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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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 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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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? [closed]

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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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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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 still relevant to learn C these days? [closed]

Back in the uni days, I had the opportunity to study C for one semester but I didn't take it any further because I can not see many job opportunities for C hence I learnt Java. These days I see more ...
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How to market yourself as a software developer? [closed]

I have noticed that this is a frequent issue among younglings from technical areas such as ours. In the beginning of our careers we simply don't know how to sell ourselves to our employers, and ...
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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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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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Can I get a job in the aerospace industry as a software developer if I'm self-taught? [closed]

I'm an employed, self-taught application developer. Although I love development, I'm fairly bored. To offset this (and because I love to learn), I study advanced mathematics, physics, engineering and ...
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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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How do I transition to an area of development where I don't have experience? [closed]

I've been a Classic ASP web developer for the last 10 years and for the second time in two years I'm facing the possibility of being laid off. The biggest difference now is that the job market for ...
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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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Why isn't functional programming more popular in the industry? Does it catch on now? [closed]

During my four years at university we have been using much functional programming in several functional programming languages. But I have also used much object oriented programming to, and in fact I ...
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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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Do employers hiring for software jobs care about the classes you took in a Computer Science Masters program? [closed]

I'm torn between two classes right now for next semester (Software Design and Advanced Computer Graphics). I would enjoy Advanced Computer Graphics more, but I feel the software design class would ...
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Is the development of CLI apps considered “backward”? [closed]

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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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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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 Haskell worth learning? [closed]

I am looking at this question primarily from a career point of view, so I hope you answer it accordingly. I am fairly proficient with Python, can write C++ and I am a final year student of computer ...
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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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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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How to search for a tester? [closed]

As a freelance developer, a few times I tried to find some testers to be able to let them test my software/web applications. If I try to find them, it's because most of the customers are not intended ...
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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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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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Where to look for a programming partner? [closed]

Say that you want to start a new project (I'm talking about a serious project — e.g if you had an idea that seems good and profitable — not about something you start just to learn a new ...
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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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What are the qualifications for working with development of operating systems? [closed]

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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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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Is it possible/likely to be paid fairly without a college degree? [closed]

Some back story, and then my question: I took a "break" from getting a university education last year to work full time as back end developer on a GIS application at $10.50 an hour. Later that year ...
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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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Will a computer science college degree ever hurt my employability? [closed]

Too often, I can see that there are many viable programmers without college degrees in Computer Science, Informatics, etc. Now that I've been reading more articles about underperforming education ...
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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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Why are more programmers not freelance these days? [closed]

Leaving the whole pie to only a few of them, amplifying the huge differences between the two status. Pay is a (huge) one, not having to do overtime is another. I leave the question open to hopefully ...
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Is it more valuable to double major in Computer Science/Software Engineering or get an undergraduate CS degree with a Masters in SE? [closed]

A friend and I (both in college) are currently in a debate over which is better, in terms of employment opportunities, experience, and education: a Bachelors degree in both Computer Science and ...
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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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Can I apply for “Software Engineer” jobs without being an engineer? [closed]

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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How to get back to Software Engineering after a break? [closed]

I have been browsing the questions here for advice on how to prepare and approach for going back to the job market. The Q&As have been a lot helpful but I would like to share some of the questions ...
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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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How to find entry level positions in a new city [closed]

I am just graduating from a computer science degree (tomorrow is my last exam). I have been thinking about job hunting this semester but I wanted to focus on my studies and part time job so I am a ...
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Doing a passive job search while employed, dealing with the barrage of messages from untargeted Recruiters, HR people? [closed]

I'm currently employed with what is basically a startup company, I took the job to gain more experience on the platform I want to work on. I want to entertain options for possibly moving into a new ...
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Can a developer move into a fast-paced career later in life? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How old is “too old”? Most developers I know pushed really hard to get ahead in their careers early on, then maybe slowed down about 10 to 15 years in to ...
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Career Shifters: How to compete with IT/ComSci graduates [closed]

I am wondering what are the chances of a career shifter (mid 20's), who have maybe 3-6 months programming experience vs. younger fresh IT/Com Sci graduates? You see, even though I really love ...
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Do job postings exaggerate their requirements? [closed]

I feel like a reasonably qualified programmer, but a lot of job postings I run into make me feel otherwise. Almost all of them separate qualifications into requirements and desirables, but even the ...
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How do I not undersell myself when looking for a job, while remaining honest? [closed]

I'm 10 months out of school and I lost my first programming job last week. I personally know a lot about different stuff - just look at my StackOverflow account, but I don't feel I have the ...
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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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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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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 ...