With robust app development incubator programs offered on college and university campuses throughout the state, and as a national hub of app development in its own right, it is no wonder that Texas is one of the top states in the nation to be if you’re an app developer. Texas offers the third-highest level of employment for app developers in the nation, calculated by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) to be 45,800 in 2014. It also offers a higher average annual salary for these professionals than 88 percent of all other states, coming out to $97,030 last year.
App developer jobs in Texas have been steadily growing in the past, and will continue this trend going in to the future. Between 2010 and 2014 the BLS shows that around 11,000 additional professionals joined the app development workforce – a growth rate of more than 25 percent. The Texas Workforce Commission projects that between 2012 and 2022 app developers will grow by another 25 percent.
According to numbers from the US Census, 34.1 percent of Texans access the internet from multiple locations, with 25.9 percent using multiple devices to do this. The FCC reports there 16.25 million smartphones and other mobile devices in circulation throughout the state. These figures help to explain why the Texas app industry is booming, generating $1.18 billion each year as estimated by the mobile wireless industry trade group CTIA.
Mobile Networks, the Internet, and Texas
Today virtually all Texans have access to a wireless network provider, save for a few pockets around the Big Bend State and National Parks, and the Guadalupe Mountains National Park. An FCC report released in 2015 showed that 71.8 percent of all Texans access the internet with a broadband connection, and a separate report released by the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy detailed that up to 20 percent of rural Texans have access to broadband speeds of at least 25 Mbps.
At the beginning of 2014 the FCC counted that Texas had the second-highest number of residential internet connections in the nation – 20.70 million – up more than three-fold from 6.87 million in 2009. Altogether the state’s improved wireless coverage areas and total number of internet connections has made for fertile ground to grow a vibrant app industry.