Jobs for a Programmer
As a programmer, you have many different options to choose from. There are many different types of programming jobs that require various different skill sets and knowledge bases. Many of these jobs require certain languages and certifications.
A few of the typical jobs for a programmer include:
Web Developer – Web developers create websites by translating the needs of clients into actionable results. Web developers use a variety of programming languages, such as HTML or XML, to create websites that are aesthetically pleasing and easy to use.
Game Developer – Game developers create video games and other interactive entertainment software for computer systems, consoles, mobile devices, and the Internet. Game development often requires collaboration with artists and animators to create the visual components of games.
Software Developer – Software developers develop, design, test, and debug software for computer systems and applications. They use computer languages such as Java, C++, and Python to write code for new programs.
Database Administrator – Database administrators organize data and ensure that it is stored properly in a database program. They are also responsible for testing databases to make sure they work properly and can be accessed remotely by users within a network or over the Internet.
We have been looking at the different job positions for programmers and we have seen that it is quite a wide range of jobs. Depending on your experience and what you like to do, there are different directions you can go to. For example if you enjoy coding, but don’t like working with the infrastructure in projects, a developer position might be more suitable than a software engineer position. The same goes for frontend developers who dislike back-end code.
In this blog post I want to discuss another important factor that will determine what job you can take: The programming language.
A high level programming language is a language that is easier for humans to read and write compared to low level programming languages. For example, Assembly code is very hard to read, because there are no keywords and every single thing has to be translated into machine code before it’s executed. A high level language such as PHP or Python use keywords, variables and functions which makes the code much easier to read for humans.
High level languages are also often faster in development compared to low level languages because of their more concise syntax and less time needed for translating them into machine code. This does not mean however that these languages are faster when it comes to execution speed or memory usage.
I get a lot of questions from people who want to get into programming. What kind of jobs are there? What’s the work like? How can I get started?
I think it helps to start by distinguishing two different sets of jobs: the ones that require high-level programming skills and the ones that don’t.
“High-level programming skills” means something like the ability to write code that, if it were put in an open source project, would be accepted as a patch. It’s true that these days many ordinary users have some programming knowledge. But if you’re at a professional level, knowing how to use Word macros is not what I mean.
If you have high-level programming skills, you can do all sorts of jobs that nonprogrammers can’t, and that’s what most programmers do. In fact, there are so many kinds of jobs for high-level programmers, I’m going to have to just enumerate them:
When talking about high level programming languages, there are two directions that the conversation can go. One is that it discusses the benefits of using a high level programming language and why you should use one. The other is that you can talk about what constitutes a high level language and how it differs from lower level languages.
These are all great topics to discuss but they don’t really help people that want to learn more about specific high level languages. That’s where this blog comes in! I’m going to explain what some of these languages are and what kinds of job positions use them. This will give you an idea of the kind of work you might be doing with each language, as well as what kind of applications could be made using that language.
I also include a few resources at the end of each post if you’d like to learn more!
I recently got into a discussion with a friend about the differences between internships and jobs. They have worked at both, but never really thought about it until I asked them to elaborate what the differences are. I’d like to share some of their thoughts on internships vs. jobs with you today.
First up is an internship. Internships are great for several reasons. For one thing, they are often paid positions! This is helpful because you can make money while you gain experience that will help you in your career later on. Also, internships are usually short term gigs which means less commitment from you and less commitment from the company to find a place for you later on if the internship doesn’t work out. Interns often get sent to conferences, hackathons, or other “fun” events that companies send employees to so that they can network or gain skills related to their job at the event.
A full-time job is different from an internship in many ways, but perhaps the most noticeable difference is how long you are committed to staying with a company after getting hired there full time. If a summer internship goes sour, it’s usually only 3 months of your life gone and you can move on without any negative feelings
What is a programmer?
A programmer is someone who takes some data and changes it into something else.
If you can write a spreadsheet macro, you are a programmer.
If you can write a simple script to automate tasks in an operating system shell, you are a programmer.
If you can use the Visual Basic Editor in Microsoft Word or Excel, you are a programmer.
The only difference between these different types of programmers is the complexity of the programs they write.
Rather than worrying about what kind of programmer they should be, aspiring computer scientists should just start programming and see where it leads them.
“When I use a word,” Humpty Dumpty said, in a rather scornful tone, “it means just what I choose it to mean—neither more nor less.”
“The question is,” said Alice, “whether you can make words mean so many different things.”
“The question is,” said Humpty Dumpty, “which is to be master—that’s all.”
We’ve seen this movie before. It’s how Lisp got its parentheses. And it’s not just a theoretical issue. Programming languages exert tremendous influence over the thoughts of their users, and not necessarily for the better.
For example, the authors of C take pride in the language’s minimalism. To them, this means that you can use any machine instruction you want as long as you call it with a function call. They believe this makes C programs simple and elegant. But when you look at actual C programs—especially large ones—they turn out to be anything but simple and elegant. They are big balls of mud. The reason is that simplicity and elegance are not what people want from a programming language; they want power instead.