Business Analyst Or Computer Programmer Careers, Which Is Better?

If you are having a hard time choosing between a business analyst career and a computer programming career, perhaps it is because you can’t tell the difference.

I want to help you out by explaining the major differences between business analyst and computer programming careers.

These differences include:

1. Technical Skills

2. People / Leadership Skills

3. Educational Requirements

4. Learning Curve

5. 2007 and 2008 Job Market Outlook

6. Salaries, Wages and Compensation

7. Job Satisfaction

How To Ace Programming Job Interviews

I’m finally done with it … the book that’s 10 years in the making and tonight I”m releasing the How To Ace Programming Job Interviews Book.

Why The Programming Job Interviews Book Took Ten Years To Write

If you are my customer, by that I mean you’ve bought one of my books, you will realize that i’m pretty thorough and not one to release a half-baked book. You will also realize that my computer programming books and business analyst books are practical, comprehensive and based on tactics, strategies and information that gets results in the software development industry.

Business Analyst Interview Questions

Now that how to become a business analyst book is released, I’m also releasing the business analyst interview questions book and here is the reason why.

It’s Proven Difficult to Prepare for Business Analyst Job Interviews

Presently, it’s challenging to study for business analyst interviews because job boards, job descriptions, hiring managers and human resources (hr) specialists are not consistent in what they are looking for in a business analyst.

While some emphasize communication skills, others emphasize leadership skills in business analyst job postings.

While some business analyst job openings emphasize requirements gathering, analysis and documentation, others emphasize software development skills, reporting skills or data analysis skills.

HOW TO BECOME A BETTER, MORE CONFIDENT, EXPERT PROGRAMMER (PART 1)

One of the challenges I faced when I peeked inside my first programming book more than 15 years ago was the difficult of understanding the programming concepts taught in the textbooks I was reading. Think about it for a moment – if you walk into a store and buy a book on “how to master a programming language”, you should be able to read the book once or at most a couple of times and understand it correct?

Well, I’m afraid that’s not how it works in real life. Computer programming books are notoriously scary and difficult to read.

Who Is Your Software Developer Mentor?

If you have read my books by now, you probably know a few things about me already.

I am a Software Development Consultant and a Software Developer Mentor living in Saint Louis, USA.

Over the last decade I have been contracted to develop enterprise software applications for Fortune 1000 and small business organizations.

I also coach individuals who want to learn leading-edge computer programming skills or get hired into full-time software developer or contract programmer jobs just like me.

Benefits of Becoming A Computer Programmer Part 2

Since this website (IT Career Coach) is about careers, it makes sense for me to discuss at some point, the benefits of becoming a computer programmer.

So, I will continue along the lines set by part 1 of benefits of becoming a computer programmer, by discussing further, the advantages or benefits of choosing a career in computer programming.

1. Lots of different companies hire computer programmers

Learning C++ Programming Language Is Bad For Your Career … C++ Programmers Can’t Find Jobs

Learning A Marketable Skill?
Learning A Marketable Skill?

Hi,

Do you want to learn the C++ programming language or become a C/C++ computer programmer?

Have you ever asked this question? which programming language is the most complex and challenging?? and received the answer C++?

If you answered yes, you are not alone. About 13 years ago, I asked my mentors in computer programming which programming language is the hardest, toughest, most difficult to learn? and I got the same reply as you… C++.

I asked the question because I wanted to become a successful computer programmer.

The Job Of A Computer Programmer

A few days ago, I granted an interview to a student writing a research paper on The job of a computer programmer. During the interview, I was given ten questions to answer about careers and jobs in computer programming. I’ve decided to post my replies, since a lot of people will benefit from it. You will find this entire interview interesting.

Please read it for your own benefit.

1. How did you get into the field of computer programming?

The Secret Path To Contract Programming

Who is a contract programmer?

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.

How to Choose the Right or Best Software Developer Careers

Do you realize that you don’t have to be a computer programmer to be involved with software development?

Does this statement sound strange coming from a software developer coach?

