The Salesforce Economy is growing at such an insane rate, that Salesforce Developers find themselves in a favourable position, in-demand and with higher salary expectations than equivalent developer roles in other industries. There’s no doubt that Salesforce Developers are deserving of their popularity – they carry out a core function that allows organisations to extend Salesforce beyond declarative (point-and-click) configuration.
Between October 2019 to May 2020, the demand in the Salesforce job market showed even more growth than in previous years. This can be attributed to two forces: the general increases (in Salesforce customers that need technical expertise, who are buying more products on the platform), and a new surge in demand as the majority of businesses urgently undergo digital transformation in some form.
Let’s dive into the demand for Salesforce Developers.
Salesforce Developer Demand vs. All Roles
It’s not a coincidence that more organizations are looking to optimize and automate their business flows, especially during the COVID-crisis, and Salesforce is known for being the best solution for doing so.
Out of the 104,000+ Salesforce job postings on LinkedIn for the 7 month period, 74,679 were Salesforce Developer job postings – approximately 72% The demand for Salesforce Developers trumps the job postings for other specialists, even Salesforce Consultants and Salesforce Administrators! This hasn’t changed since 2019 research, where 76% of vacancies were dedicated to the search for Salesforce Developers.
Some organizations will be seeking architect-level developers to design system architecture and integrations, some need entry-level developers to support other developers in the team. A team can expand either top-down or bottom-up depending on how an organization’s requirements change over time. Seniority can be grouped into the following categories, determined by the wording of the job title itself: Junior, Mid-level, Senior, Lead (team lead), Architect.
There’s an overwhelming demand for mid-level developers compared to other seniority levels, likely because mid-level developers have sufficient Apex abilities, integration skills, and knowledge of best practice to work independently on a typical Salesforce org. Bear in mind that not all companies have the time and resources for onboarding junior developers.
- 70%: Mid-level developers (with typically between 2-4 years experience)
- 14%: Junior developers (with typically between 0-2 years experience)
- 8%: Senior developers: (with typically 5+ years experience)
- 2%: Team leads, who will be overseeing and coordinating a team of developers.
- 4%: Architects
For more information on salary expectations at each level, check out our Salesforce Salary Guide.
Industries Searching for Salesforce Developers
The industries that are searching for Salesforce Developers are versatile – you only need to take a quick look at the chart below to see the range. This may not come as a surprise, as Salesforce’s industry-focused strategy has meant they have a platform offering for every vertical. Salesforce end users do come in ‘all shapes and sizes’ – from the IT sector, to Veterinary, and Sport.
The most popular industries for hiring Salesforce Developers are:
- 51%: Information Technology and Services, including Computer Software and Network Security,
- 5%: Financial Sector, including banking, wealth management, and insurance (Financial Service Cloud requires specialized developers here),
- 6%: Telecommunications, and their service providers,
- 4%: Healthcare
For more information, including what other skills Salesforce Developers need, read the full article using the link below.