With the tech world constantly changing, Python developers play a central part. Which is why there is such a wide range of opportunities for qualified personnel to choose from.
As one of the most popular and versatile programming languages, Python is broadly utilized by businesses of all sizes and across industries, which is why there is a constant supply of Python jobs and opportunities for skilled developers. The exact job specification of a Python developer will vary hugely depending on the size, industry and season of an organization. However, in broad terms, a Python developer’s day is likely to include some – or all- of the following activities, as well as a few others that we haven’t mentioned.
Reviewing previous work, both of their own and of their colleagues’, is a daily activity for many developers. Regular reviews ensure high quality code and that errors are picked up so that code can be debugged and retested to ensure that it does what it needs to do. For some organizations, this process involves peer-to-peer reviewing; this can mean that developers all review each other’s code, or they review their own before having a team discussion.
Writing and debugging
Following the review of existing code, time will be spent working on optimizing code, or creating new code.
This is an opportunity for them to debug existing code and rectify any snags picked up during the morning’s review process, as well as looking for ways to optimize code so that it is more robust and scalable. Adjusted code will either be retested immediately or, depending on the review process, it will be reviewed and tested during the next review phase.
Review and development
Collaboration with colleagues is a valuable tool that allows Python developers to learn from each other and share successes and challenges with like-minded colleagues. Some organizations encourage buddy schemes where two developers are paired up to work on the same piece of code, reviewing or optimization together, or further mutual reviewing.
Because the role of a Python developer is constantly changing, it is vital that a developer continues to learn, regardless of their position or success within their organization and the broader industry. Training and development, both on and off the job are, therefore, important for a developer to stay ahead of the game and offer maximum value to their organization.
Testing and launching
As the day progresses, new code will have been added to supplement existing code, and brand-new code will be taking shape. To optimize the code, it is necessary to test at regular, appropriate intervals so that potential errors and gaps can be identified as soon as possible. This will expedite the process by allowing errors to be rectified and debugging to occur as soon as possible. The testing phase will depend on the organization and developer, but it may involve composing automated testing scripts to test the code to ensure that it reacts the way the coder intends.
If code is almost ready to be deployed, the developer may need to write documentation to accompany their code upon release so that other users can deploy it to optimal effect.
Reflect, review and plan
As the day – or the create, review, optimize, plan – cycle draws to an end, developers have an opportunity to reflect on the processes and consider how they can be improved in the future, as well as the potential impact of their and their colleagues’ code on future capabilities and requirements.
It’s about more than tech
There is a misconception that coders anyone in a tech job is more at home in a quiet room with a computer than with a group of people. However, great communication is a core requirement of Python developers. They need to communicate with other developers as well as understanding the current and future challenges and needs of their organization, and the organization’s clients to produce code that responds with those needs appropriately. To be a successful Python developer, therefore, you need far more than great tech skills; you need excellent communication skills, and you need to be able to work as a team; supporting your colleagues and allowing them to support you.
How to get a job as a Python Developer
Despite the uncertainty facing some areas of the tech industry, particularly the Big Tech companies, a career in tech is, in general, a safe and secure career option. For those who feel that they have the qualities to succeed as a software developer, including technical capabilities, great communication skills and problem-solving ability, it can be hard to know how to where to start. In the first instance, it is a good idea to make sure that you have a good understanding of Python. If your knowledge is not up to date, or if you are unsure of your level of understanding, there are plenty of training opportunities, both at local tech colleges and online. The number of Python jobs is growing rapidly. In the United States, the number of Python jobs is expected to grow by 23% from 2020 to 2030, which is much faster than the average for all occupations.
There is no better way to prove your capability than with first-hand evidence of what you are capable of. Practicing your Python skills via build projects will not only help you to refine your skills, but it will allow you to build a portfolio of your work to showcase to future employers. While you are building, take the time to explore different libraries, such as NumPy, Pandas and Django; by gaining familiarity in the tools most commonly used within your chosen organizations, you can improve your employability with them. If you have a specific organization in mind, find out what tools they use and make sure you familiarize yourself with it and put it on your CV.
Software development may be global, but it is a small world! Work on open-source projects, collaborate, network, and get to know people in your industry: both those who you might work with as well as those you might work for. These valuable relationships will help you to get inside information about upcoming opportunities.
Above all, don’t stop learning! The tech world moves fast; if you stop, you risk being left behind. For additional guidance on how to land the tech job of your dream, you could consider speaking to a tech recruiter who will offer you insight into your employability and advice on how to improve your visibility in the industry.