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How to Make Money as a Computer Programmer


Software engineers or computer programmers are people who create computer software by writing all the coding in specific computer language.

Computer programmers are the spirit of any hardware and applications because without programming, most of the electronic devices are useless.

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With such an ability, computer programmers can make money in various ways.

Computer programmers can make money usually with writing codes for many software.

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History of Computer Programming

Programmable devices have existed since 1206 to be able to play some rhythms and drums but they were not the same as today.

In 1843 the first computer program was created by Mrs. Ada Lovelace, the mathematician who published an algorithm to calculate the sequence of Bernoulli numbers for the Analytical engine.

Augusta Ada Lovelace, the First Programmer in the WorldAugusta Ada Lovelace is the first programmer in the world.

She was and English mathematician and writer (born in December 10, 1815 and died in November 27, 1852).

She was the first to notice that the machines should have an applications beyond their pure calculation.

Later in In the 1880, Herman Hollerith invented the theory of storing data in the machine readable form and both programs and data used to be store in the memories of the computer.

The main purpose of today’s programming quality is not the same as before and it has to provide the following:

  • Reliablility
  • Usability
  • Punctuality
  • Portability
  • Efficiency
  • Maintenance
  • Ability of handling the volume, variety, velocity

How Do Computer Programmers Make Money?

Programming is the main logic behind any high-tech devices algorithm.

Programmers are able to make any smart devices with their skills and knowledge.

They are the heart of the data technology and without the programmers the future of digital technology doesn’t exist.

There are many  ways that computer programmers can make money with such as:

  • Mobile developer
  • Mobile app programmer
  • Software Developer
  • Software design
  • Game programmer
  • Database design
  • DBA
  • Program analyst
  • Embedded firmware developer
  • Web development
  • Online application
  • Big Data programmer
  • Big Data analysis
  • Data science

How Computer Programmers Make MoneyThe main computer programmers skills is how to write and read the codes and specific computer languages, but a programmer can also design any application as well.

A good computer programmer, with more than five years of experience and expert in one of the main computer programming language and few additional skills can make a good income.

That good income is various from country to country and from a company to another company.

In general the company’s programmer can be considered a hearth of that company since the company makes money because of their knowledge.

1. Making Money as a Mobile App Developer

Mobile application development is one of the top hot programming skills nowadays.

There are many, many mobile apps that come out every day and all being created by the programmers.

2. Software Design

Designing the software is one of the most sensitive part of any application or software.

The logic behind any application or software being designed by a software designer.

He or she will create all the main structure and blueprint of the software before anything else.

Some information technology departments are using few designers in their team and all of them should work with each others in order to make sure everything is linked properly based on the company’s needs.

It can be the software designer, database designer, web designer, and also the app designer.

They must decide which programming language should be use for their application as well.

All of those steps  must be done before the starting of any coding.

3. Database Programmer

The database programmers are responsible for the back-end of the applications.

That means, they have to make sure the application is able to store, sort, search, update, and more based on the command.

Computer programmers who are working with database are able to make a lot of money.

Working as a database programmer requires the sql skills and the logical queries with the best and fastest result.

Some complex applications with many, many tables are able to communicate and access data with the queries that’s been created by the database programmers.

4. Game Programmer

The programming game is one of the high pay computer programming in today’s high tech world.

There are billions of people who are playing computer games in their daily rooting and all of those games being created by the game programmers.

5. Big Data Programmer

Programming a big data is the highest paying programming languages.

The big data programming uses python and java as their main programming languages.

Moreover, big data is a new way of storing, sharing, visualization, update, search and fetching data in many locations within the same network.

As a result, when a user fetching any data request such as image or any data with a large size of data, the query result will be done withing few seconds.

That happens because the data is not being stored in the sole database on the server and the data in this type of system are been store in various locations in the same network.

Search wains are collecting all the peaces from different locations at the same time and they create a total package and submit it to the end user.

Computer scientists came out with this idea, because of the high demands for medical images and sharing the database information between the medical centers.

Now, the traditional way of storing the data in the single database with many table doesn’t exist anymore with big data.

A copy of any data stores in several physical locations on the same network and they are using the cloud system to create this network.

Main purpose of the big data is a capability of handling the volume, variety and the velocity.

