Kate Gregory said in an interview that she likes to call C++ programmers the dark matter of the software development world. They’re not visible — they don’t attend conferences and they don’t buy a lot of books — and yet there are a lot of them.
I’ve thought the same about those who write code for games and embedded systems. I’ve hardly met anyone who works in either area, but there is a huge amount of such software and someone has to be writing it.
Game developers and embedded systems folk often work in C++, so my observation would overlap with Kate Gregory’s.