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Computer scientists- what percent of your day to day job is technical?

I want to spend at least 85% of my time designing algorithms or other technical things until the day I retire (or kick the bucket). Not project management, not business development or client schmoozing... Is that a reasonable expectation for your industry? I am a young civil engineer who has discovered my field expects a project management trajectory and I hate that. I liked learning C, fortran, CUDA and linear algebra much better anyway in school... Thanks for the insight!

Asked By: voraciousveggies - 11/13/2012
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If you work in a large software development organization, such as a Microsoft or Adobe or whatever, you can usually find positions that allow you to write code indefinitely, if you resist any attempts at promotion. Some large companies have dual-ladder promotion paths, with one path being purely technical. However... More
Answered By: Techwing - 11/13/2012
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Writing an algorithm (that's actually useful) isn't a job. That's like asking Einstein how much he got paid to come up with the mass-energy equivalence equation. If you're trying to write an algorithm that will do something better than what's already being done, good for you. But don't expect to get paid for it. Most... More
Answered By: Ash - 11/13/2012
 
A software developers can devote themselves almost full time to programming, avoiding customer facing roles and team leadership responsibilities. However that does come at a cost, in that the better paid jobs are those involving management... More
Answered By: peteams - 11/13/2012
 
I really think it's unreasonable to expect. They can hire cheap labor to do the job of coding...there's just NO WAY you can ever be so good at coding that you would be worth keeping around when they can hire people straight out of college for less money. If you want to have a career, you should be shooting for... More
Answered By: Jared - 11/13/2012
 
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