Software developers, sometimes referred to as computer programmers, have never been more in demand.  A wide range of industries values highly skilled IT experts, particularly as a result of the technological advances during the last decade. 

Software developer jobs.

This article will help those seeking to understand what is involved in a software development job and how to get ahead in the IT profession.

Initial research around working in software development.

It is worth taking some time to examine the jobs advertised by a specialist IT recruitment agency, as being clear about the roles and responsibilities of different posts is vital in order to understand how the industry works, and where a software developer fits in alongside other IT workers.  

Randstad Technologies offers comprehensive advice from a specialist team that focuses on development and testing, and the company has the ability to analyse changing trends in the job market and provide advice accordingly to those who have registered their CVs on its website.

Training for software development roles.

Most people take a technical degree or a BTEC HND/HNC qualification as a first step.  Graduates who haven’t studied information technology and are seeking a career change may be able to access a graduate trainee scheme instead.

Those who have already obtained training and started their careers may want to enhance their employment status by undertaking additional professional programmes, such as those offered by some of the software development companies, or those provided by the Institute for the Management of Information Systems (IMIS) or e-skills UK, for example.

Day to day activities.

Software developer jobs entail being able to embark on problem solving using a creative approach – a combination of lateral and vertical thinking.  Developers are involved in designing, installing, testing and maintaining software systems and play a key role in helping businesses and organisations to provide a quality service in as effective a way as possible.

Among the specific skills that are most in demand is the ability to write in some, or all, of the most popular programming languages, such as Java, C++, Oracle, Visual Basic, Smalltalk, .NET and Linux.  IT analysts may provide specifications for new software that the developer then writes and codes, or the task of originating a completely new software resource may also fall within the software developer job description.  That is why, when seeking work, it is best to get advice from a specialist IT recruitment agency that has knowledge of how software developers are used in various industries.

Options for employment in software development jobs.

Almost every employment sector uses IT at some level, including public bodies, engineering, finance, manufacturing, education, transport and retail organisations.  In some cases employers acquire software for their businesses and need software developers to modify the programs so that they work well with their existing systems.  

All companies that sell software run training schemes and it can be invaluable to approach these companies for an opportunity to gain work experience.  This is particularly so because new developments appear frequently and staying up to speed with these is key to keeping your skills current.