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Dropping Like Flies: Turnover in the Software Development Industry.


Software had the highest job turnover rate of any industry in 2017. Even now, half of all new hires quit or are fired within the first 13 months of employment. Within software, the roles of user experience designer, data analyst, and embedded software engineer have the highest turnover rates. What are the key factors driving such an extraordinary trend? And given the turnover rates, how can software engineers properly prepare for a career in technology? How can we fix this trend?

Dr. Shallon Elizabeth Brown, a 20 year veteran of the software industry, and the first to ever write a published academic research dissertation focused on Drupal, reviews the most important factors that are driving this trend, and how organizations can properly curtail the churn-and-burn mentality.

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