Having just launched our Job Board for the Content Management market, we're paying a bit more attention to employment trends lately. Tying right in with this is the announcement of A List Apart's very interesting Web industry survey results -- covering demographics, job titles and yes, salaries for more than 30,000 Web professionals.
In April 2007, A List Apart and An Event Apart conducted a survey of people who make websites. Close to 33,000 Web professionals responded to the their 37 questions, providing the first data ever collected on the business of web design and development as practiced in the U.S. and worldwide.
72.5% of the respondents had a personal website or blog; more than 67% had a college degree; 48% were from the USA and another 31% were from the EU or UK countries. A striking 82.8% of the respondents were male. Most people worked between 40 and 50 hours per week.
The data reflects a predominantly white, male, American or European worker, who has a job title of Developer, Web Designer, Designer, or Other. This webmaster thing is a dying breed, as we discussed recently. So here's the low down on the money. Job TitlesSalaries One of the most impressive things I found in the results was the number of independents and those innocent enough to want to go independent as their next step. 23.4% of the respondents were already freelance or self-employed, and another 19.9% of them stated that starting their own business was their next step. We're a brave and foolish lot, we are.
Dig down in the survey results and find your own answers. There's 81 pages of treasure and a lot of Joneses to keep up with.