Last updated on November 27th, 2023 at 10:08 pm
Depending on who you ask, there are roughly nine different types of coding jobs that budding programmers can apply for. But before we dive in, what is coding and how can it be practically applied to support a range of industries?
The first part of the question is the relatively easy-to-answer part: specific codes tell relative aspects of a computer what to do.
The second is a little more complex because coding isn’t a one-size-fits-all consideration. There are different coding roles depending on the sector you’re working in. For example, the first on this list of nine might be tasked with creating apps, that anything from weather forecasts to a game of online poker real money.
Other coders will be preoccupied with building one of the twenty-seven most common types of websites: E-Commerce, Blogs, Entertainment and everything else in between.
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You’ll need to be fluent in Python, Java, C, C++ and/or Scala, which requires a lot of study time. Ideally, you’ll have specific qualifications for this role, and you’ll need to be prepared to roll with new technical skills on an ad hoc basis.
You’ll need to be fluent in HTML or Python in your role as Web Developer and, as we’ll see as we go down the page, able to adapt to technological changes. You don’t necessarily need a degree to get into web development, but you must be able to write code (of course) and be able to think outside the proverbial box.
Think of this as an all-rounder job in coding. A computer programmer will write, test and maintain code across a variety of the disciplines mentioned on this page. It’s a well-paid role but, ideally, you’ll need a degree in a relative field and be a Java and Python expert.
Front End Developer
Back End Developer
…Which could be the best-paid role on this page. So, you’ll need to have mastered at least one of the four main coding languages: Python, PHP, SQL or Ruby. Your main role is writing the code that dictates how an app/website functions, in addition to managing databases and servers et al. It also requires the developer to have a good, all round knowledge of everything else on this page.
Full Stack Developer
Your main role will be in ensuring the database in question is both secure and running efficiently. At the very least you’ll have to have a good grasp of SQL, but the role also requires the ideal candidate to have excellent all-round IT skills. You’ll need to be creative too, especially when it comes to merging more than one database of differing ages.
Network System Administrator
Don’t think of the Network System Administrator as some sort of entry-level IT operative. While you might not need a degree to get a foot in the door, you’ll need an excellent all-around knowledge of computing. It’s not the best-paid job on this page, but it’s arguably the most rewarding purely because of the day-to-day challenges.
You’ll need a holistic understanding of IT and programming, especially SQL, and be able to advise on improving the performance of any given system. However, a system analyst must also be able to act as, among others, a consultant, business administrator and decision-maker. Out of all of the jobs on the page, this one requires the ideal candidate to be the quintessential jack-of-all-trades.
As we alluded to earlier, there are nine basic roles for coders, but there are niches within these as well. For example, Information Security Analysts or Mobile App developers are roles in their own right, or they may be covered by the aforementioned roles.
Either way, coding is a whole lot more than stringing a bunch of zeros and ones together. For a start, you’ll need to be prepared to study for long hours to gain the necessary qualifications to be a competitive candidate as a coder. But you’ll also be required to work as a team player, which can be as challenging as it’s rewarding.
Get it right and you can look forward to an exciting career at the forefront of technology. And let’s face it the salary isn’t too bad either!