By Joseph Labrecque


February 5, 2010

With all the nonsense being put out in some circles placing HTML5 and Flash content at odds with one another atop highly exaggerated claims that HTML would “replace” or “phase-out” Flash within the next few years (what?), it might be heartening for those students looking to work in the field of RIA to know exactly where they stand with current job trends.
I was alerted to a recent study of data made by Jonathan Campos that I believe should give future graduates a more solid outlook if they’ve been at all rattled by the recent debates.
Some of the highlights are revealed in the following charts (keep in mind that July 2009 is probably the height of the current global recession):
We can see from the graph above that Flex is still the leading RIA technology. Sure, Dojo (representing the HTML/JavaScript area of RIA) is doing nicely as well- but HTML/JavaScript and Flash are complementary technologies and in no way supplant one another aside from their specific strengths and weaknesses.

Happily, we see here that practitioners of RIA technologies still get paid nicely for their work.
Students– you have nothing to worry about. Don’t let the trolls frighten you!


  • By Andrew Morton - 3:39 AM on February 5, 2010  

    Why do you think there is a 3000$ difference between Macromedia Flex and Adobe Flex jobs?

  • By Joseph Labrecque - 7:24 AM on February 5, 2010  

    Well keep in mind that those are averages and that employers may have both “Adobe Flex” and “Macromedia Flex” in their job description. With that said, developers who have been working in Flex during the Macromedia days most likely have more experience and so probably do command a greater salary. With THAT said though… I don’t think it really comes down to much of anything as I know a lot of devs who started in Flex after the acquisition who can really rip things up with the framework.