What is a .Net Developer?
.Net developers are software engineers and coders who create applications using the .Net framework, a library of code and components that runs on Windows, Linux, or macOS. They also use languages like C#, C++, VB.NET, and F#, as well as other tools such as Visual Studio to develop their applications. They are responsible for writing code, debugging applications, implementing, and testing software to ensure that it functions as expected while simultaneously working to improve speed and security.
To create powerful applications that meet customer needs, .Net Developers should also have a comprehensive understanding of user interface design principles, database design principles, and networking concepts.
Are you a job seeker?
of job openings
and apply online
Average Salary and Compensation
.Net developer salaries vary by experience, industry, organization size, and geography. To explore salary ranges by local market, please visit our sister site zengig.com.
The average U.S. salary for a .Net Developer is:
.Net Developer Descriptions
It’s important to include the right content in your job description when hiring a .Net developer. The following examples can serve as templates for attracting the best available talent for your team.
Our productivity suite helps clients manage and grow their businesses across the country. Right now, we’re looking for passionate and capable .NET developers to provide even better applications to our clients in the future. Specifically, we’re looking for someone who is comfortable coding in C# for current and future projects, as well as a contributor to our design and planning sessions.
In this role, you’ll be expected to build efficient, integrated applications and programs in a collaborative environment to provide customer growth and technical innovation. If this sounds like what you’re looking for, we’d love to hear from you!
Typical duties and responsibilities
- Write and maintain C# code
- Participate in start-to-finish software development cycles
- Apply Agile methodology to projects
- Contribute to architectural discussions
- Perform code debugging, reviews, and updates using best practices
- Help maintain code integrity, quality, and reusability
- Identify and resolve bottlenecks, inefficiencies, and responsiveness issues
Education and experience
- Bachelor’s degree in computer science, computer programming, or related IT field
- Minimum 5 years programmer or developer experience
Required skills and qualifications
- Knowledge of various coding languages (PHP, Java, C+)
- Ability to write clean, efficient code
- Proficiency with the Microsoft Office suite
- Ability to work in both a collaborative and independent environment
- Scrum certification
- Familiarity with VisualStudio.net, TypeScript, Amazon CDK for AWS Cloud Development, and others
- Current understanding of testing frameworks (Unity Test Framework, NUnit, xUnit.Net, and others)
- Current understanding of GiT and AzureDevOps
- Current understanding of UI design tools
- Strong written and verbal communication skills
- Previous experience working with management and clients
- Ability to provide complex concepts in succinct, digestible formats
- Exceptional problem solving and analytical skills
.Net developer responsibilities:
- Debugging and maintaining written code
- Working in a project team alongside other developers
- Reporting on project statuses and developments
- Design, write, and maintain coding
.Net developer requirements:
- Around 5+ years experience in T-SQL or PL-SQL
- Experience with Azure development a plus, including but not limited to Functions, Service bus, and App services
- Development experience in a myriad of windows applications including WinForms,
Windows services, .net Api’s, MVC web applications, WPF applications, and more
- Write and execute test cases/scripts; providing daily updates using ALM, JIRA, and other tools
- Modify data by maintenance or executing transactions to create a scenario that fulfills testing requirements
- Strong understanding of common software failures and faults and best practices
- Regularly set up and host regular conference meetings between the relevant developer and project management teams to keep projects on track and within budget
- Develop final project write-ups and documentation (technical and user)
- Strong oral and written communication skills
- Ability to think quickly, adapt as situations change, and make the best possible decisions with the information at hand
- Be a great team player and work well in a group
- Natural leadership traits and an ability to complete work on schedule with accuracy and efficiency
- Strong time management skills, able to juggle numerous tasks simultaneously to meet project deadlines
- Ideal candidates will have some familiarity with QA fundamentals and automated testing processes (ALM, JIRA, QTP, Agile, etc.) preferred
- Bachelor’s degree preferred
- Provide technical application support for client-server, web, and cloud-based applications
- Diagnose and resolve technical issues in highly interconnected and integrated enterprise applications
