How to Become a Successful C++ Programmer

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C++ is a structured programming language that was originally developed as an extension to the C language. Some of the applications of C++ include the development of customized software, application software, client software, and server software. C++ developers develop software applications by using this programming language. The developments in the field of IT and communications have generated a demand for C++ developers.

The job profile of a C++ programmer depends on the profile he has at his work place. If he is into C++ programming mainly, most of his time will be occupied in writing code to develop new software as per the clients' requirements. If a C++ developer is manning a maintenance job then it includes updating the programs already developed by someone else. The requirement of companies change which doesn't require developing new software. Updating the existing ones are enough. Another category is software testing. Software that is developed using the C++ language may be erroneous or in other words contain some bugs. Hence, tester tests codes to detect and remove the bugs. Software testers also check if all aspects of the software are working.

If you are aiming to be a C++ programmer you need to have a certificate in the C++ language. You should opt for computer science at undergraduate level. Knowledge of C is crucial to master C++.

Training in the C++ language is given by various computer academies. There are also short-range degree courses available. Moreover there are a plethora of online tutorials and courses that you can take to enhance your expertise in the C++ programming language.

As a C++ programmer, you need to be good at mathematics right from the school level.

A C++ programmer should be comfortable with sitting before the computer terminal for hours typing on a keyboard which can expose you to eye problems, back trouble, and ailments of hand and wrist like the carpal tunnel syndrome. You must have good communication skills as a C++ job includes communicating with clients all the time to crosscheck their needs. You should be a good team player as you will work in a group with programmers who will work on different aspects of the software simultaneously. Moreover you will require working for 40 hours per week and being open to working in the evenings and weekends to meet deadlines or fix snags that have cropped up unexpectedly.

Experience is highly valued in C++ programming. Programmers with know-how of Linux programming and generating client/server programs are given preference over others. Programmers with knowledge of other programming languages and as a result a wide range of programming experience are absorbed by reputed firms.

In addition to this experience in AI programming, Natural language processing, Redundant/Fault tolerant programming, MPI programming, Distributed processing, High availability clusters, High performance clusters, XML-RPC, Statistical computing, Operational Analysis, Operations Research, Network Security, and Implementation of compilers/interpreters for programming languages will let you find a calling as a highly paid C++ professional in the software industry. Programmers with long years of experience may advance to the level of lead programmers and be given managerial tasks. Some of them can become systems programmers, program analysts or system analyst or work in research and development later on in their career.

Expertise in C++ programming has tremendous employment scope all over the world. However, from 2006 - 2016 this job sector may witness a decrease in scope by 4%. The reason is high scale offshore outsourcing of programming jobs generates a high ROI at a very low input. But it goes without saying that the requirement of good programmers with thorough knowledge, procedural dexterity and comprehension of the client's requirements will never diminish. C++ programmers are always sought after for their object-oriented programming skills and thoroughness in areas such as client/server programming, wireless applications, multimedia technology, and graphic user interface. The growth of client/server, intranets, extranets, and Internet applications and more lately cyber-security will make a good number of C++ programmer's job available.

C++ programmers are offered very fat pay packages. Programmers employed with reputed multinational companies can expect to draw about forty to fifty thousand US dollars. Many experienced C++ programmers open their own consulting firms after having enough exposure in the industry.

If software industry is the right work sector for you, selecting C++ programming as a career goal is a good choice.
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