If you think that my job is to get you into software development or to get to you to the top of your software developer career, you are partially right.

My job as a coach is to help you succeed by providing you key information that will save you a lot of time, a lot of pain and a lot of money.

Thinking of Changing Careers To Computer Programming?

One of my blog readers emailed me the question below about the feasibility of changing careers to computer programming in Malaysia.

Question:

Hi,

I am 34 years old, currently working as an electronic technician and am thinking of a career change and take up programming as a career.

I am interested to know if you have come across anyone like in my situation from Malaysia who has done your course and managed to get a job as a computer programmer?

Fear And Self Confidence In Programming Interviews

I am taking questions on developer careers.

This article is on how to handle fear at programming interviews and become self-confident.

To succeed as a contract programmer, full time developer or freelance programmer you need to master the “developer interview”. Because your technical job interviewing skills are key to getting job offers, do not ignore them or you will quickly be un-employed in any competitive market.

The one critical skill that can make or break your programming interview is fear and here is why:

Entry Level Programmer Jobs For Beginners

How To Find Programmer Jobs?
Where To Find Programmer Jobs?

I am answering questions now on computer programmer careers again and if you post yours on: [Ask IT Career Coach], I will answer it for you, just like I am answering this question on “how to find jobs for beginner or entry level computer programmers“.

How To Get An Entry Level Computer Programming Job

Dear Mr. Tagbo,

Now that the spring has finally arrived, I am ready to search for programming jobs available for college students.

So far I have mastered the fundamental concepts of programming such as function: Subprocedures, Arrays, and Classes.

Time For Programmer Career Questions Again!

What are the computer programming career challenges, issues and problems facing you today?It’s time to have your tough, important and difficult questions on your programming career answered.

To make myself clear, let’s go over some typical programming career questions. You may ask any of these or another more urgent and critical programmer questions.

  1. How do I study difficult computer programming books?
  2. How do I overcome the fear of programming interviews?
  3. How do I succeed at programmer interviews easily?
  4. How do I transition to becoming a contract computer programmer?
  5. Am I too old to become a computer programmer?

Discover Money From High Paying Careers

Why do some careers pay significantly higher salaries than other careers? And what do top paid professionals including doctors, lawyers and computer programmers have in common that makes them earn significantly higher income than other lower-paid professionsals?

The one thing that top paying careers have in common, are skills that fetch top dollars in the marketplace. Simply stated, how much you earn after a hard day’s work is determined by the market value of your career.

What do you know about low paid jobs, Kingsley? You are a contract programmer with a decade of skills and experience aren’t you?

Beginning Computer Programming

Beginning computer programming can be difficult.

Even after getting hired beginner computer programmers may get the short end of the stick in matters ranging from compensation, training, and exposure to high profile projects and clients, peer respect, choice of technology, pecking order, holiday time and benefits.

There are several reasons why beginner programmers find it hard to get programming jobs or harder to find good career positions even after they are hired. Here are a few:

Are Computer Programming Books Hard To Study?

Kathy Sierra a Java Instructor says that some authors are making their programming books harder than necessary because they are too focused on themselves instead of their readers.

At Sun, Kathy discovered that some techie instructors who know their stuff were getting poorer evaluations compared to their less skilled colleages.

The reason? The experts focused on proving their smartness instead of helping their students get smarter assuming that students want their instructors to establich their credibility by proving that they are experts.

Show Me Your Talent And I Will Show You The Money

My programming career started in Tulsa, Oklahoma when I mastered a programming language in high-demand by employers within 1 month, scored 93% in my computer programming job interview and within 6 months was billing an entry level $76,000/yr. contract programming fee.

Hi, my name is Kingsley Tagbo. I am a Contract Software Developer, an IT Career Coach and Author of the book on “How to Master High Paying, Highly Sought-After Computer Programming Skills Easily and Quickly“.

The Hallmark of my signature coaching services and books is this: I help people develop their personal ability to master highly sought after computer programming skills in the fastest, easiest, least expensive way possible

Why Become A Programmer – What Is Your Story?

