If you’re thinking about getting into the world of IT and are interested in becoming a .NET developer in particular, below we have detailed everything you need to know about the role.

If you’re thinking about getting into the world of IT and are interested in becoming a .NET developer in particular, below we have detailed everything you need to know about the role.

From the everyday tasks that will be expected of you to the experience required and how much you can expect to earn, this handy guide will help you to determine whether or not this is the dream job for you.

What does a .NET developer do?

Developers are often responsible for a number of different tasks depending on a project’s requirements. Generally however, they are employed when a company wants a web presence and/or a customised web application without an out-of-the-box solution such as WordPress.

.NET developers also write desktop applications with many of them specialising in either cloud or web programming. You could also be responsible for fixing bugs in an existing application or building a new one from the ground up. The right developer should also be able to help advise on what’s needed to build an app.

You may also be expected to:

  • Identify, develop, implement and maintain web-based IT systems
  • Ensure that all IT systems are constantly available and that client-facing systems achieve all service level agreements
  • Support the developed system and ensure that any issues are resolved in a timely manner

Personal Characteristics

  • Trustworthy and honest – you will be responsible for important aspects of the business
  • Shows initiative
  • Takes risks
  • Is results orientated
  • Can deliver multiple projects
  • Is constantly seeking new and innovative ways to improve internal efficiency and communication 

Skills and qualifications

While technical knowledge is a must, there are also some other qualities which are essential for a good .NET developer including:

  • Sound technical knowledge
  • A good command of C# or VB.NET
  • Experience working with Microsoft ASP.NET, JavaScript, Angular JS or other scripting languages
  • Knowledge of WPF and MVVM techniques
  • The ability to refactor code and/or use existing code
  • A good .NET developer should also know how to test the essential part of the code
  • Good analytical skills
  • The ability to demonstrate experience of providing analytical and programming skills across a range of platforms
  • Because technology and IT is constantly evolving, an interest in staying up-to-date with industry trends is beneficial. It also helps if you are willing to embrace and adapt to change and potentially work in a busy and fast-paced environment
  • If you become more senior, you may need to mentor and develop junior staff

Salary expectations

As with most roles, the salary of a .NET developer does of course depend on the company you work for, the sector you’re in and how much experience you have. Typically however, the average salary for this job is £47,500 per year. In April 2017, the average salary for .NET developer jobs rise by 12% with an increase of £2,298.

If you would like more information about becoming a .NET developer or would like help finding your next role, please feel free to contact Alpha and we will be more than happy to help.  

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