A developer is a person who is able to translate designs into a workable reality and whose job it is to study or examine something in detail and find creative answers to problems. The development industry is now more diverse than ever, with gaming, mobile and apps all being important areas. You could be working in roles that range from understanding the technical aspects of cyber security, or business process analysis, to building the websites and software that every business now relies on.

Skills and aptitude

Skills and aptitudes that would make a great developer include:

  • Attention to detail
  • Problem Solving
  • Good at maths
  • Methodical
  • Good communicator
  • Inventive
  • Self-motivated

Entry-level developer job roles

Someone entering a developer job role might have the following job titles, so look out for them while you're doing your research into possible future careers:

  • Business Intelligence Analyst
  • Cyber Security Analyst
  • Database Analyst
  • Games Developer
  • QA Tester
  • Software Developer
  • Solutions Analyst
  • Web Developer

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