"A man is a success if he gets up in the morning and gets to bed at night, and in between he does what he wants to do." -Bob Dylan

Bob Dylan is right and it is no wonder that he is one of the most celebrated singer/songwriter's of all time. Our work should not define the person we are but it should make us happy and it should be something that we like since we spend so much of our time working.

Therefore, although difficult, we need to dedicate time to thinking about our likes and dislikes to choose a career that will match our strengths and interests. 

And, since we are all different, we may have curiosities that do not match those of our classmates and coworkers but, thankfully, the job force is booming with variety and everyone can find something that will suit their style.

So, what if you have an affinity for all things technology and you love to solve complex problems, is there a career for you? But, of course! Software development, especially computer programming, is the best option for you since a lot of the work is related to having technical skills and debugging system issues on websites, apps, or other software.

Without further delay, we shall examine the potential careers that await those who have decided to study computer programming at a higher education level. Let's get coding!

How to Get a Computer Programming-Based Degree

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Computer programmers can work from anywhere in the world with their PC. (Source: Unsplash)

Now that you've decided that computer programming and coding is the right career choice for you, the only step left is deciding upon a course or degree that will equip you with the necessary skills. And, while that may seem daunting, it is comforting to know that there are practically only two paths: university or vocational training.

By selecting the university route, a student may choose a 3-5 year degree in computer science or software engineering that includes many programming and coding courses. A huge number of Unis in the UK have computer science degrees available that boast between a 90-95% employment rate.

Studying a Uni degree in computer-based topics is a wonderful way to gain practical abilities that make you more desirable for the best employment positions at reputable companies. Also, employers are ALWAYS willing to pay more for those with a university degree.

However, on the other hand, the vocational pathway to becoming a qualified computer programmer is admirable and completely possible either online or in-person across the United Kingdom. An advantage of online programming courses is that they are self-guided which makes them an attractive alternative for individuals who want to acquire further knowledge whilst working full-time or caring for family responsibilities.

It is important to state that vocational computer courses are much less demanding and much shorter than Uni degrees. Nonetheless, in most cases, that means that the payday is less than those with Uni degrees.

Now that you know more about computer programming degrees, the next step is analysing which types of careers you can expect. Keep on reading to find out more!

Potential Jobs for Skilled Computer Programmers

The time has finally come and you've got the necessary qualifications to start working as a computer programmer and to slowly become the king of code; congratulations!

Fortunately for aspiring computer programmers, we are living in the digital age with so many options available to work in the sector of technology. Also, it is important to state that due to the rapid advancements of computers and AI in recent years, statistics demonstrate to us that there will not be a shortage of computer programming jobs but rather an intense demand.

Without further delay, we shall analyse the best jobs available for computer programmers joining the workforce today.

Software Application Developer

With a median salary of a little less than £100,000 per year, software application developers make bank! Software application developers are in very high demand right now all over the world and to work as one a Bachelor's of Education in Computer Science or a related field is necessary.

What does a software application developer do? Software application developers are responsible for creating and enhancing the code and system of apps that are used on cell phones and tablets.

Having a thorough understanding of coding languages such as Java, JavaScript, and Python are necessary for becoming a software application developer. Also, it's worth stating that a high-level of maths skills are required to become a better problem solver when faced with software development issues.

Computer Systems Engineer

Do you like to work with clients, solve problems, and write code on a daily basis? If you do, boy do I have the right job for you! A computer systems engineer. A computer systems engineer analyses code to identify solutions to the complex app and network connections of their customer.

Computer systems engineers spend a lot of time writing back and forth with their clients to make sure that they are satisfied; this is a great compromise for programmers who like to socialise once and awhile.

To become a computer systems engineer, a Bachelor's degree is required and depending on the company, a salary of upwards of £60,000 is expected.

Network Systems Administrator

If you have a strong grasp of distinct programming languages such as Python, PERL, and Java, and you enjoy keep computer networks safe from cyber crimes, becoming a network systems administrator is the job for you!

Network systems administrators make between £60-80,000 per year and are experts in maintaining computing environments and preventing disastrous situations such as losing information by continually completing data backups. Computer coding is essential in this job because all software must be free of programming errors to run smoothly for the customers.

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Cloud maintenance and systems analyst is a new domain that is rising in demand due to work storage being used remotely. (Source: Unsplash)

Cloud Computing Analyst

Ever hear of the "cloud" and wonder where it is? If so, you're definitely not alone since I'm always suspicious of where my information is going! However, thanks to the cloud so many of us can keep pictures that we took 5-10 years ago and that is largely due to the hard work of cloud computing analysts.

Those who have experience in code and software development are eligible to work as cloud computing analysts and make around £100,000 per year. Cloud computing analysts make sure that all cloud-based data such as apps, hardware, software, and personal files are protected and migrating safely to the cloud of information without any problems.

The sector of cloud maintenance is relatively new and is perfect for computer programmers who are up to the challenge of troubleshooting and finding ways to make the cloud perform more effectively for users.

Computer Programmer

You might be saying, a computer programmer? I thought I was already working as a programmer? Although you studied code and computer programming, you can officially call yourself one when you've taken a job in computer programming.

General computer programming jobs cover the basics of software development and code and are available at most tech companies. Computer programmers can make a median salary of £70,000 per year.

Attention to detail and a strong desire to program things until they are perfect are characteristics that make a fantastic computer programmer. Also, it doesn't hurt to have a knowledge of computer programming languages such as Java, JavaScript, and Microsoft C.

Have You Ever Considered Becoming a Computer Programming Tutor?

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Working as a computer programming tutor is a wonderful way to share your skills with others. (Source: Unsplash)

While all the jobs we have mentioned in today's article are engaging, well-paid, and in high-demand for computer programmers, there is one employment possibility that is very interesting and merits specific attention. Which job is that? Working as a tutor.

Sharing your computer programming skills with others as a professional tutor is a fantastic career since you are consistently helping others to learn about things that can make them successful people. 

If you really don't like the idea of becoming a computer tutor and don't think it's for you, that's completely fine since it's your right to choose, but please take a look at the following advantages of tutoring before making a rash decision and completely discarding the idea:

  • Work From Home: although many of us are already doing remote working from home due to the COVID-19 pandemic, does the idea of indefinitely working in your pyjamas at your peaceful abode appeal to you? We thought so! Computer programming instructors mainly conduct online classes without having to commute to the workplace. Therefore, without the time wasted commuting to and from the office, you can do things that you love.
  • Good Salary: on the Superprof website you can take a look at the hourly rates charged by computer programming tutors and you'll be impressed. For instance, qualified tutors with a few years of experience can ask between £40-100 per hour depending on the software development topic that is being taught. After securing a few repeat students and filling your time slots, you can make a little extra cash on the side!
  • Flexible Schedule: sick of having to complete overtime work tasks and only being offered jobs with terrible hours? If so, you're not alone and there are a lot more people than ever before who are working for themselves by conducting online tutoring classes. Personal instructors on major tutoring companies have the luxury of choosing the hours that they want and can work.
  • The Ability to Inspire: as a teacher you instruct new things to your pupils and in many ways you inspire others to share a passion for the subject matter you are teaching. So, if you want to continue working as a computer programmer while at the same time inspire others, tutoring code is the best way to code. As a teacher/tutor myself, I can tell you that it's a very rewarding career.

There you have it, folks, some of the most highly recommended reasons to become a computer programming tutor; trust us you'll enjoy it!

In conclusion, it is important to state that if you decide to study computer programming and code, you'll enjoy a wonderful and fruitful career right now and in the future.

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