Giving it a serious consideration again, here’s my opinion:
But it’s also true that the demand for developers will increase, and probably pretty fast and strong. As digitalization is growing very fast, the demand for developers will.
In Germany for example where I’m from, scientific research says that there is already a big gap in software development. Although I don’t know how it is for web development in particular.
The question is:
Will we have too many web developers within the next years because the field is currently over-hyped? Difficult to say of course. Web development is one of the biggest fields, because a web site is a very basic thing almost every company and institution needs. Plus web development becomes more and more “versatile”, giving things like Cordova, React Native, PWA, Electron, etc. Even blockchains need web development as their access point. On the other hand, web development might be one of the “easier” fields of programming, compared to things like c++, game development, embedded, AI, etc. So more people have access to it (I have for example a friend who is an extremely successful web developer for about 20 years now. He was never good in mathematics though, nor too good in school, and he once said to me that there seems to be a certain level where he can’t go beyond).
Well, but in total I’d be still bullish. Web developers will stay in demand. And even if we get too many of them, switching to another development field won’t be too problematic, too (I believe there are a lot of other ones which are “easy” enough).
The other interesting question is: If we start teaching our youngest kids programming very early, will then also the lesser intelligent people be able to become coders one day, so that the demand can be filled and thus job chances will decrease? Well, I would say yes and no. And more no than yes. You can do a lot with education. But finally programming is about problem solving with high concentration. And that’s not for everyone. Then we would need a new leap in anthropology lol.
So in total, I would say “thumbs up” for that hype. The demand will be there. If people are having problems finding a job as a developer, this can almost always be solved. And has probably other reasons than there is not enough demand, probably more of you are still doing something wrong with applying or your skills are not yet polished enough. Location can also be a problem. But well: You are problem solvers, right? So just go and find that bug until you have it!
And since I’m an addictive problem solver myself, I’m anyhow not interested in doing something else.