By April 20, 2017

Software Development Jobs: NO CODING!

What if you were a software developer but did not like… CODING?

What would you do? In this video, I received a question from a reader telling me that he was finishing his software development degree and he wanted to get a job but… HE DOESN'T LIKE CODING.

What are the jobs he could apply for that does not involve coding? Watch this video and find out!

Transcript Of The Video

John Sonmez: 

Hey, what's up? John Sonmez here from I got a question about other software jobs. No coding. If you don’t like coding, this question is for you. This video is for you. This question is from James and he says, “This is a quick question. I'm finishing school this spring (2 semesters = a year) and I've had experience in the software development field through internships. About 2 years of internship experience, I don’t think I want to write code anymore because it bores me. I will have a Bachelor of Science in Computer Information Systems and an Associate of Applied Business. What other jobs can you recommend? I still want to do something somewhat technical but don’t want to be writing code at a computer all day anymore. I want to talk to people more and be able to get out of the office. I think I like writing code more as my own hobby and not as a job.”

Okay. This is a perfectly valid question. Let's see. What kind of job? I don’t know of anyone in the software development field that does some kind of a job that doesn’t involve writing code. I can't think of—can you guys think of anyone? Anyone who does that? So yeah. I do that. Hey, wait. What's going on? I actually like writing code though, but it's just not the best use of my time because I got to make videos because I talk to you all about improving your life and achieving your dreams.

There's a lot of different opportunities, I think. Obviously, you can do something like what I'm doing, is you can blog about software development or you can do something that helps software developers in some way. If you want to do something more on the technical side, there's a whole bunch of stuff in the software development field. There is business analyst. You can be the person who translates business requirements to developers. You could be the one that actually stands out and actually does understand the coding side really well and understand the business, and then does that. You can also be an IT like help desk developer person. So there's a lot of roles where you're not necessarily writing code all day, but you're doing developer support.

For example, Microsoft has some of these roles where they're actually doing phone support for software developers. They're getting into the nitty-gritty details of the code and they're supporting actual developers that are writing code or using the tools where they're not necessarily writing code all day, but they're getting to do kind of the fun stuff. At least for them it is probably, might for you be fun to not have to write the code but to help other people write code. There's technical writers who write documentation and stuff like that. I don’t know if that's something that you're interested, but you could do that. There's DevOps where you can take your coding experience and your skills with coding. You don’t have to write code all day, but you can go and you can help build deployment systems that you can deploy the software that developers are writing. It's sort of like being kind of between an infrastructure person and a developer. There's roles where you could be a solution architect where you're going out and you're working for a company, where you're going out and you're going to clients and you are coming up with the architecture of the solution that's going to be developed and you're not going to write the code yourself, but you're going to have developers that work on your team that you're going to communicate to them what needs to be built, and you're defining the architecture.

I'm trying to think of some other ones that you could do. You could go into testing, QA, quality assurance, where you're going to—you could do something like testing where you do test automation. That might actually be fun where I found that to be a really fun thing to do, which is basically you're going to write automated tests. It is a lot of coding but it's something more than just coding. You could go into sort of the hybrid where you're doing some programming, but you're creating things that actually write. There's this whole maker type of movement that's been going on where you can actually build like circuit boards and you can build robotics and stuff like that.

There's a lot of different things that I think that you could probably do with that kind of computer science knowledge without having to necessarily code all day. You just got to look around and see what's out there, what kind of job opportunities are out there that you might be interested in that would be an intersection of that. If you really, really don’t like coding at all, you might want to just switch fields and get out of the software development industry completely. That’s something to consider as well. Don’t feel like just because you got a degree in computer science that you got to stick with that. If you don't like it, don't do it, go do something else. Go learn something else. I know a plenty of people that have switched careers midstream. Heck, I'm doing—like I said, I'm doing something that has nothing to do really with programming anymore, even though I actually like programming. There's no reason why you can't switch out of that if you don’t like it, but there are plenty of roles that are definitely around software development that don't involve just sitting there and writing code all day.

I will tell you one other thing, is that even if you become a full-time software developer, you're not going to be sitting around and writing code all day. You're using a lot of time in meetings and doing architecture and designing systems. Writing code all day is not what you end up doing as a software developer. Just so you know. Maybe as an intern, they had you hacking out code all day, but as a software developer in the real world, that is usually not the case. There are some cases where developers do get to do that, but most of the time in my career as a software developer, I never get to just sit and write code. I would have loved to just sit and write code all day. All right. If you like this video, click that Subscribe button below and I will talk to you next time. Take care.

About the author

John Sonmez

John Sonmez is the founder of Simple Programmer and a life coach for software developers. He is the best selling author of the book "Soft Skills: The Software Developer's Life Manual."