Making money in open source: Drupal future looks bright

Demand for Drupal is growing, and demand for developers is greater than supply.

By , ITworld |  Software, CMS, content management

Drupal is big enough to provide opportunities for specialty companies. Here are a few examples:

  • Cyrve does only big Drupal data migrations.
  • Tag1 Consulting specializes in the performance and scalability of Drupal and the entire LAMP stack.
  • Top Notch Themes sells premium custom Drupal themes, and gives away their base theme for free under the GPL.
  • Mustardseed Media Inc. serves churches and ministries.
  • FunnyMonkey does training and consultation.
  • Chocolate Lily builds sites for non-profit groups.
  • Volacci is a Drupal SEO specialist, asserting that "Drupal...is hands-down the best platform for SEO available today."


    Top Skills

    It takes a lot of different disciplines to maintain modern dynamic Web sites. In the olden days all you needed was static HTML and rudimentary Apache server knowledge. It's a lot more complex now, and these skills are also necessary for running Drupal sites:

    • MySQL (database)
    • CSS (cascading style sheets)
    • HTML (hyper-text markup language)
    • XML (extensible markup language)
    • Linux (server and development operating system)
    • LAMP stacks (Linux, Apache, MySQL,PHP)
    • PHP (scripting language)

    What sort of money can you make? I surveyed a number of sites that collate salary data and talked to people in the industry, and nationwide the US average is around $75,000/year. This is a very rough guide because salaries vary depending on the location, company, and experience level, ranging from around $30,000 to just over six figures. Keep the cost of living in mind, because $75,000 goes a lot farther in Portland, Oregon than it does in San Jose, California. MySQL admins average about $69,000, PHP developers about $60,000, LAMP developers around $70,000, and Linux sysadmins average around $70,000.

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