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My primary work is ...

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Developing software for a company
  4239 votes / 38%
Developing software for a research institute
  368 votes / 3%
  1131 votes / 10%
Management or consulting (not coding)
  1675 votes / 15%
Something else, explained below
  2350 votes / 21%
I'm unemployed
  1247 votes / 11%
11010 total votes.
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  • Don't complain about lack of options. You've got to pick a few when you do multiple choice. Those are the breaks.
  • Feel free to suggest poll ideas if you're feeling creative. I'd strongly suggest reading the past polls first.
  • This whole thing is wildly inaccurate. Rounding errors, ballot stuffers, dynamic IPs, firewalls. If you're using these numbers to do anything important, you're insane.
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  • WTF? (Score:5, Insightful)

    by Anonymous Coward on Monday June 04, 2012 @09:04AM (#40207727)

    So apparently everyone on slashdot is expected to be a developer? WTF

    • Re:WTF? (Score:5, Informative)

      by 1s44c (552956) on Monday June 04, 2012 @09:18AM (#40207861)

      So apparently everyone on slashdot is expected to be a developer? WTF

      Exactly. There is a whole lot more to IT than writing software. The unix admins, windows admins, other OS admins, DBAs, network people, telecoms people, hardware people, user support people, and so on must outnumber developers by at least 10 to 1.

      • by jedidiah (1196)

        That basically boils down to two classes though.

        "Sysadmin" and "Desktop Support".

      • Is webmastering for an gouvernemental organisation is "Developing software for a company"?

        • by Aryden (1872756)
          as most sites are actually web applications these days, yes I would consider them as "Developing software for a company".
        • by ZG-Rules (661531)


          I work in WebOps for a Government and I most definitely don't develop software. That's the job of the developers.

          I maintain the build systems and I integrate tools which give the Developers the ability to publish their software. I describe our systems (in Puppet) to allow us to deploy them at will and I monitor the heck out of them. Each of those items does require some level of scripting or programming, but I don't consider that "what I do" - my focus is on building and maintaining an operational platfo

      • Re:WTF? (Score:5, Informative)

        by AmiMoJo (196126) <mojo&world3,net> on Monday June 04, 2012 @01:27PM (#40210707) Homepage

        And there is a whole lot more to writing software than IT and desktop computing. I am an embedded software developer. I also do some electronics and design work in that area. I write software for microcontrollers that typically have say 4k of RAM and run at 8MHz or less. No OS, no C++ or object oriented stuff, just raw C and assembler on the bare metal.

        • raw C??? Talk about having it easy!

          Back the good ol' days we programmed these things in hex machine code. Eventually -- after a decade or two of indentured servitude -- we were allowed to use the assembler.

          • Re:WTF? (Score:5, Funny)

            by VorpalRodent (964940) on Monday June 04, 2012 @04:48PM (#40213393)

            You were lucky.

            We dreamed of hex code. Our cubicles were in a septic tank, and we had to solder op-amps directly onto the PCB. During our break, our manager would thrash us with his belt.

            • Wow, you got a break? We got hit with that switch while soldering together the point-to-point work using a steel rod heated up in the central furnace. It was so hot in there you couldn't even wear clothes to protect you from the hickory switch!

            • Re: (Score:3, Funny)

              by pckl300 (1525891)
              You work for FoxConn?
            • by AmiMoJo (196126)

              Ha, you jest but I actually have been soldering op-amps to a PCB in the past few weeks... Not even a proper PCB, just protoboard, and not DIP ICs either, I had to hand convert SOIC parts using enamelled copper wire. As DIP parts become harder to get and non-existent for new ICs I wonder how we will prototype anything in a few years time.

      • by JTsyo (1338447)
        But apparently not on Slashdot. I'm surprised by 40% programmers.
      • by Shatrat (855151)

        Since when are 'telecoms people' IT?
        As a fiber optic transport engineer, I scoff at you, sir.

        • Fortune 500 administrating VOIP service would be my guess. Generally this falls under "networking", but if your company is large enough you might staff one dedicated phone guy to handle everything including management of cell phone contracts.

      • by Rary (566291)

        For what it's worth, the results as of right now have over 40% of Slashdotters being developers. Only 22% chose the "something else" option, which would include all the people you listed.

    • by Hentes (2461350)

      The point of this poll is to find out?

    • Well, I know I am. And an electrical engineer, marketing specialist, DBA, customer support, chef, mechanic, accountant. I do a lot of things at my job. Software developement is probably at the top of the list.

