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12 Reasons to Become a Salesforce Platform Developer

Salesforce Platform Developers are constantly innovating, skilling up, and collaborating with the large global developer community.

Learn what becoming a Salesforce Platform Developer can do for you, your career, and your community. Read on to see how to begin your journey today.

There are so many opportunities out there today for software developers that it can feel a little overwhelming, especially if you’re just starting out. How can you figure out what’s right for you? It helps to narrow your focus just enough to visualize a full-fledged career path for yourself—and exploring the Salesforce ecosystem is a great place to start. Many mid-career developers also transition into Salesforce development as a way to expand and invigorate their technical skills and take their careers in an exciting new direction. If you’re curious at all about how to become a Salesforce Developer, this post will help you dig a bit deeper.

What can Salesforce offer me as a developer?

Becoming a Salesforce Platform Developer offers you a golden opportunity to learn valuable new skills, grow into an expert in your favorite area, or expand your horizons and explore new technologies and roles—all within the varied and extensive Salesforce ecosystem. And you’d be far from alone—developers across the globe are actively developing on Salesforce across companies and industries, and thousands more spend time every week in our developer-focused Trailblazer Community, collaborating and helping each other.

Top 12 reasons to build a career in the Salesforce ecosystem

There’s never been a better time to dive in and start building on Salesforce. Here are some top reasons why you may want to consider a career as a Salesforce Developer.

  1. Skill up with an industry leader—Salesforce is the #1 CRM application, as noted by IDC’s 2022 worldwide revenue market share. We help more than 150,000 customers across industries and around the world thrive with our world-leading technology and ecosystem.
  2. Stay ahead of the innovation curve—Salesforce is committed to releasing updates and new features three times a year, which helps developers make the most out of our platform with AI + Data + CRM.
  3. Tap a thriving job market—Salesforce Platform Developers are in high demand; in 2021, there were 52,300 job postings* in the U.S. alone and 165% job growth* in the last 5 years (U.S. data).
  4. Enjoy high earning potential—Salesforce Developers typically receive a high median base salary* of $120,000 (U.S. data).
  5. Explore multiple career paths—The Salesforce ecosystem offers a world of opportunity for you to grow your career, from gaining expertise on multiple products to moving into a new role like technical architect or leader.
  6. Join an active, welcoming community—The Salesforce Developers Trailblazer Community is the place to meet other Salesforce Developers and collaborate, learn, solve problems, and build your peer network.
  7. Access support and resources—Whenever you need to solve a problem or learn something new, there’s a variety of resources available through the Salesforce Developers website, including docs, tools, expert advice, and how-to materials.
  8. Get free training on demand—Skill up when it’s convenient for you with Trailhead, Salesforce’s free online learning platform. Trailhead offers a wide variety of technical courses and other topics of interest to developers. Developers can also sign up for a free Salesforce Developer Edition to get started with the Platform today!
  9. Become Salesforce Platform CertifiedSalesforce credentials allow for certification and career growth, showcasing your hands-on experience with a variety of products and technologies.
  10. Develop in a flexible environment—Customize your development environment with the Salesforce Platform’s declarative and programmatic tools to suit your needs. Our platform offers the best of no-code and code options, without compromise.
  11. Use an API-friendly platform—Add functionality to your applications from other cloud products, industry solutions, and the Salesforce Platform with a wealth of APIs.
  12. Ask the experts—Connect with developer advocates and product experts through online content, such as Ask Me Anything sessions, events such as TrailblazerDX and Dreamforce, and on Salesforce+.

There are many more reasons to become a Salesforce Developer, but don’t just take our word for it. Ask around in the community and people will tell you about their journey. One developer, Dinko Sego, shares his thoughts in his blog post, Why I’m Sticking with Salesforce: A Developer’s Perspective on the Low-Code Platform

I’m an experienced developer. I’ve been coding since university and have learnt all kinds of different programming languages over the years. But seven years ago, I fell for Salesforce and haven’t looked back since.”

Dinko Sego
Salesforce Developer

Get started on the road to a bright future by exploring the range of resources below.

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*Lightcast Research: Jobs in the Salesforce Ecosystem, 2022

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Niven Singh Sr. Director of Developer Marketing

Niven Singh is Senior Director of Developer Marketing at Salesforce and focuses on driving growth and adoption of the Salesforce Customer 360 for 11 million+ developers worldwide. With a passion for enhancing the developer experiences and enablement, Niven leverages her expertise in strategy, messaging, and engagement to empower developers to transform their careers and their lives and make a meaningful impact on the world, with Salesforce.

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