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Alumni Story: Coding for Good

Web Development Immersive San Francisco student

Melody Serra (Web Development Immersive, San Francisco) began her web development journey when she saw students in a Bay Area private school learning how to code, a vital skill set which wasn’t offered in the public school where she taught previously. Serra made it her mission to teach communities facing barriers to tech education how to code — but first she needed to learn how to do it herself.

In General Assembly’s 12-week, full-time Web Development Immersive (WDI) course in San Francisco, Serra dived deep into the coding languages and problem-solving strategies needed to become a full-stack developer. "Although WDI was one of the most difficult challenges I’ve had to overcome, it was also one of the most rewarding," she said. 

After completing WDI, Serra volunteered at the San Quentin State Prison’s Last Mile program, teaching coding skills that individuals could use to build a career after they leave prison. Since then, she has returned to GA to teach web development, and is also a full-time tech instructor for Year Up, a work training program for young adults. "I’m so thankful to General Assembly for providing me with the skills I needed to empower others to pursue their dreams,” she said. "After WDI my life has never been the same. General Assembly opened so many doors."

 

Career Landscape: Trends and Statistics for Coding in the San Francisco Metropolitan Area

Coding skills are invaluable in the modern economy, especially in the hub of innovation and entrepreneurship that is the San Francisco metropolitan area. General Assembly has analyzed data from Burning Glass, a labor-market analytics company, to better understand local opportunities for careers in web development.

The analysis below represents data pulled from July 2016 to June 2017, and answers the following key questions:

  • Which industries were hiring web developers in and around San Francisco during this period?
  • Which companies had the most job postings for web developers in this area from July 2016 to June 2017?
  • What are the most frequently listed skills in job postings for web developers in the San Francisco area?
  • What was the average salary for web developers, by years of experience, in the San Francisco metropolitan area from July 2016 to June 2017?

What were the top 10 sectors hiring web developers in the San Francisco metropolitan area from July 2016 to June 2017?

The top sector hiring web developers was professional, scientific, and technical services — a broad category entailing services that provide a high level of specialized expertise. Sub-sectors include management consulting, legal services, and advertising. These fields increasingly rely on technology in new product offerings; for example, consultants may offer clients technical support or advertising agencies may leverage digital marketing skills to launch campaigns. The second largest sector hiring developers is information, which encompasses many aspects of today’s digital experiences. Information includes web publishers, software builders, internet search engines, and content creators — and all require web developers to power growth and innovation.

  • Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
  • Information
  • Finance and Insurance
  • Retail Trade
  • Manufacturing
  • Educational Services
  • Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services
  • Health Care and Social Assistance
  • Real Estate and Rental and Leasing
  • Accommodation and Food Services

What companies posted the most web developer jobs in the San Francisco metropolitan area from July 2016 to June 2017?

Not surprisingly, several tech giants are listed in the top 10 companies posting web development jobs, including Salesforce (1), Facebook (5), Khosla Ventures (7), and Amazon (10). Other companies in the top 10 list span various industries, including higher education (Cal-Berkeley, 2), consulting (Accenture, 3), industrial/manufacturing (GE, 4), retail (Macy’s, 6), and banking (Wells Fargo, 8).  

Please note that Burning Glass can only extract employer names when available. Because of this, not all job postings in their data set can identify an employer. As a result, this analysis may not represent the local job market in its entirety.

What are the top skills companies in the San Francisco metropolitan area are looking for in their web developer job postings?

Companies hiring web developers within this data set have been primarily interested in JavaScript skills, followed by Java. Web applications, software development, and front-end web development skills like HTML5 and jQuery are also in-demand, along with proficiency in SQL, an essential tool in data science and data analysis.

What’s the average salary for web developers in the San Francisco metropolitan area, based on experience?

We analyzed Burning Glass salary data to get a sense of salary ranges by years of experience for web developers in the San Francisco area.

It’s important to note that Burning Glass extracts salary information from job postings when available, but often, such listings do not include salaries. In the data represented below, for example, only 25% of postings for web developers contained salary figures. Additionally, Burning Glass uses data from real-time job postings, which are prorated salary figures to reflect full-time, annual wage status. Lastly, these salary figures are not necessarily indicative of the salaries earned by General Assembly graduates, but rather reflect the overall job market for web developers, based on job postings for a range of roles and experience levels.

Despite the limited sample set, this benchmark data provides some insight into the demand for a skill set in a particular region of the country.

What was the average salary for junior web developers with up to two years of experience in San Francisco from July 2016 to June 2017?

The average salary for junior web developers in San Francisco is $101,684.

What was the average salary for web developers with three to five years of experience in San Francisco from July 2016 to June 2017 ?

The average real-time salary for web developers with three to five years experience is $125,233.

What’s the average salary for web developers with six to eight years of experience in San Francisco from July 2016 to June 2017?

The average salary for web developers with six to eight years of experience is $126,044.