary compared with the rest of the nation, calculated at $90,150 per person in 2014.
The past, present, and future for app developers in Pennsylvania is exciting. Statistics from the BLS show that in 2010 there were 14,400 professionals working in this field. Over just four years that number increased by nearly 50 percent. The Pennsylvania Center for Workforce Information and Analysis projects that over the decade leading up to 2022, app developers will swell their ranks by 17 percent, which amounts to 490 job openings every year.
Pennsylvania’s app industry has grown to have a prominent influence on the national and world stage through investments and developments in the state’s infrastructure.
Development of the Quaker State’s Internet Infrastructure
The growth of Pennsylvania’s mobile wireless device market has largely fueled the state’s current app boom. The wireless industry trade group CTIA estimates that each year Pennsylvania’s app industry generates $632 million – the 10th-largest sum of all states.
The state has come a long way since 2009 when there were just 3.94 million residential internet connections. By 2014 that number had grown to 9.74 million, while internet coverage had also expanded.
Today the FCC reports the vast majority of population centers in the state have a choice from at least four wireless network providers. There are only a few regions with no wireless coverage, namely some pockets around the Allegheny National Forest, the Elk, Sproul, and Tioga State Forests, and the southwestern corner of the state. Approximately 72.4 percent of all state residents use a broadband connection to access the internet, while up to 60 percent of rural residents have access to broadband speeds of at least 25 Mbps.
These improvements in the state’s infrastructure have recently culminated with two notable statistics:
- The US Census reports that 35 percent of all Pennsylvania residents access the internet from multiple locations, with nearly 25 percent of that figure accessing the web from multiple devices.
- The FCC estimates there are 7.13 million mobile wireless devices like smartphones in circulation throughout the state.