Seattle’s startup scene is exploding, with hundreds of companies vying for a spot in a competitive job market.
For most people, the prospect of landing a startup gig is a pipe dream.
The Seattle area has been home to a number of startup giants, including Google and Spotify.
But this year the city has seen an explosion in the number of job openings for developers.
And for the first time ever, a majority of Seattle’s developers are looking to get a developer internship.
The city’s developer community has grown by nearly 100 percent over the past five years, according to an analysis of federal and city data by Bloomberg News.
Seattle’s unemployment rate fell from 6.5 percent to 3.5 in the past year, and the city saw a 10 percent increase in developer salaries in 2017.
The number of developers looking for internships is growing at an even faster rate.
In 2017, the city held more than 30,000 developers’ internships, up from 6,000 in 2016.
The number of developer-internships has grown every year since the city launched a pilot program in 2014.
More than 8,000 new developer-sponsored internships have been launched since the pilot program launched, according, and about 40 percent of the projects are currently open.
Many of the city’s developers say the program is a good fit for their skill sets.
“We’re not the biggest ones out there, but the opportunities to be able to work with a bunch of people from the same industry are very important,” said Josh Stokes, who started his own Seattle-based website in 2013.
Stokes, a native Seattleite, said he’s been interested in the Seattle startup scene for years.
“I’m pretty sure I have a lot of friends who are interested in starting their own companies.
That’s kind of the nature of being an entrepreneur,” Stokes said.
Seattle-based software developer Joshua Sullins, who has since relocated to Austin, Texas, says he has been looking for a developer-related internship since he was 18 years old.
“You know, the opportunity to build something and work with the best people in the world, that’s really exciting,” Sullis said.
“In Seattle, that kind of environment is something that has always been in my blood.
That is a place where you can get a job, you can work with people who are really passionate about their work, and you can connect with other developers who are also working in a similar field.”
The Seattle-area tech scene is boomingThe city of Seattle is home to more than 20,000 startups and startups are the engine powering Seattle’s economic growth.
The latest figures from the city Department of Labor show that the number with openings increased by nearly 200 percent between January and September, from 1,500 to more like 10,000.
A lot of those jobs are currently held by young developers.
In 2017, nearly half of Seattle-related developers were under 25 years old, according the city.
That was up from less than 20 percent in 2016, according data from the Seattle Department of Economic Development.
The surge in startups has also made the city more competitive for job seekers, who tend to be younger, more educated and wealthier.
More recent data from Seattle Economic Data shows that the median age of developers in 2017 was 40.8 years old compared to 39.2 years old in 2016 — a 10.3 percent increase.
Developers with a college degree were also much more likely to have been in the software industry for more than 10 years.
The biggest advantage in Seattle’s tech scene comes from the tech skills needed to work in the technology industry, said David S. Fennell, CEO of Seattle Web Developer Academy, which is based in downtown Seattle.
“If you have a background in the web or web development, then you’re in good hands,” Fennells said.
“We have a huge talent pool, and we have a very talented workforce.”
But a lot is still up for grabs, according with the Seattle Times.
The paper reported that some tech companies are actively recruiting for positions in Seattle.
For example, Uber, the ride-sharing service, has hired more than 1,000 people to work at its Seattle office in the last year.
In addition, Microsoft is hiring for positions at its Redmond, Wash., headquarters and at its corporate headquarters in Bellevue.
The companies say that the hiring will allow them to expand the team of employees and to grow the company’s user base, which they say will help it compete with the likes of Google, Amazon and Facebook.
Uber and Microsoft have recently faced criticism for hiring people with poor resumes, according a Seattle Times investigation.
Microsoft said in a statement that it’s hiring people who have “good resume writing skills and are motivated to make a difference in our community.”
Uber, which has a presence in Seattle, also said that its hiring program will help to “create more diversity in the workforce, and increase opportunities for our team members to earn a high-quality living.”