What is it like working as a developer? What do developers actually do, and how much do they earn? Why learn coding today? In the following section, Wild Code School offers you a general overview of what it means to work as a developer in the digital sector.
The market demand
In the past, software development work was often outsourced but it has now become a fully-fledged strategic activity pursued within business organisations. An article published in the Harvard Business Review in 2017 explains that software development skills are becoming a key differentiator for companies. Developers are the most sought-after people in the digital sector!
Working as a developer
The work of a developer is to create, write, test, and document websites, applications or
software. Developers work in a team, most often with clients, project managers, and
What developers don’t do:
- Repair computers or fix Internet connections. They are not maintenance technicians.
- Design visuals for websites or graphical interfaces. They are not web designers.
- Maintain and run websites. They are not webmasters.
Gates (Microsoft), James
Gosling (Java), Grace
Hopper (COBOL), Guido
Rossum (Python), Kenneth
Thompson (Go, Unix), Margaret Hamilton (Apollo), Tim
Berners-Lee (W3C), Linus
Torvalds (Linux), Dennis
Ritchie (C) are
all famous developers in the history of computer science for inventing programming languages or
operating systems. The pioneer of computer science was, in fact, a woman, Ada Lovelace, who wrote the
first computer program on an ancestor of modern computers in the 19th century!
Computer developer, web developer, coder, programmer, computer scientist, front-end developer, back-end
developer, full-stack developer... all these terms are frequently used to refer to the profession of
There are 3 main types of developers depending on the applications they develop:
1. Web developers create applications for websites, use front-end languages (HTML, CSS,
Ruby) for what remains invisible to users or for what enhances the front-end (such as sending email, managing a
shopping cart or running payment solutions on e-commerce sites, etc.),
2. Native developers who create applications specific to a given system (Windows, MacOS,
Android, iOS, AS400, UNIX, etc.),
3. Hybrid developers who create applications capable of running on multiple systems.
What do developers earn?
There is now a mismatch between supply and demand in the labour market: while companies are increasingly looking for people with digital skills, especially developers, the volume of candidates is not growing fast enough.
To sum up: why learn coding today?
Because you’ll be in great demand
Software development is the profession most highly sought-after by recruiters and considered the #1 tech job
with the highest growth rate in terms of job offers.
Because coding is accessible to everyone
Coding is accessible to everyone, whether you have a formal academic qualification or not, and it’s open to
everyone! Although you have to be logical and meticulous, you don’t have to be brilliant in maths to become a
Because the career is interesting and the salary is good
Globally, the median annual income of developers is 48,490 euros (according to the 2019 Stack Overflow survey). After working as a junior and then senior developer, you will be able to move on to other
professions: Lead Developer, Project Manager, Growth hacker or Product Manager.
Because working times and working methods are flexible
Clocking in at the factory or taking crowded public transport will be a thing of the past! Many companies
have realized that the quality of the code produced is the most important thing and let their developers
work flexible hours or work from home.
Because it's rewarding
It will largely be thanks to you that your company will be able to develop new products and applications,
present them on its websites to its customers, boost its growth. You will earn the recognition of your co-workers and employer.
Because you will be joining a dynamic and close-knit community
The developer community is strong, international and close-knit. With meetups, conferences, open-source
projects and hackathons, becoming a developer really means opening up your life to new opportunities,
networking and other people.
Because coding is life
Your iPhone? Code. Facebook? Code. A GPS? Code. Ordering a pizza? Code. By becoming a developer, you become
a player in the digital world, building the cathedrals of the modern era.