    • where is this idea of expectation? you have a "something else" option. what they don't show you is the whole slashdot population count, so you can see how many users didn't even vote at all because the poll seemed aimed at developers. i answered the poll because i'm a developer, but if i were a physicist or economist i probably wouldn't bother to vote at all. don't understand where expectation is implied.
    • He read the first two poll options and then inferred (incorrectly) what the remaining four would be. Hey, I know you want first post, but at least read half the options.

  • by oneiros27 (46144) on Monday June 04, 2012 @09:08AM (#40207773) Homepage

    We have to explain below?

    Screw that. If I wanted people on here to know what I do, I'd link to my resumé (haven't updated it in years) or LinkedIn (not that I explain what I do on there, either).

    I get it ... you're trying to justify charging more to advertisers by claiming that you have a certain niche audience that they want ... but if you paid attention, we're also a group who value our privacy.

  • by warewolfsmith (196722) on Monday June 04, 2012 @09:11AM (#40207793)
    Working for the man, and paying tax to boot. Couldn't write code to save myself. Guess I'm a simple user.
    • In the coding biz, we like to prepend an "L" to that. Or, if we're feeling particular frisky just swap that out completely and replace it with the term "ingenious idiot". Since we're usually sheltered behind a layer of technical support we don't need to resort to clever acronyms like PEBKAC to express our feelings about the customer like they do.
  • by Sponge Bath (413667) on Monday June 04, 2012 @09:15AM (#40207847)
    What is your primary function, generic work unit?
  • by astapleton (324242) on Monday June 04, 2012 @09:22AM (#40207901) Homepage Journal

    Code is for code monkeys. I'm a JOAT for IT (Jerk of All Trades).

    • by OzPeter (195038)

      I just read "The Lovers" by Philip José Farmer [] where the main protagonist called himself a JOAT (Jack of All Trades, not Jerk) and it was weird.

      While rebelling against the strict religious principles of his post-apocalyptic society he hooks up with this hot chick on this alien planet and bangs her repeatedly until she gets pregnant. Except she isn't a hot chick .. she is an insect that is mimicking a hot chick. Then she dies when the babies are born - well actually they start eating her from

  • by wagr (1070120)

    My job description covers developing software for a company, but reality involves rather little development.

    Most of my time is spent on investigations (but not real systems analysis), documentation (sometimes contracts, sometimes draft or pre-politicized end-user instructions), internal support, and elevated customer support.

  • Not in IT (Score:5, Insightful)

    by dryo (989455) on Monday June 04, 2012 @09:47AM (#40208121)
    So the assumption is that all Slashdot readers are IT professionals? That's kind of narrow-minded. I'm a teacher. I like to keep up with news about technology. Am I welcome here?
  • For over 40 years, I was a software professional. I started as a programmer, but spent 30+ years as a software test engineer (not licensed, but then never working in Texas). My career is described at .

    Retirement is the best "work" of all. It gave me time to serve two one-year terms on my county's grand jury, putter endless hours in my garden, serve as an unpaid docent at a local public garden, visit my grandchildren, etc. I can travel to foreign lands without first checking with some security officer at

    • I spent 35+ years as a coder/sysadmin/dba/"computer guy"; 2 years ago the start-up/small biz I'd put ten years into went titsup (after a prolonged illness). I'm 56, and I've forgotten (or swapped out) more about more aspects of computing than most of the 30-year-olds will ever know. But I haven't had a 2nd interview in over a year. Not that I'm "too old", mind you, it must be something else.
    • by DERoss (1919496)

      My career is described at [].

      I apologize for not previewing my prior response to this poll and thus not noticing that the link to my "Retired" page -- which summarizes my career -- did not appear.

  • i found out i am allergic to work! lol just kidding. physical disability. 30+ years with arthritis so, i chose "something else"
  • I'm a System Administrator, you insensitive clod! or is it I'm an insensitive clod, you System Administrator! eh, either way...
  • I'm an undergraduate student in Computer Engineering.
  • I run a small company that does quite some coding and R&D. I join in all aspects of it: management, sales, coding, R&D.

  • I do the work that allows Developers, among many others, to do their work. My team keeps the Infrastructure humming.

  • by Anonymous Coward on Monday June 04, 2012 @11:32AM (#40209289)

    My primary work is mining demographic information on readership of news-aggregate sites by hijacking their built-in poll systems.

  • Anyone else?

  • This poll is just great and it's exactly how I think as a software developer as I categorize them as either coders or "something else". Since all coders are better, and embedded coders are best, then it follows that I'm freaking awesome.

