Questions about the prospects of getting a specific programming job. Most questions using this tag are closed as they deal with very localized personal, time, or place information - or being too broad to be useful.

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Does the expansion of new technologies cause a perceived shortage of skill? [closed]

Systems programming and desktop application development is a well established field. In recent years, web and mobile development have shown rapid expansion. As a software engineer I understand that ...
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Is the development of CLI apps considered “backward”? [on hold]

I am a DBA fledgling with a lot of experience in programming. I have developed several CLI, non interactive apps that solve some daily repetitive tasks or eliminate the human error from more complex ...
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Do people who get paid to write code but score low on the “programmer competency matrix” have an ethical duty to find a different kind of job? [on hold]

People advise me to "find a job doing something that you are good at", but the truth is that I don't believe I am good with anything other than just writing code. I don't think that I can design or ...
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Computer science jobs that don't let you develop software outside of that job? [closed]

I'm 15, and I was talking to my friends about what we wanted our future careers to be. I told them that I would like to have a job in the computer science industry (more specifically software ...
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Can working exclusively with niche apps or tech hurt your career in software development? How to get out of the cycle? [closed]

I'm finding myself in a bit of a pickle. I've been at a pretty comfortable IT group for almost a decade. I got my start here working on web development, mostly CRUD, but have demonstrated the ability ...
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Why is Adobe Air so underrated for building mobile apps? [closed]

I've worked with Adobe Flash-related technologies for the past 5 years. I've seen small bugs in some apps, but I don't understand why many big companies don't consider Adobe Air for their mobile apps. ...
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Crappy school, what to do? [closed]

I started programming fairly late. I am 24 years old and about to graduate from a local public university with a really poorly designed curriculum and teachers. Most of the work felt like busy work, ...
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Why the programmer with Ph.D is a bad candidate for the employer? [closed]

I have found this comic pic on Steve Hanov's blog: The most of the points are true obviously. What I can't comprehend is, why having Ph.D is considered as a "bad thing"? Any thoughts?
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What are the qualifications for working with development of operating systems? [on hold]

I always saw a lot of ads of programming jobs before. But I never saw an ad of operating systems development job before. I also never met personally someone who worked as operating system's ...
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Why most job offerings are for a <language here> developer, rather than a developer in general? [closed]

In an ideal world: In an excellent article Don't Call Yourself A Programmer, And Other Career Advice, Patrick McKenzie explains, among other things, that language doesn't matter: A developer is a ...
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Too much to learn, dealing with overwhelming varieties of technologies [closed]

I am about to graduate, and I am already working as a web developer in our library IT department. When I look at job postings I am absolutely overwhelmed by the sheer variety of technologies out ...
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How do I prove I'm a capable full-time hire after 3 years of a CS degree & lots of summer experience? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How can I let prospective employers know I'm a great developer? I'm in kind of a strange predicament. There have been family ramifications that I've had to leave ...
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Software engineer, already in late thirties, would I have trouble finding a new position? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Is ageism in software development based on anything other than bias? I have been a software engineer in the U.S for about 10 years now and I am already in my late ...
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What are the chances of getting a good development job without the training in solving programming puzzles? [on hold]

By "good job" I mean mostly a job that is well paid and involves the development of market-leading products/services (of course within my area of interest). I have a masters degree in economics and no ...
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What type of interview questions should you ask for “legacy” programmers? [closed]

We have recently been receiving lots of applicants for our open developer positions from people who I like to refer to as "legacy" programmers. I don't like the term "old" because it seems a little ...
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Can I apply for “Software Engineer” jobs without being an engineer? [on hold]

I am from a country in which the use of the word "Engineer" or "Engineering" is strictly regulated by legislation. This means that you must hold a degree in Engineering AND passed an exam to join the ...
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As a young developer, should I be worried about having to use “out-of-style” tech at work? [on hold]

I'm a recent college graduate (last May!). While I was still in school, I wanted to make sure that I had a job before I graduated, and very early (probably too early) in my job search I settled on one ...
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High School Dropout - Is It Always This Difficult? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Can someone find a job as a programmer without an education? I made a lot of mistakes when I was younger and never ended up graduating from even my ninth-grade classes ...
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Why are part-time jobs in programming an anomaly? [closed]

I've recently quit my full time developing job at mega-corp, and I decided that I'll look for a part time job. Since then I've talked to half a dozen potential employers, and every one of them had the ...
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What is the difference between being an IT in investment bank and a professional IT company? [on hold]

Suppose there are two positions: IT in investment bank: developer for the infrastructure or the platform a famous IT company: embedded developer, linux As far as I understand, since in the ...
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Questions on software development contracting [closed]

I am trying to understand a few aspects of applying for jobs such as the following: Android Developer - Front-end Experience Required - 3 month contract - London - £300 per day - Immediate start I ...
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Should fresh grads join startups keeping in mind the future? [closed]

I'll graduate next year and the campus drive has secured me a couple of jobs with what we call the "big" companies. But I had approached a startup recently as I really liked their projects and am also ...
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Industry jobs in artificial intelligence [closed]

As a relatively new computer science student, I am trying to find my niche within this broader field. My main goal is not academia but, well, a job. As such, I want to choose a specialization or two ...
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Why is it so difficult to get a programming job? [closed]

I Have been looking for a job in the past 10 years. Since I believe the subject I know better is programming, I have been trying to find a programming job. I send my curriculum to a lot of companies, ...
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Will perfecting my assignments help get me a job? [closed]

