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I've been having a dispute with a friend over how many programmers working full time in software development actually have a 4 year degree. It seems like there's less full timers with degrees in this field than in others. Are there statistics anywhere?

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If there are, it's probably only because degrees for programming are much more recent than other fields (such as engineering or architecture). –  Izkata Apr 17 '12 at 1:01
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I have a bachelor's degree. Please update your running count. –  Job Apr 17 '12 at 3:33
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Note: 4 years is not the standard length for a bachelor's everywhere -- it is normally 3 in the UK; or 3, or 4 (or 3 + an optional honours year) in Australia. –  tobyodavies Apr 17 '12 at 3:57
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Your question isn't very good because software development can mean so many different things. From really trivial drag and drop GUI/Web screens to artifical intelligence and digital signal processing algorithms. Those are vastly different categories of developers with wildly different required skill sets. It does a disservice to the AI and DSP guys to lump them in the same category as the GUI/Web guys. –  Dunk Apr 17 '12 at 19:35
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So you would be counting the high school kids who are building their uncle's website for their small business? In which case, I would say the salary.com is the best estimate at around 50%. –  Dunk Apr 18 '12 at 10:51

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Most of the developers I've worked with have 4-year degrees, but they ranged from Art History to Electrical Engineering. I'd estimate that only about half had a CS degree.

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