How to Become a C++ Developer

C++ Developer

A C++ developer programmes software using the C++ script; a popular coding language that is used for specific softwares. They research how systems can be improved by C++, write and develop these systems, and troubleshoot for any issues.


C++ is an advanced general-purpose object-oriented programming coding language that is used for heavy systems development amongst industry software. It is related to C – its creator Bjarne Stroustrup originally called it ‘C with classes’ – but there are some major differences between the languages and C++ has progressed independently.

C++ is used for software like game engines, robotics, and machine engines simulations. It is rarely used for websites, so programmers who niche into C++ often have very specific skills and interests. C++ is also used as a base for other programming languages such as Python.

The duties of a C++ developer include:

  • Researching different softwares and programmes to see how well they can be optimised and improved using C++.
  • Using their detailed knowledge of C++ to plan and create softwares and programmes, bearing in mind the needs of their clients and users.
  • Testing the software to check for normal functioning, troubleshooting, and editing the C++ script if needed.

Becoming an expert in C++ does take a while as it is such a complicated script, but there are some opportunities to learn on the job. Candidates who are applying to any level position will need to first learn C++, often by taking a specialised course. They will then need to take a test to assess their level in C++.

Applicants for junior positions will be expected to have detailed knowledge of the most common parts of C++: loops, functions, types, declarations, and pointers. Junior C++ developers will then progress to learning about more detailed parts of the code on the job, and can ultimately move up to senior developer positions.

Many advertised C++ jobs are more senior and for high-level applicants. Applicants to these positions will first need to develop some sort of software knowledge and have experience in programming. They will need to prove competence in C++ by using the code in other jobs, and they may also need to take an advanced C++ test during the application process.

C++ developers need to have some sort of relevant degree, such as computer science, engineering, or mathematics. Vocational skills are essential too; candidates should complete relevant work experience and show a general interest in programming through personal projects.

Developers should have a mix of highly technical skills and communication abilities, as their job will involve them working as a team with other people. The C++ developer salary is generous, and once a candidate is highly skilled and experienced, they will have excellent job security.


What degree is most commonly held by a C++ Developer ?

  • Bachelor of Electrical and Electronics Engineering
  • Bachelor of Information Technology
  • Bachelor of Computer science and engineering
  • Master of Science (MS)
  • Bachelor of Computer Engineering
  • Masters of Electrical Engineering

Career Transportability across Countries

Transportability: High
Once a C++ developer has established an expertise in the subject, including a few years of work and general understanding of programming, they may find it easy to find work in other countries. There is a high demand for people who are well versed in C++ all over the world, and real experts are quite difficult to find - so companies who need one are normally happy to hire internationally.

What is the Salary of a C++ Developer ?

Experience Average salary | year
C++ Developer 1-3 yrs $100,000 £50,000 $79,477
Developement Manager 3 yrs + $150,000 £75,000 $120,000

What skills are needed to become a C++ Developer ?

  • C++
  • Software Development
  • Linux
  • Java
  • C
  • SQL
  • C#
  • Python
  • Agile Methodologies
  • JavaScript
  • Unix
  • XML
  • Programming
  • Git
  • Software Engineering
  • HTML
  • Visual Studio
  • Microsoft Office
  • Multithreading
  • Scrum
  • Microsoft SQL Server
  • Object-Oriented Design
  • MySQL
  • Databases
  • Matlab

C++ Developer courses

  • Programming 101: An Introduction to Python for Educators

    Explore the basics of Python Guided by the Raspberry Pi Foundation youll learn to code your first program Supported by Google

  • Programming 102: Think Like a Computer Scientist

    Take your Python skills further in this online course guided by the Raspberry Pi Foundation and supported by Google

  • Programming 103: Saving and Structuring Data

    Learn how to save and structure data in external files and import files back into your Python programs Supported by Google

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