- Work directly with technical and non-technical customers
- Develop, test, and deploy enhancements to existing systems while working with key customers, other team members, and management
- Gather software application requirements through interactions with business users
- Collaborate with business analyst team members to identify gaps and dependencies in requirements across applications and departments
- Manage and communicate requirements throughout the software development lifecycle, including requirements prioritization, requirements changes, and conflict resolution
- Support the organization during UA Testing to ensure solutions meet the business requirements and help determine the most appropriate actions to address problems identified through project testing or other assessment efforts
- Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science or a similar degree or 4 years of experience may be considered in lieu of a degree
- 2+ years of experience working on a support or development team
- Development experience with C# and .Net
- Experience with SQL Server or Oracle is a must
- Experience with Python is preferred
- Experience with Transact-SQL or PL/SQL is a must
- Experience with ServiceNOW (SNOW)
- Must have experience in analyzing, developing, testing, and deploying software solutions
- Strong communication (written and oral), documentation skills, and interpersonal skills
- Ability to work in a fast-paced environment and perform duties without direct supervision
- Possess the ability to work in a team environment and collaborate with others
- Excellent time management skills with the ability to prioritize and coordinate multiple tasks to ensure project deadlines are met
- Proficiency with the entire Microsoft Office Suite
Candidate Certifications to Look For
- Exam 70-483: Programming in C# – This Microsoft certification carries global recognition and respect. After successfully completing the exam, candidates will show employers that they have excellent technical skills and the exceptional handling needed to perform the job of a C# developer. There are plenty of resources available to prepare, and a course can be taken as well to further prepare candidates for the exam.
- Udemy Basic C# Course – This Udemy course will provide candidates with a foundational understanding of C# as well as the .NET framework. This course will teach them primitive and non-primitive data types, control flow, arrays, lists, and expressions. They’ll become more familiar with .NET application architecture, Resharper, Visual Studio essentials, and CLR as well. On top of all that, candidates will also learn basic debugging and testing of applications.
- KnowledgeHut C# Certification Course – This certification will walk candidates through the advanced methods and operations available within the .NET framework. They’ll learn a wide variety of tools and methods for creating clean, efficient code, as well as better utilizing libraries, DLR, and encryption. These instructor-led courses will further boost their understanding and mastery of C#.
- C# Programming Specialization Certification Course – Coursera’s five-course series, from beginner to mastery, is for entry-level participants that wish to get a basic grasp of the language at their own pace. It’s available in a few different languages and can be taken in sections. Each course has its own syllabus and timeframe for completion.
How to Hire a .Net Developer
There are a number of initial considerations when hiring a .Net developer:
- Recruiting: Do you have the internal resources and tools to successfully source and recruit for this role?
- Complexity: Does your project require a senior professional, or is a mid- or junior-level developer sufficient?
- Duration: Is this a one-time project or a permanent requirement?
- Management: Do you have the time and expertise to direct the development effort effectively?
- Urgency: How time-sensitive is this need? What happens if it remains unfilled?
- Headcount: Do you have room on your team for a new W2 employee, or should you consider alternate options?
Answering these questions will help determine the best course of action for your current hiring need. Fortunately, great options exist for every scenario. When hiring a .Net developer, we recommend the following options.
1. Use 4 Corner Resources (or another professional recruiting firm)
The heavy lifting is done for you when working with a top-tier staffing company like 4 Corner Resources. We source, screen, recruit, and deliver only the most qualified candidate(s), saving you significant time and effort throughout the hiring process while you remain focused on your core business. Understanding your needs and ensuring the right candidate for the position is the key to our success.
This is the best route to take when:
- You need to fill the position quickly
- You want access to a vast talent pool of high-quality, prescreened candidates
- Your position is suited for temporary hiring services, contract staffing, or contract-to-hire recruiting, and you intend to direct the work activity.
