Mobile application development is a hot industry in Tennessee. Each year it is estimated to generate $80 million, as determined by the global wireless industry trade group CTIA. App developers working in Tennessee will find they are in a state that is supportive of their profession and that also offers attractive job growth prospects.
In 2015 the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reported that the previous year there were a total of 4,720 app developers working in Tennessee who earned an average salary of $82,140. That means since 2010 when these professional numbered 3,430, their numbers have increased by more than 35 percent. What’s more, the Tennessee Department of Labor Workforce and Development estimates that during the decade leading up to 2022, app developers will increase their numbers by 21 percent.
The high average salary and strong job growth figures for Tennessee’s app developers is no accident; over the past decade industry and business leaders have been priming the way for smartphones and the apps they use.
Background on Tennessee’s Internet Infrastructure
Improvements in Tennessee’s internet infrastructure – and particularly in its wireless networks – have made the following two notable statistics possible:
- 32 percent of Tennessee residents reported on the last census that they connect to the internet from multiple locations, while 22.2 percent said they also connect with multiple devices
- According to the FCC there are 3.74 million mobile wireless devices in circulation throughout Tennessee, more than one for every two residents of the state
Today wireless network coverage extends to nearly all regions of the state, with the exceptions of pockets around the Big South Fork National River and Recreation area, the Great Smokey Mountains National Park, and the Franklin State Forest. Most Tennesseans have a choice between at least four wireless service providers, and up to 60 percent of rural residents have access to broadband speeds of at least 25 Mbps. Overall, 67 percent of Tennesseans connect to the web with a broadband connection according to a 2015 FCC report.
Of paramount importance to the growth of smartphones and other mobile wireless devices – and by extension the demand for app developers – is the number of internet connections in Tennessee. FCC records show that in 2009 there were only 1.67 million residential internet connections throughout the entire state. By the beginning of 2014 that number had increased more than two-fold to 4.63 million, helping to facilitate the widespread adoption of smartphones.