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.
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?
You’ll be in great demand
Software development is one of the most highly sought after professions by recruiters and is considered the #1 tech job with the highest growth rate in terms of job offers
Coding is accessible to everyone
Although you have to be logical and meticulous, you don’t have to be brilliant in maths to become a developer. Whether you have an academic qualification or not--anyone can learn to code!
The developer career is interesting and profitable
The median annual income of developers is 41,764 euros (Stack Overflow survey). After working as a junior and then senior developer, you will have access to other professions: Lead Developer, Product Manager...
Working times and methods are flexible
Many companies realize that the quality of the code produced is the most important thing and let their developers work flexible hours or work from home.
It will largely be thanks to you that your company will develop new products and grow. You will earn the recognition of your co-workers and employer.
You'll join a dynamic community
Meetup, conferences, open-source projects, hackathons... becoming a developer means opening up your life to new opportunities, exchanges, and people.
Coding is everywhere
Your iPhone? Code. Facebook? Code. GPS? Code. Ordering a pizza? Code. It’s everywhere. By becoming a developer, you build the cathedrals of the modern era.