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Working As A Contract Developer

  • Interacting With Computers
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems
  • Getting Information
  • Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Mostly Sitting

  • Repetitive

  • $79,530

    Average Salary

What Does A Contract Developer Do

Computer programmers write and test code that allows computer applications and software programs to function properly. They turn the program designs created by software developers and engineers into instructions that a computer can follow. In addition, programmers test newly created applications and programs to ensure that they produce the expected results. If they do not work correctly, computer programmers check the code for mistakes and fix them.

Duties

Computer programmers typically do the following:

  • Write programs in a variety of computer languages, such as C++ and Java
  • Update and expand existing programs
  • Test programs for errors and fix the faulty lines of computer code responsible
  • Create and test code in an integrated development environment (IDE)
  • Use code libraries, which are collections of independent lines of code, to simplify the writing

Programmers work closely with software developers, and in some businesses their duties overlap. When such overlap occurs, programmers can do work that is typical of developers, such as designing the program. Program design entails planning the software initially, creating models and flowcharts detailing how the code is to be written, writing and debugging code, and designing an application or systems interface. Programmers often use an IDE, which allows them to create, edit, and test code.

A program’s purpose determines the complexity of its computer code. For example, a weather application for a mobile device will require less programming than a social-networking application. Simpler programs can be written in less time. Complex programs, such as computer operating systems, can take a year or more to complete.

Software-as-a-service (SaaS), which consists of applications provided through the Internet, is a growing field. Although programmers typically need to rewrite their programs to work on different system platforms, such as Windows or OS X, applications created with SaaS work on all platforms. Accordingly, programmers writing SaaS applications may not have to rewrite as much code as other programmers do and can instead spend more time writing new programs.

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How To Become A Contract Developer

Most computer programmers have a bachelor’s degree in computer science or a related subject; however, some employers hire workers with an associate’s degree. Most programmers specialize in a few programming languages.

Education

Most computer programmers have a bachelor’s degree; however, some employers hire workers who have an associate’s degree. Most programmers get a degree in computer science or a related subject. Programmers who work in specific fields, such as healthcare or accounting, may take classes in that field to supplement their degree in computer programming. In addition, employers value experience, which many students gain through internships.

Most programmers learn a few computer languages while in school. However, a computer science degree gives students the skills needed to learn new computer languages easily. During their classes, students receive hands-on experience writing code, testing programs, fixing errors, and doing many other tasks that they will perform on the job.

To keep up with changing technology, computer programmers may take continuing education and professional development seminars to learn new programming languages or about upgrades to programming languages they already know.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

Programmers can become certified in specific programming languages or for vendor-specific programming products. Some companies require their computer programmers to be certified in the products they use.

Other Experience

Many students gain experience in computer programming by completing an internship at a software company while in college.

Advancement

Programmers who have general business experience may become computer systems analysts. With experience, some programmers may become software developers. They may also be promoted to managerial positions. For more information, see the profiles on computer systems analysts, software developers, and computer and information systems managers.

Important Qualities

Analytical skills. Computer programmers must understand complex instructions in order to create computer code.

Concentration. Programmers must be able to work at a computer, writing lines of code for long periods.

Detail oriented. Computer programmers must closely examine the code they write because a small mistake can affect the entire computer program.

Troubleshooting skills. An important part of a programmer’s job is to check the code for errors and fix any they find.

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Contract Developer Career Paths

