Journal of Information Systems Applied Research


V14 N1 Pages 14-23

Mar 2021

Job and Career Satisfaction of Software Engineers

Alan Peslak
Penn State University - Worthington Scranton
Dunmore, PA USA

Wendy Ceccucci
Quinnipiac University
Hamden, CT USA

Patricia Sendall
Merrimack College
N. Andover, MA USA

Abstract: The purpose of this study is to evaluate how several factors including gender, years coding, education level, compensation, hours worked, work setting, and confidence level in manager affect job and career satisfaction for software engineers. The data was analyzed from a 2019 done by Stack Overflow, an online community for developers to learn, share programming knowledge. Surveys from over 65,000 software engineers were analyzed. Based on the survey results, women have the highest job satisfaction. The younger a person coding the higher the job satisfaction. Women and men have equally high job satisfaction. Respondents who identified as other gender are significantly less satisfied then men or women. Education level does not significantly influence career or job satisfaction. Job satisfaction is influenced by the confidence level an employee has in their manager. Although those employees that had no managers scored high in job satisfaction, those who were very confident in their manager scored a higher level of job satisfaction.

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Recommended Citation: Peslak, A., Ceccucci, W., Sendall, P., (2021). Job and Career Satisfaction of Software Engineers. Journal of Information Systems Applied Research14(1) pp 14-23. http://JISAR.org/2021-1/ ISSN : 1946 - 1836. A preliminary version appears in The Proceedings of CONISAR 2020