What is it like working as a developer? What do developers actually do, and how much do they earn? Why learn coding today? In the following section, Wild Code School offers you a general overview of what it means to work as a developer in the digital sector.
Working as a developer: job profile, employment opportunities, and salary
The digital professions
The digital sector is one of the industries boasting the highest recruitment rate, both in Web companies as well as in more traditional organizations such as SMEs and large corporations currently developing their digital activities.
The digital sector covers a vast area and involves a large number of different professions, the best known being:
- Webmaster: responsible for a website, from initial design to maintenance,
- Web designer: responsible for designing the web interface, he/she is responsible for the way a project “looks,”
- Integrator: he/she takes the work of the web designer and integrates the IT
components in order to make the web service work as designed,
- Web project manager: manages the entire web site project and facilitates exchanges between the technical teams and the client,
- Community manager: coordinates and brings together communities on the Internet,
- UX/UI designer: a designer specializing in User Experience (UX) or Product Interface Design (UI)
- Web developer: web programmer who works on a project’s different functionalities
Working as a developer
The work of a developer is to create, write, test, and document websites, applications or software. Developers work in a team, most often with clients, project managers, and other developers.
What developers don’t do:
- Repair computers or fix Internet connections. They are not maintenance technicians.
- Design visuals for websites or graphical interfaces. They are not web designers.
- Maintain and run websites. They are not webmasters.
In the past, software development work was outsourced but it has now become a fully-fledged strategic activity pursued within business organizations. An article published in the Harvard Business Review in 2017 explains that software development skills are becoming a key differentiator for companies.
Developers are the most sought-after people in the digital sector !
Bill Gates (Microsoft), James Gosling (Java), Grace Hopper (COBOL), Guido van Rossum (Python), Kenneth Thompson (Go, Unix), Margaret Hamilton (Apollo), Tim Berners-Lee (W3C), Linus Torvalds (Linux), Dennis Ritchie (C) are all developers who owe their fame in the history of computer science because they invented programming languages or operating systems. The pioneer of computer science… was, in fact, a woman, Ada Lovelace, who wrote the first computer program on an ancestor of modern computers in the 19 th century!
Computer developer, web developer, coder, programmer, computer scientist, front-end developer, back-end developer, full-stack developer, etc…. all these terms are frequently used to refer to the profession of software developer.
There are 3 main types of developers depending on the applications they develop:
2. Native developers who create applications specific to a given system (Windows, MacOS, Android, iOS, AS400, UNIX, etc.),
3. Hybrid developers who create applications capable of running on multiple systems.
What do developers earn?
There currently exists a mismatch between supply and demand in the labour market: while companies are increasingly looking for people skilled in digital technology, especially developers, the volume of candidates is not increasing rapidly enough to keep pace.