ALA’s Annual Survey Takes the Pulse of Web Devs
Attention web designers, developers and all around Webmonkeys: A List Apart once again needs your input for the 2010 edition of their Survey For People Who Make Websites. The survey, which ALA started back in 2007, attempts to track and analyze information about webmonkeys’ (curiously, ALA refers to us as “web professionals,” whatever those are) backgrounds, skills, work, salaries and more.
If you’re a web developer and want to be counted in what is one of the only research projects of its kind, head on over to take the new survey. All the data is collected anonymously and goes toward painting a more complete picture of the industry.
If you’d like to see the results of past surveys, ALA recently published its findings from the 2009 survey, which, though not radically different from 2008, do reflect the changing economic times — the number of respondents reporting a salary decrease jumped dramatically from previous years and, overall, webmonkeys are markedly less confident about the future.
But not everything is doom and gloom. Among those who said that web-related work was their primary focus, nearly 92 percent were confident about their jobs — which we attribute to the new hope fostered by HTML5′s various APIs.
As always the raw, anonymized data from the 2009 survey is available to anyone that would like to play with it.