    Bow before me!
  • I am an electrical engineer. I guess my work fits under consulting since I do work for heavy industrial clients.
  • by Loopy (41728) on Monday June 04, 2012 @12:53PM (#40210279) Journal

    Nobody ever remembers us, despite our critical function. Makes you wonder about the "team demographics" hereabouts.

    • by wvmarle (1070040)

      Makes sense that they forget about you. It's not just in the poll, considering the website itself (both the code and the content).

    • Most of my automation work has been done in the domain of testing. You are not forgot!

    • by kiehlster (844523)
      QA is considered part of the development cycle, so maybe your job would be categorized under "Developing software for a company". You do help in developing software. You may not directly alter the code, but your feedback to the programming team does affect the outcome of the product.
  • Thinking about what I've done in the last 10 years... I've coded several different applications, learned a couple of programming languages, designed and coded an automated testing system architecture around TestComplete, written documentation, taken apart and fixed HP servers, developed virtual machine templates, maintained a dozen VMWare servers, taken out the trash, listened to co-worker's emotional problems, kept a client from being fired for doing something illegal (unknowingly), designed parts of our f

  • in a sea of them. Why does the question think we are all in software development?
    Ans: From all the debugging we do when using software.....
  • Stop the MCP!
    De-resolution is the only solution

    • by Kittenman (971447)

      Stop the MCP!

      Don't do it! I work on a piece of hardware where the MCP really is the operating system. (Steady as a rock too - no tendency to chase rogue programs on a lightbike).

  • I fix the problems created by programmers, management and end users. Anything and everything that comes down the pipe I will eventually see or be asked to correct.

    I also continually harp on the zero communication that takes place where I work. When I say zero, I mean zero. "We have someone starting today, we need an account and a PC by 2" says the management hack at 1.

    "We have new equipment arriving in 30 minutes. Do you need any information to help the delivery person when they get here?" I get in an em

  • Unless you count the State of New York as a company - I guess the point is arguable.
  • Software technical support, technical account management. Non-development semi-technical work in the software industry.
  • Developing electronics

  • Professional Shill anyone? I've seen a few of these around.

    Though seriously, I feel like this poll is more appropriate to another site, where you know, people talk about coding more often than other things. I rarely see any threads or even stories here that discuss coding in any particular length. Most of the time it's tech gadgets, dupes, political tech stories, or dupes.

    Though I suppose if we had a poll of our actual demographic, we'd have a poll of dupes.

  • I work for Cowboy Neal training pinguins to defenestrate suits whilst pelting them with apples.
  • I index books for a living. I just like keeping up with tech news. (I've indexed quite a few IT books, if that counts for anything.)
  • You forgot "you insensitive clod," you insensitive clod!
  • currently building a case against the British Government for kidnap, child trafficking and genocide.

  • by rueger (210566) * on Monday June 04, 2012 @07:47PM (#40214965) Homepage
    I'm a commercial dog walker, but ina past life worked extensively in non-profit orgs. In that context I was the tech equivalent to Chief Cook and Bottle Washer.

    Learned web stuff because someone had to do it, and we were tired of paying people to do it badly.
    Learned Photoshop and Pagemaker because we needed stuff designed and we were tired of paying people to do it badly.
    Learned to build, repair, and upgrade PCs because we needed it and we were tired of paying people to do it badly.
    Learned Windows inside out from 3.1 to Vista because someone had to know how to make stuff work.
    Plus I eventually learned Apple stuff because some people demanded them and I wanted to be able to separate reality from hype.

    Now that I only support myself, plus a couple of small websites, I'm living on Linux, Joomla, and Android, and am quite happy.

    I have though learned to STFU and not tell anyone that I could fix their computer.
  • And to all of jackasses who call yourselves "Solution Architects," thanks for screwing up every job-search website ever.
  • I deal with the goddamn customers so the engineers don't have to! I have people skills! I am good at dealing with people! Can't you understand that? What the hell is wrong with you people?
  • Some of us do hardware and science.
  • I'm an engineering consultant. I con people, then I insult them.
  • Voted developing but it is 99% fixing broken crap.

  • How about "Computer Engineering student working a near-minimum wage job to support their education"?
  • Which encompasses everything from making little custom boxes to do clever stuff with existing equipment, to climbing up very tall buildings, drilling holes in them, and bolting aerials on.

    I'm a radio amateur and into urbex, so it's just about perfect.

  • Commercial airline pilot, but my family thinks I'm head of IT, sysadmin and desktop support technician. Neither pays well enough...
  • But you'll just have to trust me on that. Hence the "furtive."
  •, with a side of tech support.

Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from a rigged demo. - Andy Finkel, computer guy


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