Colombia has many software developers, but not a single major Colombian university teaches software engineering. After I wrote that somewhat controversial article, I started talking to the universities. What I learned is that the issue has to do with demand: young people don’t want to study systems engineering, software engineering, or computer science. Why? Because they think it doesn’t pay well. Unfortunately, existing salary surveys exclude freelancers and only take into account the salaries of software developers that work in Colombia for Colombian companies. To shed some light on this issue, and hopefully attract more people (especially Latin Americans) to become software developers, we are running a [non-scientific] survey to find out what Colombian software developers really make. We are including traditional employees, freelancers, people working for companies outside Colombia, and Colombians that have migrated to other countries. We’ll share and distribute the results next month in as many channels as we can.
If you’re a Colombian software developer, please answer this survey honestly and share it with your friends. Thank you! If you want to learn the results of the survey without answering it, please email me.