Lots of PayPal and Freelance API Jobs Out There

Adam DuVander
Dec. 14 2009, 03:19AM EST

There are so many jobs listed for developers familiar with the PayPal API on Freelancer.com that the site has a category dedicated to it. And that's not all--there are over 300 API-related listings on the site, which connects freelancers with people who need programmers and designers.

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The popularity of PayPal's API is understandable. It serves a core ecommerce function, it's a brand name, it was one of the earliest APIs on the web, and they've recently had a major upgrade. Those who post the projects are charging money for something. A good integration with PayPal means dollars, so they're willing to pay.

Of course, they aren't willing to pay very much. 80% of all projects have a budget below $750. That's par for the course with these project posting sites. Still, it's interesting to see what API-related projects are posted.

As with mashups we list on Programmable Web, projects incorporating maps are common. Twitter, YouTube and Facebook are also popular. Google Wave already has a category of its own and a few projects.

There is no doubt a need for developers who can work with APIs. And the demand is likely to increase. Hopefully as demand increases so will the budgets.

Adam DuVander -- Adam heads developer relations at Orchestrate, a database-as-a-service company. He's spent many years analyzing APIs and developer tools. Previously he worked at SendGrid, edited ProgrammableWeb and wrote for Wired and Webmonkey. Adam is also the author of mapping API cookbook Map Scripting 101.

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