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PASS Membership Data: Survey Results and Member Composition

The 2018 PASS membership survey results are in! Below, you’ll find some key highlights on the PASS Community. Thank you to everyone who participated in the survey. Your feedback is invaluable to the future of PASS’ educational programs and offerings.


Member Composition and Demographics


PASS currently has 300,000 members representing 185 countries. Over the past five years, PASS membership has grown by 97%, with LATAM showing the strongest growth at 381%! The regional breakdown of PASS membership is as follows:

  • Canada/USA 57%
  • EMEA 23%
  • LATAM 11%
  • APAC 9%

 Current PASS membership is 19% female, 78% male, and 3% other/prefer not to say. Mid-career professionals between the ages of 35 to 55 continue to represent 60% of PASS membership. When looking at age distribution by gender, data professional roles show stronger female representation in the younger age brackets, with details as follows:

  • Ages 18 to 24: 35% Female
  • Ages 25 to 34: 23% Female
  • Age 35+ average of 16% Female

 Function, Industry, and Company Details


When it comes to member roles within their organizations, 57% responded that their primary job function is that of DBA, Developer, or Architect, with 91% reporting they wear many hats, and span multiple job functions in the data landscape.


Half of PASS' members represent four industries: Software (13.3%), Professional Services (12.6%), Healthcare/Pharmaceuticals (12%), or Banking (12%), while 78% work for companies with more than 100 employees, and 56% work for companies with more than 500 employees.


Technology Usage


In the survey, PASS members were asked to share the top 5 to 10 technologies they use most often in their day-to-day role, as well as which technologies they anticipated needing to learn in the upcoming year. Responses were as follows:  


PASS members reported their most heavily used technologies as follows:  

1)    TSQL

2)    SQL Server (various)

3)    SSIS

4)    SSRS

5)    MS Excel

6)    Power BI


The top technologies PASS members anticipate needing to learn in the upcoming year were listed as:

1)    SQL Server (2016 or 2017)

2)    Azure

3)    Power BI

4)    Python

5)    R


When it comes to cloud technology, 69% of survey respondents report that their organizations are currently utilizing the cloud. Of those who are not currently on the cloud, the number one response for remaining on-premises is due to having sensitive data.


These are just a few of the highlights from this year’s PASS membership survey. Thank you to each of you who took the time to respond. We greatly appreciate your input and look forward to sharing more community insights with you in the near future! Stay tuned for more PASS member data. 


This year’s PASS membership survey was sent to an opted-in mailing list of 91,000 PASS members and shared over social media. A total of 2,341 community members participated in the survey.


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