These People Have the Hottest Job in America. Here’s What They Say It’s Really Like

Software developers got a hearty slap on the back at the beginning of the year when US News & World Report named the tech role the “best job” of 2018.

Not that they needed the ego boost. Last year, PayScale and CNNMoney put software developers at the top of their own “best jobs in America” list. LinkedIn’s “skills companies need most in 2018” is stuffed with tools that any budding developer would salivate over, and the job site’s recent spread on the “most popular entry-level jobs” gave software engineers, an in-demand role that crosses into the software development world, the number one spot.

In the battle for workplace bragging rights, 2018 is clearly the Year of the Software Developer.

Quick question: What’s a software developer?

“It’s really just an amazing opportunity to build something,” says Pooja Gada, 30, the tech lead at Los Altos, Calif.-based hospital operations platform Qventus. “You turn ideas into something you can practice and play around with.”

Developers (sometimes called “programmers” or “coders”) are behind all the applications that make our digitized world run. They create the mobile apps we interact with everyday: “front-end developers” make the buttons on our screens, “back-end developers” sort through the data we punch into them, and “full-stack developers” do both. They’re responsible for the interactivity of every “smart” device from Amazon Alexa to those crazy internet refrigerators that keep stock of ingredients, create shopping lists, and feed you news. Developers help companies across industries bring their sales, shipping, and inventory solutions into the 21st century. And they do a million other things too.

It’s an increasingly popular and important role in the tech space, and will likely continue to be for years to come. In 2016, the Bureau of Labor Statistics projected employment for the role would grow 24% by 2026 — which is exceptionally fast, even compared to other burgeoning tech careers. The pay doesn’t hurt either: The average developer makes more than $100,000, according to BLS data.

Tech giants like Google and Facebook have a near-endless demand for developer talent. But these days, so does everyone else. A quick look at online job postings shows that, as of this writing, American Express, The National Football League, Sony, Etsy, Columbia University, Macy’s, Boeing, Quest Diagnostics, Weather Underground, FedEx, and The New Yorker were all hiring developers.

It’s a malleable occupation. Jobs are concentrated in tech hubs like Silicon Valley and Seattle, but employers are often willing to let developers work remotely from pretty much anywhere. There’s no set career path, either. Some people climb the company ladder to senior developer, software architect, and maybe even chief technology officer, eventually. (Gada, for one, worked as an engineer for Oracle before joining Qventus as the company’s first tech hire, where she was promoted to engineering lead after three years). Some just get really, really good at their craft and specialize in one …read more

Source:: Time – Technology


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