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What does a Computer Software Professional do?

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In many industries around the world, there is a growing need for skilled computer software professionals to work on exciting software and website development projects. In addition to project work, multiple companies rely on the work of the computer software professional to maintain and updates to internal software applications and websites. This keeps costs down, improves efficiency, and ensures that software is functioning properly for the benefit of employees and customers alike.

A computer software professional generally possesses the skills of being able to use and manipulate computer codes in order to design, modify and improve software for use by commercial and personal consumers. Computer software professionals, often referred to as engineers or support professionals, are skilled at reviewing and writing multiple lines of complex computer language, otherwise known as binary code.

The type of work that the average computer software professional does varies by the type of software that is to be managed. Some software professionals specialize in a multitude of widely used software applications while others may focus on one small, but critical area of the software itself. Software can be created, altered or updated as needed by a seasoned computer software professional.

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A growing need in the field of computer software work exists in website and web-enabled applications. With many more companies launching websites and blogs on the Internet or outsourcing their information technology to remote locations, web computer software and blog professionals are needed to streamline and maintain this process. In addition to using specialized software to process information and perform actions, web professionals also make changes and improvements in how websites and blogs perform.

For the experienced computer software professional, there are also opportunities to work independently or on a freelance basis as a web software support and services provider. This is a cost-effective method that many companies are using to support their computer software needs without having computer professionals on full time salaries. Software and web professionals can often work from home, providing on-demand service and support for computer and software needs.

The future is bright for the computer software professional as new advances in technology, such as mobile gadgets and social media networks, continue to transform the digital software age. There are many jobs available in computer and software engineering, development, service and support. As the number of companies competing on the Internet continues to rise, so too will many computer software jobs.

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Mor
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I wouldn't be too eager to become a general computer software professional. You might need to specialize in something in order to get a guaranteed job.

So many people, all over the world are training to be software specialists now, and there are quite a few who are probably willing to do the same job as you for less money. Specializing in something that you know is in demand guarantees that you will be able to get job when you've finished studying.

pleonasm
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@umbra21 - I'm sure that's not a bad way to do it, but there are quite a few advantages to getting a computer science degree.

Even if he was able to get a job with the diploma, it would have been a very steep learning curve, and he would have been very lucky to get a well rounded set of skills.

Generally what will happen is the company will train him in one job and he'll find it difficult to ever move out of that position should he ever want to.

And personally I would prefer to be an independent computer software professional, which requires much more flexibility and the ability to do a wide variety of tasks, but will also eventually be able to command a larger salary. Not to mention you'll be able to move jobs as you want and work when and where you want.

umbra21
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If you are interested in becoming a computer software professional I would suggest looking further than just a Bachelor of Computer Science. While that's definitely not going to hurt, it does cost a lot to get a university degree and it won't necessarily help you more than other options which are available.

One of my friends managed to get a diploma in computer studies in about 9 months or so, and he has never been without a job since.

He did have to start a bit lower on the career ladder than he otherwise might have, but he was bright and dedicated and I believe that he ended up higher at the end of it in less time then he would have taken if he had gone for a full degree.

And he got there with much fewer school fees to worry about. If I enjoyed messing around with computers I'd be doing the same thing myself.

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