Today, the economy of Costa Rica generates more computer services software (such as software programs, apps and digital animation) than coffee exports.
The growth of this sector, has seen constant and exponentially growth in the last 10 years with high levels of technological sophistication.
In 2002, the sector related to services software contributed 0.28% to the Gross Domestic Product (GDP), according to central bank figures. A decade later, the weight of this sector in the local production is equivalent to 1.31% of GDP.
The computer systems service industry in 2012 represented a quarter of agricultural production (5.7%) in the economy and surpassed coffee exports (1%).
The growth of the service sector of software has remained constant, with a peak in 2010 of 53.95% over the previous year.
More than 1,400 companies in this service sector, including computer programming, design services and application development, operating systems, software, databases, games lines and web hosting services.
The software industry in Costa Rica began to in the 1960s, when companies like IBM and Burroughs (Unisys) were admitted and taught program their computers to young recruits.
Today, careers related to computing are among the most sought after professions in universities.
From 2006 to 2011, graduates in Computer Sciences was at 9,256 students (an average of 1,851 people per year) from public and private universities. Between 2010 and 2012 there were 2,615 graduate students.
Demand has been on the rise, with 43% of production and software services was exported in 2012, while 57% was domestic demand.
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