A programmer’s job is one of the most coveted and highest paying jobs today. Programmers are hired by a variety of sectors that thrive on technology as their backbone. Thanks to strong demand and high median annual wages, more and more people are pursuing careers as computer programmers. People often think programmers are a special breed of humanity, born with scientific calculators for brains. On the contrary, programmers are ordinary people who simply have a passion for programming. And like in any profession, talent only gets people so far, as work ethic and discipline truly determine success or failure.
If you’re curious to learn programming, don’t worry; it’s not as difficult as it may seem. Of course you don’t simply say, “Computer, build me a website.” It’s more complex than that. In a nutshell, programming is like writing meticulous instruction manuals in a special language, which only computers and other programmers can interpret.
What will your responsibilities include?
- Arranging the project nitty gritty in programming sequence
- Writing efficient and correct codes, adapting or editing existing codes
- Detailed documentation of the project’s operating procedure for future reference
What skills are employers looking for?
Strong coding skills are a necessity for you to be successful in this role but that may not be the only skill set required. Some skills and competencies that recruiters are looking for in their ideal candidate are:
- Excellent coding skills
- Analytical and problem solving skills
- Strong knowledge of software algorithm design
- Strong quantitative skills
- Communication skills
Do you have the right skill set?
The leading employability test AMCAT, which is also the only adaptive test in India allows you to test yourself for a wide range of skills and competencies.
The following table illustrates how various skills and personality traits map to assessments required for the Software Developer role.
|Software Developer Profile Skills||AMCAT Mapping|
|Excellent Coding skills||Automata *(Automated Computer Programming assessment): Mid to High AMCAT Computer Programming: Mid to High|
|Strong analytical skills||Logical Ability: High
Quantitative Ability: Mid to High
|Ability to comprehend and process data||English: Mid to High
Logical Ability: Mid to High
Being a good programmer is not an easy task and a career in computer programming is not for everyone. So if you’re not sure of your job readiness, take the AMCAT test today and find your right career path.