When there is a command, the system will search in parallel in all entire the network and all the physical computers in the system to be able to collect the data.

As a result the search result, will be thousands times faster than the traditional way of querying within the same database.

6. The Big Data Analysis

Since we have a big data programming, there is always a need for analyse the programs.

Data analysis, is the way to find the logic behind the application or program and to make sure the program is co responding with the company’s needs.

Also, the security of data should be concern and data analyst is able to make sure everything is running with the logical and accurate result.

The three Vs; volume, variety, velocity should be concern with the big data analysis to make sure the program can handle all of those requirements.

Since, the growth of data increases everyday very quickly, the governments and healthcare system, security and database data transfers are huge.

Growth of data is 4.2 exabyte every day, the big data is a revolution in a data science to help with data system to be able to handle the such a big data volume.

Computer programmers who are able to work with big data can make a lot of money and there are many demands for big data programmers or analysts.

7. Embedded Firmware Developer

The programmer who works as an embedded firmware developer, is basically programming the machines such as:

  • Cars
  • Microwaves
  • Smart TVs
  • High tech machines
  • Stoves
  • Fridges
  • and so on…

Programming of embedded firmware is not always a simple task.

Sometimes when you write a code for those devices, the code will be store on the memory board which is not easy to change.

Basically instead of software system it will be written for the hardware and transistor layout of the chips on the board and almost impossible to change them.

Usually it’s firm and controlled by the manufactures and not by the end-users.

Although there is a shortage of skilled programmers the average salary for the embedded firmware engineer is between $67K to $90K.

Skills require for embedded firmware engineers are: C or C++, Debugging, Hardware system, Communication, Creativity and being organize.

How Much Money You Can Make as a Computer Programmer?

Computer programmers’ salaries are like the other professions and it is all based on their experience.

People with more than two years of experience can make money in the average of $75,000 to $150,000 per year.

Web developers usually make less comparing to the object oriented programmers.

Application programmers, who are just doing the coding making less than the application analysis.

Java programmers with few additional skills such as Big data and Database, and having more than 10 years of experience are making more than $180,000 in some highly secretive companies.

However, the percentage of being lucky to be hired by the right company with the fair salary is less than 12%.

Programming and coding is a tough job and requires a lot of logic, skills and experience.

Although, all the applications are made by the programmers, they don’t get the salary that they deserve.

There are big software companies that are making billions of dollars by using computer programmers skills and hiring them to create their applications.

Conclusion

Computer programmers are the main reason for the technology advancement.

I have a computer science background with many years of working in the information technology field in the software system.

Working as a programmer requires a lot of logic and focusing.

By being a computer programmer you make your boss rich and you stay as a regular employee with a limited salary.

After ten years of working for various companies as a programmer, I decided to become my own boss and make the money I deserve with my skills and educational background.

The following questions were always in my mind:

  • How can I make money as a computer programmer?
  • Where should I start?
  • Is there any other way that computer programmers can make money through?

So, I decided to do some research and found out that I was just wasting my time and energy for the others to become rich and staying in the higher positions.

However, I made my decision and quit my day job which I wasn’t happy with, although everyone else wished to have the job i had, but I let it go.

I realized that it is true when they say: it’s not about what you know, it’s about who you know…

They’ll try to put you down and taking the advantages of your knowledge because you don’t know any other options available for you.

Therefore, they will keep you busy enough not be able to look around and realize the power of knowledge of being a computer programmer and what they can do.

1- How Can I Make Money With My Computer Programming Skills?

There are many ways of making money with your programming skills:

  • Become an IT consultant
  • Freelance Web developer
  • Running an online e-commerce
  • Having online business
  • Work from home on the internet
  • Internet marketing
  • And more…

There are various ways of making money for an skilled computer programmers that they can make three times more money than the average salary based jobs.

You can work only few hours per day and make a lot of money without any headache.

All you have to do is to do some research and see what you like to do.

Some people are good at internet marketing and communication which is the best way of making money online with a lot of profit.

Others like to sale products and or become a suppliers.

Affiliate business is always another way of making money online.

Make sure you have your own website and make it work and get a lot of visitors.

Have a self confidence and always tell yourself that I can do it and be positive to win and stand out between all other competitors.

Computer programming is one of the multi functional skills that not many people can have, so try to use it in order to move forward with success.

Good luck with your choice!

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