The Future Of The Programmer Jobs Market

by Stephen Trigg - Date: 2007-10-02 - Word Count: 458 Share This!

Computer programming has become one of the most underestimated directional tools of the global economy in the last decade. Programming is everywhere you look, from cellular phones to laptop computers to checkout counters. These programs, which look like nonsense to the lay-person, are vital for the basic functioning of any computerised equipment. As such, the programming professional is in high demand in the UK, Europe, and throughout virtually the entire world . However, it is important to look at trends that may influence the programmer job market in the future before diving head-first into a programming position.

One trend that is likely to influence the role of permanent computer programmers is the shift towards temporary and consultant positions on technological issues. Companies that already have in-house IT and programming departments may maintain only a small portion of their current staff in the future. It may hence be inferred that programmers are more likely to become employed as contractors as companies look to cut permanent payroll and maintain their bottom line. In order to prepare for this eventuality, it may be useful for a computer programmer to develop additional side interests, whether helping a local business with some IT issues or undertaking other private consulting work.

Irrespective of whether permanent jobs for computer programmers will suffer a decline, it is a virtual certainty that the increased intricacy of computing will require a constant re-education of veteran programmers. Computer programs and programming languages differ greatly from one another, even though they may share some basic elements. As technology advances and new generations of operating systems and languages become prevalent, there will be a need for programmers who are able to program in a variety of programming languages. The IT professional would be wise to keep abreast of technology and learn new skills as his or her career progresses rather than risk becoming a technical ‘dinosaur'.

To continue on the theme of on-going education, the most employable and versatile computer programmers in the future will be the ones who are able work in a variety of environments on a range of technology platforms. For example, telecommunications companies need programmers that can work on most or all of their projects. This includes wireless networking, data streaming, cellular phones, and other equipment that requires a broad range of knowledge. Indeed, companies may begin to expect computer programmers to become more broadly knowledgeable than in the past. However, computer programmers that are truly committed to their craft should not have a problem meeting that expectation. Their natural curiosity, hard work, and technical prowess can turn them into versatile programmers for the rapidly changing job market.

Stephen Trigg is the CEO of Quanta Consultancy Services, specialists in Human Capital Management Consultancy, providing Banking Jobs and Biotechnology Jobs.

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