During the years of the dot.com boom, the computer industry saw a rise in the demand for talented computer programmers to form the backbone of these lucrative organizations. The demand was high, the competition was tight and the prizes at stake are more than generous. But as these dot.com corporations fizzed out by the early 2000, many people thought that the need for computer programmers has all but died down.These people could not have been more wrong. At no other point in the history of information technology has the need for experienced computer programmers even been greater than today. The challenge for computer programmers, in order to find the job in the industry that suits them the most, financially and otherwise, is to develop a specialization and to find their own niche.Computer programming: still the hottest on the marketJust recently, CNN.com published a survey done by the staff of Business 2.0 magazine, which lists, among others, the five hottest jobs on the market based on their percentage share of appearances in online job-hunting websites. Which job sits on the top of that list? The answer is: computer programmers.
Despite the hiccups faced by the United States economy in the previous year, computer programming jobs remain as one of the highest paid jobs out there in the market. According to the 20th annual salary survey released by Computerworld.com late last year, a programmer/analyst just starting out at an entry level position had an average base salary of US$65,030 in 2006, with additional bonuses averaging US$3,525. The percentage increase of these figures compared to the figures presented in 2005 is 2.6%.
These are just the figures for the entry level positions. Computer programmers in middle management positions made as much as US$96,938 in 2006, while senior managers and CEOs have earned twice that amount.
Many are called, few are qualified. There is obviously a lot of money to be had in being a computer programmer. If the money is not enough to make for a suitable bait, most companies offer additional perks such as travel, free training and skills enhancement, performance bonuses and a lot of job flexibility. The problem is, while there are a number of fish in the ocean, a scant few are really qualified to bite the bait.
It is no longer enough for a computer programmer to just know how to code. Nowadays, it is necessary for a computer programmer to master a specific computer language, be knowledgeable in a few others, and to specialize in a certain seemingly unrelated field, such as pharmaceuticals, education, banking and finance, and the lot. Many would-be computer programmers are daunted by the requirements, but those who persevere certainly reap the rewards.
The competition among companies to recruit the right computer programmer that they need is stiff, and so they dangle a lot of dainties to snag the best of them. These companies also work their damnedest to keep the people that they have because they know that if a better offer comes looming in their horizon, they will certainly make a grab for the greener opportunity. It always hurts a company to lose a good computer programmer.