- You are hiring an employee as a direct placement but aren’t able to recruit effectively or efficiently with your internal staff.
- You aren’t familiar with current salary rates, market trends, and available skill sets
2. Hire an experienced freelancer
The freelance, or gig, economy continues to grow, with more talent available daily. Freelancers provide high-quality work without a long-term commitment. They can offer you a fresh perspective, more flexibility, and increase efficiency. While the freelance market isn’t ideal for every position, .Net developers are often a great fit.
We recommend this option when:
- Your need is project-based
- The work can be performed remotely
- You do not intend to direct the daily work activity
- You are hiring for expertise your internal team does not possess
- You do not require an employee to work onsite or follow a specific schedule
We recommend using either Toptal, Upwork, or both.
Toptal is an exclusive network of the top freelance software developers, designers, finance experts, product managers, and project managers in the world. Toptal vets its freelancers before making them accessible, ensuring their legitimacy. Top companies hire Toptal freelancers for their most important projects. Hiring a .Net developer on Toptal can help you quickly get the results you need.
Upwork is a freelance talent network that helps individuals connect with experts in a variety of fields to accomplish project-based needs. When you have a specific, well-defined goal in mind, this can be a great path to hiring an experienced .Net developer. If you are satisfied with the outcome you can continue to book the same freelancer through Upwork’s easy-to-use project interface.
3. Advertise your opening on a top job board
Your best option may be to advertise your opening on a proven job board. There are many widely used job sites out there that draw visits from qualified candidates. If you have someone internally who can dedicate the time and energy to sort through applications and screen individuals effectively, this can be a great choice.
We recommend using a job board when:
- Your internal recruiting team has the knowledge and experience to assess candidate qualifications
- You are hiring a direct employee and have time to manage the entire recruiting effort
- You have a process for receiving, screening, and tracking all resumes and applications
- You are prepared to respond to all applicants
We recommend CareerBuilder for .Net developer openings:
CareerBuilder has been a trusted source for hiring since 1995. Reach 80+ million unique, diverse U.S. job seekers annually by posting your jobs through their talent acquisition channels. Through CareerBuilder, you can engage candidates and drive them into your sourcing pipeline. We recommend using CareerBuilder for hiring when you have the internal resources and processes to review, screen, and reply to all applicants.
4. Leverage your internal resources
You can utilize your own website, social media, and employees to assist in your search for top candidates.
A company website posting should be the first step in notifying prospective candidates that you are hiring. Social media can also be a powerful tool for spreading the word about your new opening. As far as exposure is concerned, this option can be as good as some job boards when you have a large enough following across various platforms, like LinkedIn, Instagram, Facebook, TikTok, and Twitter.
Current employees are every organization’s greatest asset. Encourage your internal team to promote job openings to their network by offering cash and other incentives.
We recommend these options when:
- Your brand has great name recognition
- You can consistently monitor and respond to candidate activity through your website and social media accounts
- You have a process in place to quickly and broadly communicate job openings and requirements
- You have an effective employee referral program in place
If you aren’t sure which path is best, schedule a discovery call today with our seasoned recruiting professionals. The 4 Corner team is on standby to help you find the best option for your unique hiring need.
Sample Interview Questions
- Describe your experience with ASP.NET, WPF, WCF, or MVC.
- What is a namespace and how is it used?
- What’s a constructor?
- Where is the GAC location?
- Why are C# strings immutable?
- How would you prevent a class from being inherited?
- What’s a singleton?
- Can you explain boxing?
- What’s the difference between public, static, and void?
- Can you explain serialization?
- What would be the difference between constants and read-only?
- Can you explain and provide an example of an interface class?
- What is method overloading?
- Would you be able to override a private virtual method?
- Can you explain the difference between System.String and System.Text.StringBuilder classes?
- Can you explain what circular references are?
- Can you explain what an object pool is, within the context of .NET?
- Why wouldn’t you be able to specify the accessibility modifier for methods inside the interface?