Database careers are a mystery to those on the outside! This is partly because the work done by database professionals is not as visible as that done by professionals like business analysts or project managers.
So, in this series, I will discuss database or SQL careers by answering questions such as:
What do database / SQL jobs involve?
What is the database / SQL industry like?
What are the career options for database or SQL professionals?
What challenges do database or SQL professionals face?
Inspite of the outsourcing of Information Technology jobs, there is a net positive increase in staffing for computer programming jobs, because the fundamental demand for hi-tech skills in the US economy is quite strong.
The job market for computer programmers has virtually exploded in the last ten year and the demand for software developers will continue to be strong for the foreseeable future.
In this post, I would like to discuss the factors driving up the demand for computer programmers.
Job Market Surveys for Computer Programmers
One of the surveys conducted by Harris Interactive found that:
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?
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.