Since its launch in 2002, the .NET framework has been adopted by most companies who rely on Microsoft to provide their IT systems. Due to its popularity, opportunities for .NET developers have increased – and so have the expectations of recruiters, who increasingly now seek a higher level of technical know-how.
The career progression for .NET software developer jobs begins at junior level, rising up to mid-level and then senior developer within around a five year timeframe.
The most successful .NET developers are able to demonstrate that they have more than just technical ability. Being able to work as part of a project team, under pressure and to tight deadlines across multiple tasks are sought-after qualities. Good verbal and written communication skills are also essential.
Often companies using the .NET platform require developers to have experience in related technologies such as ASP.NET, VB.NET, Winforms, and C #. Knowledge of the latest Microsoft technologies, such as .NET 2.0, Atlas and LINQ, is also a useful asset; and likely to set you apart.
Employers consider a degree related to computing as the most essential route to become a .NET developer; or a science-related degree, with conversion to a computer science qualification. A strong object-oriented programming background and a Microsoft accreditation may also be helpful.
To work in a company using the .NET platform you will need to show solid experience in using existing.NET technologies, as well as the very latest releases. You’ll also need to demonstrate commercial experience in developing internet systems, including testing, configuration and support, alone or as part of a team.
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