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Mar 22 2017   10:13AM GMT

Stack Overflow on the new winners: machine learning specialist developers (MLDev)

Adrian Bridgwater Adrian Bridgwater Profile: Adrian Bridgwater

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In a age when developers became mobile developers, who then became Internet of Things (IoT) developers… we must also embrace the reality of the machine learning specialist developer.

Arise, MLDev!

Not a job title that commands an easy shorthand acronym (MLDev, maybe?), the need for machine learning gurus has never been higher.

This is the ‘finding’ (or, survey suggestion perhaps) arising from Stack Overflow’s Developer Hiring Landscape Report, which surmises that machine learning specialists command the highest salaries among developers in the UK and Ireland.

A machine learning specialist receives on average a £56,851 annual salary, 24% higher than the mean wage for developers in the British Isles.

Self-taught skills

94% of developers are at least partially self-taught and just 43% of software engineers in the UK and Ireland have a Bachelor’s degree. These statistics would suggest that the rise of free online classes and coding crash courses are increasingly being used to offer a fast-track to a more lucrative career.

Specialism

Average salary

Machine learning specialist

£56,851

Other

£52,286

Developer with a statistics or mathematics background

£49,587

DevOps specialist

£49,054

Data scientist

£46,131

Quality assurance engineer

£44,763

Web developer

£42,717

Embedded applications/devices developer

£42,405

Desktop applications developer

£42,313

Mobile developer

£42,223

Systems administrator

£41,466

Database administrator

£40,209

Graphics programming

£39,832

Graphic designer

£35,863

Also here… 73% of respondents in the UK and Ireland identified as a web developer, making it the most common developer type. By contrast, only 2.4% of respondents identified as a machine learning specialist, their scarcity (and high demand from employers) contributing to their higher earnings.

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