What can programmers do for a living? Do you enjoy programming? Is it something you imagine yourself doing for a lifetime? If yes, there are many employment opportunities you can consider!
- What does a programmer do?
- Career opportunities for programmers
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What does a programmer do? IT programmers are responsible for developing the instructions used in computer software, then testing them and resolving any problems that may occur. They also ensure that the completed application reflects the needs of its users. This process entails using a specific programming language, like Java. Different languages suit different types of programs. The programs are usually tested and re-tested for errors. There are two categories of programmers: applications and systems. Applications programmers develop code that provides a real world solution like managing stock. Being a systems programmer enables you to develop a code for the computer itself like operating systems & networking software. Some daily tasks of a programmer can include:
- Designing, developing, and testing computer programs.
- Analysing objectives and problems specified by analysts and designers.
- Preparing documentation for other programmers, users of the system and others.
- Preparing reports on the status, operation and maintenance of software for use by computer equipment suppliers, systems designers, other programmers and computer operators.
Career Opportunities for Programmers
- The skills needed
If you want to pursuit a career in programming, there are certain skills that would really help. These skills are: being analytical, being detail oriented, having a logical approach to problem solving. Good communication skills are also valuable. In addition to these skills, a qualification is also useful. Examples include: a bachelor’s degree in computer science, information systems or mathematics. Alternatively you can take courses in computer science while studying something else. Passing an exam in a specific programming language also helps at job interviews. Microsoft offers certifications in many of its languages including C#. TalkIT offers its own course completion certificates. Also our courses help you prepare for certifications.
- The opportunities
There are various programming specializations such as:
- Analyst Programmer: This includes a high-level of design and analysis.
- Communications Programmer (Systems): this includes telecommunication infrastructures or network programming.
- Database Programmer (Systems): this includes designing, querying and maintaining databases.
- Information Technology Manager: this includes planning, administering and reviewing different computer and telecommunication systems.
- Multimedia Programmer: this includes text, graphics, video, animation etc.
As an alternative to working as a permanent programmer in a company, some programmers prefer to be independent and work as contractors or consultants. This means they may earn more, but are responsible for their own training. Conclusion If you enjoy programming, there are a lot of opportunities in a variety of industries that you can pursue or you can even work from home as an independent consultant. Whichever you prefer, there is a lot of demand for specialised programmers due to the digitalised era we are currently experiencing. So if programming is your passion, you can combine pleasure with work by pursuing a programming career! Learn programming today! Other bits Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from the TalkIT team! TalkIT @NowTalkIT I want to learn programming. Where do I start? Find out http://talk-it.biz/2015/04/talkit Check out our programming courses. https://www.talk-it.biz/training/tutorials/
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