The business analyst career is one of the most misunderstood professions in the information technology or software development industry.
The majority of software development professionals who understand the network administrator, database administrator, web developer, computer programmer, IT manager or IT director’s role fail at understanding or appreciating the roles, responsibilities and career opportunities available to business analysts.
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A contract programmer is a software developer who is paid an hourly rate for working on special software development projects for a period. Contract computer programmers are not paid salaries like full-time developers but hourly wages.
Contract programmers tend to be very project focused because they are hired to solve specific problems or code specific features and as soon as that is done, they have to move on to another project or find a new client.
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Reducing trial and error by learning from professional programmers is key to career success
By reducing the trial-and-error involved in becoming a professional computer programmer or finding a hi-tech job, you can learn a programming language fast, begin a high demand programming career easily and find a high paying job early in your programming career.
Because highly skilled software developers (master programmers) are highly paid (read previous post on software developers), the question is how do you become a master contract programmer if you aren’t?
Here is what I consider to be a common sense guide to becoming a master software developer:
Certify now! Use certifications and test preparation material like transcender to sharpen your overall grasp of your technology
Read books. Read a lot of technical books on your skill set (for example .NET development). You should own a number of these books yourself