I am currently a student with the intention of pursuing a career as a programmer. All of my assignments are functional and complete to the letter but I feel as though there is plenty more work that ...
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What is the solution for “not enough commercial experience”? [on hold]

I have almost 2 years commercial experience in web development. Yet every time I apply for a job I get a call back "Sorry you don't have enough commercial experience for this position." The last 6 ...
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Is COBOL lucrative? [closed]

I once had this crazy idea that I might learn COBOL. COBOL developers are getting older and retiring, but there's still a lot of legacy code hanging around that needs maintaining. People have told me ...
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How can I secure a short-term programming job or internship abroad? [closed]

I am planning to go to the UK or Ireland (but it could be any location, generally speaking) for 3-6 months in about a year or so and would like to be part of a software development team there. I am ...
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Does C# experience translate well to C++? [on hold]

My programming classes in school were C++, but I ended up working a job doing C# for the last few years. If there was a position that required say 1 or 2 years experience in C++, would my experience ...
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Is there a way to become a remote T-SQL developer? [closed]

I have noticed that most SQL job vacancies are not adapted for remote (telecommute) work as Java or .NET jobs are. I'd like to know if there is a way to work in remote mode in T-SQL programming ...
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Why isn't functional programming embraced more widely? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Why isn't functional programming more popular in the industry? Does it catch on now? I've been working as a J2EE developer for the past 3 years and wanted to learn ...
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Will taking a job in web development prevent a low-level programming career? [duplicate]

I'm a computer science student in my last year, and I want to get a job, but have difficulties finding one in my city where I can use what I already know pretty well. There is a company which does ...
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Would licensing software engineers increase skill and salary levels? [duplicate]

When I apply for jobs I have to compete with too many other software engineers who have little or no skill and dilute the candidate pool. I feel it devalues our profession and ultimately pushes down ...
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How do I get myself out of a dead-end programming job? [duplicate]

I have almost 9 years of IT experience of which 7 years was worked in an IT company. For past 2 years I have been stuck in a non-IT based company using outdated technology and methodologies. We ...
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Where to look for challenging jobs with a relaxed atmosphere? [closed]

I'm a dev at one of the big-name tech companies. I like the job for many reasons: I do interesting work on a cool product I solve challenging problems and use a lot of high-level skills ...
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What is meant by a senior (insert language here) developer? [duplicate]

What is meant by HR/headhunters when they ask for a senior Java/PHP developer? Does that mean three solid years experience in one language alone? That come accross as quite a lot considering that the ...
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How do I determine what project ideas will work as a resumé builder? [closed]

I have been programming almost exclusively in C/C++ for the almost 3 years now (not including college) and feel stagnated (not to mention working on proprietary code for the most part). So I decided ...
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How do I find work experience as a minor? [closed]

I'm currently 16, and I consider myself a good developer. I've worked as a freelance and with an Israeli company (that serves other international companies) for the past year, and I've completely ...
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Programming as a career option for a computer science graduate vs other fields? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Why does a computer science degree matter to a professional programmer? Do I need a degree in Computer Science to get a junior Programming job? There are various kinds ...
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How can I make myself more attractive to software publishers? [on hold]

I have a good amount of experience developing software (5 years) in the corporate/enterprise world and would like to start working for a software publisher such as Microsoft, but never seem to get ...
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Will staying in this position affect my career negatively? [closed]

I work at a small software company where the owners are also the managers. My concern is that any and all progression in technology is met with utter disdain by management. Some of the comments are as ...
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How do I apply a computer science degree to web development? [closed]

I'm a web programmer, but I haven't found many opportunities to take advantage of a formal education in computer science. Maybe I'm not looking in the right places, but it seems to me like most of ...
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Career Prospects: Women at Management positions in Software [on hold]

I was wondering if women working as software developers often face more positive/negative bias in IT than in other fields? The only reason I ask this question is because personally I have noticed ...
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Is it possible to get entry-level jobs and internships without devoting all your time to programming? [closed]

I'm majoring in computer science in college, and I'm currently in summer program for a business minor. With the schedule and all the outside group projects and studying its impossible for me to really ...
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Does being a software tester make you a more well-rounded developer? [closed]

I'm interested in the prospect of spending a few years as a tester: it seems like two or three years as a tester in anyone's CV is a big gain. Are there any skills you can get as a software tester ...
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Are there drawbacks to taking a job where I will be using a unique programming language? [closed]

I just graduated from college with a degree in CS, so I would like to find a job where I can learn more about the field and build up some professional experience. I've interviewed at a company that ...
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Be a better programmer or an irreplacable employee? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Should a programmer be indispensable? Before I worked for a web development company, I asked a lot of questions of friends who were working as developers for tips about ...
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Is programming as a career in the US being hurt by competition from programmers in India? [closed]

I don't want to be offensive; people in India matter just as much as people in the US and also need work. However, I'm one of the people in the US. Are there fewer programming jobs in the US because ...
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Jobs that use programming which aren't in the technology sector [closed]

In the last chapter of "Learn Python the Hard Way" the author says: Programming as a profession is only moderately interesting. It can be a good job, but if you want to make about the same ...
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Why are programming salaries higher than most other common “educated” careers? [closed]

I have wondered about this for a long time, and I haven't been able to find a suitable answer, even on this website. When comparing an average programmer's salary to other common careers, where ...