I would like to hear from you. Tell me, why did you become a computer programmer?

And if you are not, why do you want to be a programmer?

Tell me what you do, what you like about it, what you don’t like about it.

Tell me how long you have been doing what you do?

And what part of the universe you are from 🙂

Leave your comments on this post or email them to me.

Kingsley Tagbo, IT Career Coach

S-I-X figures! Six Figures Programming Job With Two Years Of Computing Experience

I’ve been discussing how beginner (novice, entry-level or junior) computer programmers can break-through to high paying computer programming jobs with just a little real world experience.

Do you realize this is how I became a computer programmer? Yes, I landed a break-through $76,000/yr. contract programming job within 6 months of beginning my professional computer programming career in Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA.

Unfortunately, some of my readers still find this hard to believe. I receive questions all the time pointing out why one can not succeed in contract or full-time computer programming this easily. If you are a skeptic, your contrary arguments usually falls into one of these:

An Important Computer Programming Career Development Package Is Headed Your Way

Hi,

I will be introducing an important computer programming career development package anytime from now. It will be along the lines of making it easier, faster and better to master computer programming or software development from any place, at any time and pace.

Anytime from now I will announce it. And with it comes a 48 hour special that allows you to take advantage of the new offer.

So, be sure to check back on this website for the announcement and special offer that comes with it.

Thanks

Is There A Future For Web Designers This Year?

Web Designers are the creative professionals who design “how websites look”.

According to a recent report, this is the year for web designers. And Monster.com (one of the premier job search websites) predicts a hefty 26 percent growth rate for the web design profession.
So, what?s web design and what does a web designer know and do?

Well, web designers are experts or professionals in making websites look good using graphics, HTML, XHTML and CSS.

If you are considering a career in web design, here are some sought after skills by hiring managers and recruiters:

Beginning An Entry Level Java Programming Job In Spring

I’m still taking questions from my readers. Today’s question is about finding entry level computer programming job working with the Java programming language. Here’s the rest of my reader’s question:

Dear Mr. Tagbo,

I am sending you this e-mail to ask you if there will be any jobs available in the spring starting April 2007 because I am interested in becoming a Computer Programmer.

One of my personal strengths and experiences so far is tutoring other students at my former school in Algebra Math, and doing favorably well in a Java Programming course.

About Your Computer Programming Career Goals

This post is for my readers who have unresolved questions, concerns and problems about their programming careers.

If you want to master your programming career or become a better skilled computer programmer, tell me how I can help you succeed.

Tell me who you are now and who you want to become in your computer programming career this year.

If you’ve read my e-Book, “The Street Smart Guide To High Paying Computer Programming Careers” and the bonus e-Books that come with it, tell me what more information, topics and questions you want me to cover in the next release of the e-Book.

Discover How To Keep A Job You Dislike In Career Success Tips For Computer Programmers

A few days ago I asked you to email me your questions about how to succeed at your computer programming career. I received this email which I’ve edited to preserve my reader’s identity.

Hi Kingsley Tagbo,

I have an Engineering degree from India. Currently I am working in a well known software company with Visual Studio 2005 and SQL Server 2005.

My problem is that I don’t have any interest in computer programming and I cannot even sit for 1 hour to code.

I need your help to build interest in computer programming. I very badly wanted to shine as a software programmer. Please help me.

Discover A One Time $600 Happy New Year Super Gift And Fast Track Your Programming Career In 2007

Happy New Year and Welcome to 2007.

What better way to start your new year than with a “one-time happy new year $600 super bonus gift” that helps you become a highly skilled, marketable, well-paid computer programmer?

As your computer programming career coach, I’ll like to jump start your career success in 2007 by inviting you to my private computer programming mentoring group.

Here’s how to join my private mentoring group. Order a copy of my “Computer Programming Careers e-Book” on or before midnight of Thursday, January 4, 2007 and you get additional 3 months of my computer programming career mentoring worth $600.

How To Succeed In Programming When You’re Old!

