Best Places to Live and Work: Which Cities are Best for Software Engineers?

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The number of software engineers grows year by year and so does the demand for their skills and knowledge. To be a software engineer today means having a well-paid job, working on interesting projects, and choosing among career opportunities other people can hardly dream about.
What is important to understand that the definition of “best country” may not be categorical, and depends on a lot of people’s preferences. To keep things fair we decided to dig up data from some popular sources to identify the best countries to work in for software engineers.
We listed these countries in order of their Happiness index and technological advancement in the field of IT over the years.

Below we present a list of 10 best countries to live for software engineers.

Switzerland

Canada

Australia

Netherlands

Germany

USA

Sweden

Denmark

Singapore

United Kingdom

You can read the detailed research below and other picks of top countries list based on various job profiles.

Google Trends

Google Trends is a public web facility of Google Inc., based on Google Search, that shows how often a particular search term is entered relative to the total search volume across various regions of the world, and in various languages (Wikipedia). Read What is Google trends data – and what does it mean? if you want to know more.

Indeed.co

Indeed.co, available in 50 countries and 28 languages, is one of the most high-traffic job websites in the United States and other countries. Using country-specific search for the number of software engineers jobs listed on Indeed, we found data which matched our previous research on Top programming languages that will be popular in 2017.

While Java remained the favorite in all the top destinations. C, C++, and C# programmers are still in demand in these nations, making them “evergreen” programming languages and famous among software engineers and developers.

In the U.S., China, India, and Japan, PHP developers have quite sought after.

The requirement of R programmers is higher in Switzerland, USA, India, and much more so in Germany and France. Canada, Netherlands, UK, USA, India, and China clearly require MatLab skills. If you are a Ruby developer, Japan needs you. But Canada gives first preference to Perl coders.

What’s happiness without a handsome salary?

Hence, we listed the average salary for a particular job (Source – PayScale). These values have been expressed in US dollars.

Top countries for Java developers to work

Switzerland
The United States of America
Australia
Germany
United Kingdom

Top countries for.NET developers to work

The United States of America
Canada
Germany
Netherlands
Japan

Top countries for PHP developers to work

The United States of America
United Kingdom
Germany
France
Sweden / Australia

Top countries for Data Scientist to work

Switzerland
Canada
Netherlands
United Kingdom / Germany
The United States of America