Contract Developer
General Contractor Construction Manager Program Manager
Chief Technology Officer
11 Yearsyrs
Lead Developer Lead Technician Systems Administrator
Director Of Information
10 Yearsyrs
Contract Software Engineer Principal Software Engineer Software Development Manager
Director Of Software Development
12 Yearsyrs
Interactive Developer Senior .NET Developer Senior Programmer Analyst
Information Systems Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Lead Developer Project Manager Information Technology Project Manager
Information Technology Director
10 Yearsyrs
Applications Developer Senior Software Engineer
Lead Developer
6 Yearsyrs
Software Engineer Senior Software Engineer
Lead Technician
6 Yearsyrs
Data Analyst Finance Analyst Business Analyst
Product Owner
9 Yearsyrs
Applications Developer Project Manager
Program Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Database Developer Database Administrator Senior Software Engineer
Senior .NET Developer
6 Yearsyrs
Business Analyst Senior Systems Analyst Senior Software Engineer
Senior ETL Developer
5 Yearsyrs
Business Analyst Information Technology Consultant Information Technology Manager
Senior Information Technology Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Contract Software Engineer Systems Engineer Senior Software Engineer
Senior Java Developer
6 Yearsyrs
Senior .NET Developer Software Development Engineer Web Application Developer
Senior Programmer
5 Yearsyrs
Data Analyst Business Analyst
Senior Programmer Analyst
7 Yearsyrs
Database Developer Data Analyst Business Analyst
Senior Quality Assurance Analyst
6 Yearsyrs
General Contractor Maintenance Technician Engineer
Senior Software Engineer
6 Yearsyrs
Software Engineer Systems Analyst
Senior Systems Analyst
7 Yearsyrs
Interactive Developer Senior Java Developer
Senior Web Developer
6 Yearsyrs
Senior .NET Developer Senior Programmer Analyst Assistant Vice President
Vice President, Technology
11 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Programmer Analyst 4.0 years
Systems Developer 3.4 years
Senior Programmer 3.4 years
Software Architect 3.2 years
Software Engineer 3.2 years
Lead Programmer 3.1 years
NET Developer 3.0 years
Internet Developer 2.8 years
Software Developer 2.7 years
Programmer 2.6 years
Access Developer 2.6 years
Lead Developer 2.5 years
Developer Analyst 2.5 years
Lead Architect 2.5 years
Solution Developer 2.4 years
Lead Web Developer 2.4 years
Java Developer 2.3 years
Test Developer 2.2 years
Developer 2.2 years
Web Developer 2.1 years
Database Developer 2.1 years
PHP Developer 2.1 years
Siebel Developer 2.1 years
Module Lead 2.0 years
Contract Developer 2.0 years
GIS Developer 2.0 years
Junior Programmer 1.8 years
Java Web Developer 1.8 years
J2ee Developer 1.8 years
Junior Developer 1.4 years
Top Employers Before
Developer 10.4%
Consultant 8.5%
Programmer 4.9%
Instructor 1.9%
Top Employers After
Developer 12.5%
Consultant 9.2%
Programmer 2.5%

Contract Developer Demographics

Gender

Male

71.2%

Female

26.0%

Unknown

2.7%
Ethnicity

White

80.0%

Asian

9.5%

Hispanic or Latino

8.5%

Unknown

1.4%

Black or African American

0.6%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

36.2%

French

12.8%

German

10.6%

Chinese

4.3%

Mandarin

4.3%

Russian

4.3%

Arabic

4.3%

Turkish

2.1%

Danish

2.1%

Icelandic

2.1%

Vietnamese

2.1%

Filipino

2.1%

Ukrainian

2.1%

Cantonese

2.1%

Japanese

2.1%

Armenian

2.1%

Tagalog

2.1%

Italian

2.1%
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Contract Developer Education

Schools

University of Texas at Arlington

7.2%

Rochester Institute of Technology

7.2%

University of Texas at Austin

7.2%

University of Phoenix

6.3%

San Jose State University

5.4%

Arizona State University

5.4%

George Mason University

5.4%

University of Connecticut

5.4%

DePaul University

5.4%

University of California - Irvine

4.5%

University of Southern California

4.5%

Texas A&M University

4.5%

Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

4.5%

Miami University

4.5%

Purdue University

4.5%

National University

3.6%

Brigham Young University

3.6%

Michigan State University

3.6%

Virginia Commonwealth University

3.6%

Ohio State University

3.6%
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Majors

Computer Science

26.9%

Business

19.0%

Computer Information Systems

5.8%

Mathematics

4.6%

Electrical Engineering

4.2%

Management

4.0%

Computer Engineering

3.8%

Accounting

3.3%

Education

3.1%

Computer Programming

2.7%

Finance

2.7%

Law

2.7%

Information Systems

2.5%

Political Science

2.3%

Graphic Design

2.3%

Computer Applications

2.1%

Information Technology

2.1%

English

1.9%

Chemistry

1.9%

Communication

1.9%
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Degrees

Bachelors

40.3%

Masters

27.2%

Other

18.0%

Associate

6.0%

Doctorate

3.9%

Certificate

3.6%

Diploma

1.1%
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Top Skills for A Contract Developer

Pl/SqlWebApplicationDataWarehouseMicrosoftSQLServerC#.NETASPProceduresJavascriptHtmlWindowsXPXMLCSSFinancialManagementSystemJqueryPHPUserInterfaceUnixCobolC++

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Top Contract Developer Skills

  1. Pl/Sql
  2. Web Application
  3. Data Warehouse
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Created packages & stored procedures in PL/SQL utilizing SQL Developer for Oracle 11g.
  • Converted JAVA source code into an Oracle stored procedure thereby improving the time performance of a WEB application.
  • Developed modules to collect data on an hourly basis for loading a 35 terabyte data warehouse for telecommunications engineers.
  • Created stored procedures using Microsoft SQL Server 2000 for reports.
  • Project Details: Converted a data collection/report generation application originally written in classic asp to ASP.NET.

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