According to TechNet, a bipartisan network of tech-related CFO’s, the “App Economy” has created approximately 466,000 jobs in the United States since its creation in 2007. The “App Economy” is defined as the market for applications and the technology and services necessary to bring create and distribute them. The classification encompasses applications in the enterprise, web, cloud, and mobile areas.
The state with the highest percentage of these jobs is California, with 23.8 percent, while the metro area with the highest percentage is the New York/Long Island/Northern New Jersey area with 9.2 percent.
In addition to firms such as Zynga, who focus solely on apps, some of the jobs included in this economy are app infrastructure jobs with core firms such as Facebook, Google, and Apple. Others include app-related jobs at companies such as Amazon, AT&T, and Electronic Arts.
These jobs include programming, user interface design, marketing, management, and support staff. The economy is so new that it is difficult to accurately track through traditional methods. Consequently, much of the research came from the Conference Board Help Wanted OnLine database.
According to Rey Ramsey, CEO and President of TechNet, “America’s Apps Economy, which had zero jobs just five years ago before the iPhone was introduced, demonstrates that we can quickly create economic value and jobs through cutting-edge innovation.”
The prevalent opinion among those involved with the Application Developers Alliance, which is a trade association for the App development industry, the industry is poised for exponential growth in the coming years. The demand for apps is becoming so great that developers have already started to mine high schools for future employees.
IBM currently partners with the City of New York in a high school called Pathways in Technology Early College High School, or “P-TECH.” Students graduate high school with an associate degree in the IT field.