Before you proceed please take note that the “MADness” referred to in this series is neither related in any way to mental illness nor constructed to discourage you. Our meaning in this context refers to people’s public opinion about professional developers and the career choices available through your programming knowledge.
So you wonder how technologies are built and are fascinated by the fact that apps and games are built with a set of commands. Like how can a bunch of letters, numbers and symbols assembled in the perfect order can power an entire software? As expected, you begin to research and you end up trying to understand one language that would help you speak to computers as apps do. Before you know it, you’ve found yourself in a potential career path of programming.
If your story is of close similarity to this, you’re in luck! However, your progress is depends on how well you use these opportunities. There are many career opportunities you could get involved with depending on how hardcore you need to go. You might decide to spend your entire days writing code or use your programming knowledge to help drive overall business decisions and operations, keep on updating and familiarizing yourself with industry standards and new techniques to remain relevant to the many computer programming jobs out there.
Software developers create experiences and enhance applications for smart mobile devices like phones, tablets and watches. This is an ideal programming career for people who possess the “big picture” mentality and like to collaborate with others to bring ideas to life. They write programs and rewrite programs until they are free of errors. They make use of charts and coding formulas until the desired information is produced. Attention to detail and patience will set you apart in this career. Understanding programming basics and having an aptitude for mathematics are also important.
Web developers are responsible for the looks and functionalities of websites and web based applications. You are tasked to develop fully functional websites. You can present your work portfolio as a web developer on the web.
Computer Systems Engineer
Computer systems engineers are responsible for identifying solutions to complex applications problems, systems administration issues or network concerns. They work closely with clients or internal stakeholders to understand system needs and collaborate with developers to determine appropriate solutions. This is another programming career that is ideal for business-savvy professionals.
Database administrators secure, organize and troubleshoot storage for large amounts of information for companies online. If you love analyzing and recovering information, as well as fast problem-solving, this could be the coding career for you. This is especially if you’re fond of Microsoft Excel and Access.
Computer Systems Analyst
Computer systems analysts are the strategists who are responsible for merging a company’s business and information technology (IT) initiatives. They evaluate computer network systems and propose upgrades to meet business needs. This means they need to have a solid understanding of programming as well as the business side.
Software Quality Assurance (QA) Engineer
They are at the beginning of software, documenting defects, designing tests and scenarios, and creating manuals for new software. They also review software designs for functionality and potential problems.
Business Intelligence Analyst
Programming is a bonus, but not as much of a necessity for business intelligence analysts. This is for the behind-the-scenes marketer who gathers facts about software and trends to determine which software can solve business initiatives. If you appreciate the basics of programming, but don’t necessarily want to build an entire career around it, this might be a good job for you.
Network System Administrator
Network system administrators maintain computing environments in their networks and prevent disasters by backing up data. Providing network security and avoiding viruses are the major tasks. They with making sure codes are free of errors and protecting both the network and hardware of the computers.
A software developer who focuses on test automation, builds tools for automates application tests and writes automated tests to execute and verify functionality. Test automation can be challenging and complex because it essentially requires you to write an application to test another application.
This is also a fairly new field but rapidly growing as more applications are moving to the cloud. Most cloud applications are also web applications, but they don’t necessarily have to be. Cloud developers need to understand how the cloud works, especially in regards to scalability and availability. With cloud IDEs, you can even be a cloud developer developing in the cloud.
Tools And Enterprise Developer
Many developers don’t create commercial software. Instead, they create software tools to be used by organizations (internal applications). Enterprise development requires unique abilities and knowledge since you’ll need to understand the organization and factions that shape the software.
A data scientist utilizes skills and technologies from several fields retrieving data, procssing and drawing conclusions and predictions. Data scientists often utilize their programming skills to write custom programs to extract, manipulate and reorganize data. With the ever-growing amount of data, data science definitely holds some interesting possibilities.
Embedded Systems Developer
Embedded systems developers work on mostly real-time operating systems, which run inside of electronics, hence the name embedded systems. It’s a good career choice, because it’s in high demand and it requires specialized skillsets, which are highly valuable.
The list is longer and more career choices are available in this interesting path of computer sciences. All you need to do is pick what’s suitable for you. No doubts, you can decide to switch paths later on, it doesn’t matter as much as your programming skills/experience.
What other career choices do you know about? What type of MADness would you love? Feel free to share, ask questions and comment.
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This is a MAD (MadAss Developer) Tech Tuesdays series in celebration of my 10 years in programming practice. You can check out more articles like this:
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- Major Programming Career Choices (Choose your MADness)