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    How do people make money programming here?

    I currently use programming in my job as a Test Engineer. I need to have skills in hardware, from component level to system level, software, processing, etc.

    I'd like to eventually start a business and was wondering how others make money with programming on here.

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    I certainly don't make money programming here: the help seekers never pay me anything!
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    Are there people working that type of job where you work. Is there any kind of career path planning there? If so, I've seen testers make that transition in the past.

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    My official title at work is "Software Engineer." It somewhat overstates my qualifications and education, but not my duties. I've been at it for 8+ years, so performance is obviously more important than qualifications on paper.
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    I work at a large company and there are people doing all sorts of different jobs. Software, systems, hardware, algorithms, management, etc. I have been offered by some managers to go into systems, software and electrical. I'm a master of known but I can integrate systems rather well.

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    Are you asking what type of jobs the programmers here (or in general) have? As for myself, I'm retired now, but I mostly worked with operating systems and device drivers, initially on mini-computer systems, later on embedded devices (with micro-kernels). I specialized in some forms of data compression, and Reed Solomon error correction code. So in my case there was a significant amount of low level software and knowledge of hardware involved.

    On the other extreme, I know a programmer that works with cloud / server based applications using Microsoft Azure, which is fairly isolated from hardware. For example, things like load balancing (which involves sharing server load between multiple processes), are handled automatically within Azure, so the programmer never has to deal with this stuff.

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    I'm a full-stack web developer. Still love me some C++ though. Though that's like a dirty word in the web community. We dare not speak of things that aren't trendy!

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    Oh, he is asking what we do for a living in relation to programming.

    At my current position I'm essentially an automation engineer, I program PLCs and HMIs for oil & gas separators, and create the occasional desktop application. Recently I've made a program to help automate BOM creation and 3D model creation, and right now I'm working on a multi-threaded Modbus data logger.

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    I wish i learnt programming and computer stuff instead of accounting as I'd be able to get a job easily.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DavidIR View Post
    I wish i learnt programming and computer stuff instead of accounting as I'd be able to get a job easily.
    I guess this only applies to those who are good. You could just learn programming at school, such at it and of course, you won't have a very easy time getting a job.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DavidIR View Post
    I wish i learnt programming and computer stuff instead of accounting as I'd be able to get a job easily.
    What? It is easier to be an accountant and work independently, then a software developer.

    Meanwhile, the job market for software developers is crowded with applicants. To make matters worse it has spread through the years over a large number of skills with not just programming language, but also APIs, frameworks, database management servers, and even development tools being hiring requirements. So, the chance you fit exactly a job application within your skill set is much lower these days. And the cherry on top?... the density of internships in the tech industry is way over the top, removing many possibilities for skilled workers. The software development job market is becoming increasingly difficult and tremendously competitive. And there are no signs it will slow down.
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    Reimplementing a large system in another language to get a 25% performance boost is nonsense. It would be cheaper to just get a computer which is 25% faster.

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    Is it more competitive "in house" or because of outsourcing opportunities?
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    I doubt it's 'cause of outsourcing.

    I think it's the same way with how everyone told kids to go to college so now we have so many college-educated individuals cleaning toilets.

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    I found the university computer interesting, and taught myself how to program it. I wrote a suite of programs for the school of Geology, derivatives are probably still running today. Qualified as a Geologist, but have never worked in the field again, was a software developer / engineer since 1978 until forced retirement in 2008. Converted mathematical models of pipeline networks into Fortran 66 and 77 code, various other pipeline related activities for oil and gas companies, grid control stuff. Moved deeper into embedded systems, first in the transport sector, bus/train ticket automats, fare computer-ticket machines. The last 2-3 years was on embedded safety systems for marine shipping systems, voyage data recorders etc. In all I was fairly well paid, but, I /was/ good at it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MutantJohn View Post
    I doubt it's 'cause of outsourcing.
    Come TTIP it will.

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