9 Programming Careers for Coding Connoisseurs

Programming Careers

You’ve always been fascinated by the fact that an entertaining mobile application or sophisticated computer program all boils down to a string of code. How a bunch of letters, numbers and symbols assembled in the perfect order can power an entire software system.

This curiosity is what led you to teach yourself some of the basic programming languages and dabble in the art of coding. Now you’re starting to think you could expand on those self-taught skills and pursue an actual programming profession.

If the scenario above describes you, you’re in luck! There are plenty of programming careers for you to pursue in the world of technology. So whether you’d like to spend your entire days writing code or you’d like to use your programming knowledge to help drive overall business decisions, keep reading to find the perfect coding career for you.

9 Computer coding jobs in high demand

We used real-time job analysis software to examine more than 1.7 million job postings that list programming skills as a preference.1 The data helped us identify the top nine programming careers to consider.

Learn a little bit about these programming careers and see which one might appeal to you.

1. Software application developer

  • 2016 median salary: $100,0802
  • Required education: Bachelor’s degree
  • Projected growth (2016-2016): 30%

Software developers are responsible for creating and enhancing applications for cell phones, tablets and other mobile devices. This is a great career for someone who has a “big picture” mentality and likes to collaborate with others to bring ideas to life. Knowing coding basics and having an aptitude for math are also important.

2. Web developer

  • 2016 median salary: $66,1302
  • Required education: Associate’s degree
  • Projected growth (2016-2026): 13%

How a website looks and functions is the direct result of a web developer’s work. All programming careers take patience, but this one provides more instant gratification than most. Web developers listen well to their clients’ needs and problem-solve to give them the best website possible for their business. At the end of a project, you have a working, accessible website to show off your hard work. Web developers do well when they can show a portfolio of their work and have a deep understanding of coding.

3. Database administrator

  • 2016 median salary: $84,9502
  • Required education: Bachelor’s degree
  • Projected growth (2016-2026): 11%

Database administrators are tasked with securing, organizing or troubleshooting storage for large amounts of information for companies online. If you love analyzing and recovering information, as well as fast problem-solving, this could be a great career for you.

4. Computer network architect

  • 2016 median salary: $101,2102
  • Education: Bachelor’s degree
  • Projected growth (2016-2026): 6%

Connecting multiple people within a company through one central system is the role of a computer systems architect. This architect solves company needs to communicate by upgrading a system or troubleshooting it using code. Evaluating the technology and putting together a company analysis report is also part of the job.

5. Computer systems analyst

  • 2016 median salary: $87,2202
  • Education required: Bachelor’s degree
  • Projected growth (2016-2026): 9%

The strategist behind the computer systems architect is the computer systems analyst. The analyst works on behalf of the corporation with the computer network system to see which upgrades would be worth the financial cost to make their online communication more efficient. Once an analyst convinces a company to upgrade their system, coding is analyzed for errors and corrected.

6. Software quality assurance (QA) engineer

  • 2016 median salary: $86,5102
  • Education requirements: Bachelor’s degree
  • Projected growth (2016-2026): 9%

Software QA engineers are at the beginning of software, documenting defects, designing tests and scenarios and creating manuals for new software. They also review software designs for functionality and potential problems.

7. Business intelligence analyst

  • 2016 median salary: $86,5102
  • Education requirements: Bachelor’s degree
  • Projected growth (2016-2026): 9%

Programming is a bonus, but not as much of a necessity for the business intelligence analyst. This position is for the behind-the-scenes marketer who gathers all the cold facts about software products and trends to determine which software can help solve business initiatives.

8. Network system administrator

  • 2016 median salary: $79,7002
  • Education requirements: Bachelor’s degree
  • Projected growth (2016-2026): 6%

Network system administrators maintain computing environments in their networks and prevent disasters by backing up data. Providing network security and avoiding viruses are the major tasks, along with making sure codes are free of errors and protecting both the network and hardware of the computers.

9. Computer programmer

  • 2016 median salary: $79,8402
  • Education requirements: Bachelor’s degree
  • Projected growth (2016-2026): -2%

Computer programmers write programs and rewrite programs until they are free of errors. They use a workflow chart and coding formulas until the desired information is produced. Attention to detail and patience set you apart in this career.

Today's special: Computer coding jobs

Now that you’re aware of the various ways you can capitalize on your coding skills, it’s time to start building on that foundational knowledge you’ve already acquired. Although most of the programming careers require a bachelor’s degree, even an associate’s degree and some portfolio building can get your foot in the door of one of these computer coding jobs.

Check out our technology degree programs to learn how we can help equip you with the practical skills and hands-on experience you need to take your programming passion to the next level.

1Burning-Glass.com (analysis of 1,731,292 jobs that require programming skills, November 01, 2016 – October 31, 2017).

2Salary data represents national, averaged earnings for the occupations listed and includes workers at all levels of education and experience. This data does not represent starting salaries, and employment conditions in your area may vary.

EDITOR'S NOTE: This article was originally published in December 2016. It has since been updated to include information relevant to 2017.


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