Alex Circei

CEO & Co-founder Waydev

How many software engineers are there in the world in 2019? US, Europe, India, Russia and China

A few days ago we had an internal talk regarding our impact in the world, how many software engineers are in the world? How many life’s we can impact with our service?
We did some research and we found some data made by Evans Data Corporation, where they say that are 26,4 million software engineers in 2019, and it will increase up to 27,7 million by 2023.
According to IDC calculations, in 2018 the number of software engineers in the world grew to 22,3 million, while in 2014 there were only 18,5 million engineers.


Evans Data Corporation claims there were around 4,4 million software engineers in North America in 2016. According to DataUSA, the number of people employed as software engineers, applications & systems software in the US reached 1,36 million in 2017.
Don’t Quit Your Day Job gives an estimate pretty close to Evans Data Corporation –  4,2 million as of 2019. This was calculated while trying to figure out how many software engineers there are across different US states.
It’s worth noting that estimated in 2017 the 4,2 million includes technical writers, electrical and hardware engineers, CAD programmers, actuaries, statisticians, economists, mathematicians, and generally anyone who writes or reads the code on a daily basis, in addition to software engineers. If we only take the “classic” definition of a software developer, we’re actually only looking at around 3,4 million people.
When it comes to the state-by-state breakdown, the highest percentage of software engineers are concentrated in the Washington DC area. 6.46 % of workers who live there meet the most extended definition of a developer in this research. Virginia and Maryland followed next, with 4.43 % and 4.41 % respectively.
In terms of raw numbers, California leads the way with 628 thousand “classic” software engineers. Texas and New York come in second and third with 325 thousand and 218 thousand respectively.


According to Stack Overflow, the number of software engineers in Europe was reported to stand at 4,7 million in 2016, in 2018 reached 5,5 million. Germany has the largest number of software engineers – around 837K. The UK and France round up the list of top 3 countries with the largest number of software engineers reaching 813,5K and 467,5K respectively.


India’s software development growth rate is attributed, in part, to its population size, 1.2 billion, and relative youth, with about half the population under 25 years of age, and economic growth.
India’s services firms hire, in many cases, thousands of new employees each quarter. Consequently, IT and software work is seen as a clear path to the middle class for many of the nation’s young.
For instance, in one quarter this year, Tata Consultancy Services added more than 17,000 employees, gross, bringing its total headcount to 263,600. In the same quarter of 2010, the company had about 150,000 workers.
Its real GDP growth has been about 8% over the last decade, but there are signs that growth rate may fall and that could lead to an adjustment in the projections, the report said.
“At that point, India’s growth was not as affected by the recession so the projection was that India would surpass the US earlier,” Garvin said. “Since that time there have been improvements in the U.S. and we’ve adjusted the growth projection accordingly in this latest study.”
“These are projections and represent the best data we can find, but they are still mathematical projections into the future, and the future is never certain,” she said.
What is clear is the history and the rate growth among India’s fast-growing IT services firms. Even firms like IBM have more workers in India than in the U.S.
Over the next couple of decades, India will add about 110 million workers to its labour force, more than the U.S., China, Russia and Japan combined, says Goldman Sachs.
In 2018, China will have about 1.9 million software engineers, and Russia about 1.3 million, Evans Data projects.
NASSCOM, India’s IT industry group, expects IT exports to grow between 12 and 14% next year, driven by “anything-as-a-service,” smart computing, which connects systems with physical infrastructure, and growth in the SMB market, among other sectors.
Regarding this data, it seems we have a lot to work at Waydev in order to impact the lives of more than 20 millions of software engineers, in order to improve their productivity.


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