Instead of taking a position within another company, some developers hedge their bets and create digital applications and products of their own. While the pressure associated with such endeavors is much higher, the earning potential is theoretically limitless. In fact, many business CEOs in the 21st century are software engineers by trade; one notable example is Mark Zuckerberg, a computer programmer whose side project, “facemash,” would later evolve into the largest social network on the planet, Facebook.
Regardless of whether a developer ultimately chooses to take the entrepreneurial route, partner with a budding startup, or lead the charge of development within an established company, most developers can anticipate starting off as junior engineers. After gaining real world experience, junior developers progress to full development or even senior development roles.