The profession of a software developer is one of the most popular professions in the IT industry, which is developing constantly and dynamically. This results in a huge competition in the labor market, and in higher salaries of graduates completing IT studies than of their peers majoring in other subjects.
Software developers have many work opportunities. They can find employment, among others as producers of computer software, or specialist software. They can also work on mobile solutions and in Internet companies. Software developers are not required to have specific qualifications, nor to have finished specific schools. However, specialist knowledge, depending on specific work positions, is often required of them.
Software developers use a chosen, specialist programming language to write and design computer programs, applications, and to create graphics as well! Yes, images can also be written with the use of a programming language.
Countless programming languages have been written, all of which have both pros and cons. Some of them date back to as early as the 1950s, for example Fortran, and still remain in use, although they have changed in many ways. One of the characteristics of programming languages is that they evolve constantly.
Nowadays, it is not enough to know only one programming language. The ability to use several programming languages, for example the use of PHP and Python is required in certain places. As a result, people working in this profession usually know several programming languages, at least to the basic degree.
Knowledge of programming languages is not enough in the carrier of a software developer. Knowledge of programming standards and environments, databases and operating systems, or of carrying out IT projects, among others, is also required. Basic knowledge of the English language is also indispensable in the work of a software developer, and work in this position requires continuous development and broadening one’s knowledge.
In order to perceive the profession of a software developer with regards to the reality of the contemporary national and European labor market, it is worth familiarizing oneself with the national Integrated Qualifications System and the European Qualifications Framework.
The national Integrated Qualifications System, created under the supervision of the Minister of National Education as a response to the recommendation of the European Parliament and the European Council, answers the changes in the European labor market and economy. Its goal is to increase the number of people interested in official competences and raising their qualifications. This in turn has an influence on one’s professional situation and sense of security in the labor market. The Integrated Qualifications System is to help employees with a credible presentation of their qualifications not only to employers inside the country, but also to European employers.
The point of reference for the national Integrated Qualifications System is the European Qualifications Framework. It facilitates communication and the credible comparison of qualification systems in European Union countries. As a result, students, graduates and employers have the opportunity to better understand and compare the qualifications given in different membership countries and in different educational systems.
You can find more information about the European Qualifications Framework at:
You can find more information about the national Integrated Qualifications System at:
1. www.eacea.ec.europa.eu (England)
2. www.eacea.ec.europa.eu (Northern Ireland)
3. www.scqf.org.uk (Scotland)
4. www.eacea.ec.europa.eu (Wales)