According to a report by research firm International Data (IDC), the region with the highest amount of developers in the world will soon be changing.
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While North America claimed this top spot in 2001, IDC has predicted that by 2005, Asia-Pacific will be the region with the most people employed in the field. Over the next five years, the growth in this region - particularly in China and India - is expected to be much greater than in North America.
IDC said this change can be attributed partly to the economic difficulties that have affected the number of employed developers in North America, specifically from 2000 to 2001 when layoffs were abundant.
Overall, IDC figures showed the number of professional developers worldwide would actually increase to 13.3 million by 2006. In 2001, that number stood at 7.8 million.
The 10 countries in the world with the most developers include the US, China, India, Russia, Japan, Canada, Germany, France, the United Kingdom and Italy, representing approximately 62% of developers worldwide.
The firm identified C/C++ and C# as the dominating language with 29% of the total in North America, with Java surpassed Visual basic for the second most popular individual language.
IDC added that it also found a lot of developers were still using older languages - such as 3GL, scripting and 4GL - as their primary languages.