Is Your Age Really Against You?
Is Your Age Really Against You?
A few days ago I asked you to contact me with your questions about beginning your programming career.

Some of you (30+ and 40+) replied saying that you would like to know if your age will stop prevent you from getting hired by employers.

So, here are my career success tips for beginning a programming career when you feel that age is against you!

  • The golden rule for career success in computer programming

    Take a pen and write this down. In the computer programming industry, employers and hiring managers will judge you by “how you perform on the job”. And not by your skin color, your sex and certainly not by your age.

Help Programmers Succeed By Making Money From The Internet

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7 Career Tips For Computer Science Students On Beginnng A Programming Career

A few days Ago, I asked you to email me your most pressing questions on beginning your computer programming career. Read the previous post here:

I received a question from Matthew, an IT Student about how to succeed as a Visual Basic programmer and here is my reply:

  1. Get A Job: Matthew, the most important thing I want to tell you is to get a job as a Visual Basic programmer while you are still in college. You can work the job along with your full time studies or as an intern.

For Immediate Download, 4 Books On How To Learn A Programming Language Fast, Begin A Hi Tech Career, Get A High Paying Job, And Become A Successful In Demand Computer Programmer

IT-Career-Coach.Com announces the release of Your Complete Guide to a Programming Career in 4 e-Books available for immediate download. This hi-tech career handbook provides you with the experience, insight and information on computer programming careers and hi-tech jobs that will cost you years to discover otherwise.

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.

Desktop Programming vs. Web Developer Skills, Which’s In Higher Demand?

Desktop Vs Windows Skills, Which Is Better?
Desktop Vs Windows Skills, Which Is Better?

In this post, I compare the demand for web developer skills to the demand for desktop programming skills, so that you can decide which computer programming specialization is better for you and based on that make an informed investment of time, money and effort!

  • Desktop Developers create applications known as thick clients that reside on the desktop. Aspiring desktop developers have to learn windows application development using tools like Visual Basic, C#, C/C++.

The Pros and Cons of Computer Programming

Dear Mr. Tagbo

My name is Jose Perez. I am currently in the 12th grade of High School and I plan to be a programmer. I would like to hear from you since you have a blog on helping computer programmers.

I live in Miami, Florida and I’m planning on going to the University of Florida to get a Bachelor’s in Computer Science. I would like to know if being a programmer is a good idea.

I’ve researched upon the subject and I have found that as a programmer I would receive a good starting salary and workplace comfort.

You Can Become a Computer Programmer In Months Or In Less Time Than Most People Think Is Possible

I have been receiving a number of questions from my readers about how much time it takes to become a computer programmer.

Looking back in time, I realize, I had this same conversation with a coach figure 12+ years ago when I was considering a career in computer programming. His advice was that it would take me at least 2 years of concentrated work to learn any new career. My coach figure at that time was a successful lawyer with more than 30 years of experience practicing law, so I took his advice to heart.

Dot NET Developers In Top 5 Careers With Big Pay And Big Demand

.NET Developers (dot net computer software programmers) are in big demand with big pay in the major cities of the USA according to a 2006 survey at CNNMoney.com.

According to the survey, if you are willing to become an expert or highly skilled .NET software developer, you can command between $75,000 to $85,000 as an expert or highly skilled dot net (.NET) Microsoft software programmer and you can get an additional pay hike of 15% or more (which brings your pay to $86,000 to $98,000 and more) if you are willing to specialize in a field and then change jobs.

Fast Track Careers in Top Paying Jobs in High Demand

Career development planning for professionals who want a high paying job in a high demand career has never been easy.

This website addresses this difficult challenge by providing career coaching and guidance on how to get into the fastest growing occupations, top paying careers, jobs in high demand and skills in high demand.

The foundation of our career coaching is the Street Smart Guide to High Paying Computer Programming Careers? book and more than a decade of Information Technology (IT) experience in various high demand careers including Business Analysis, Database Development, Project Management, Software Consulting, Software Sales, Contract Programming, Web Development and IT Management.