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PowerShell in a Nut Shell

Windows PowerShell is a cross-platform automation software solution with many versions since its debut in 2006. This software runs on Windows, macOS, and Linux.

As one of the more modern solutions for task automation, it includes favorite features from almost all major shells. PowerShell is built on the .NET Common Language Runtime.  

As such, all PowerShell inputs and outputs are objects in the .NET family. This sets it apart from other shells that cannot accomplish this task. PowerShell is most widely-known for the command-line shell, script language, and management framework it provides.

This software allows developers, administrators, and engineers to do more with less code. This can help streamline processes and provide fewer opportunities for bugs. 

PowerShell is often used for cloud management, as well as the continuous integration (CI) and continuous deployment (CD) pipeline. Data types include boolean, double, decimal, object, integer, string, char, and byte.

With PowerShell, you can easily automate tasks for both Active Directory and Exchange functions. It’s common for system administrators to use PowerShell, but engineers and developers can also find value in this software.  

If you’re interested in learning more about Windows PowerShell and how you can incorporate it into your degree, the good news is that it’s an in-demand skill that can set you apart from your competition.

This is especially true if you are able to obtain a certification in PowerShell, which can go a long way in demonstrating your experience and may even land you the job you want. 

Careers with PowerShell

PowerShell can be integral to the following job titles: 

  • Software Developer
  • Mobile App Developer
  • Full Stack Developer
  • Software Architect
  • Associate Web Developer
  • Front End Developer

Most jobs that implement skill in PowerShell fall into one of three categories: scripting, engineering, and administration. When used in scripting applications, PowerShell allows developers to manipulate scripts in order to test them for the field. Engineers then take that script and streamline it in order to provide a tried-and-tested product for their customers.

They may also provide support in terms of troubleshooting any issues that arise. Administrators perform a similar function in that they manage client networks and provide general support when necessary. 

The field of software development is projected to grow 22% over the next eight years. As demand for web solutions grows, the critical need for security will increase the job openings available for developers and engineers skilled in PowerShell.

Over 1.8 million jobs were held by software developers in 2020, and the creation of and demand for filling more jobs in this field continues to accelerate. 

For most software developers, computer systems design is the biggest concentration. PowerShell falls into this category, along with many other similar applications.

Job duties can also include analyzing the customer’s needs and developing software to meet those needs; ensuring program functionality; implementing testing and document issues; and creating, developing, and auditing programs in real time. 

How Do I Learn PowerShell?

A solid basis in communication, interpersonal skills, problem-solving skills, creativity, and computer programming provides a foundation upon which prospective software engineers can build their knowledge.

There are many ways to gain the foundational skills required to learn PowerShell, each of them providing a unique experience. 

When it comes to working with PowerShell, the best teacher is experience. You can download PowerShell from your own Windows computer and develop a custom code. As with any programming language or tool, the best way to start learning PowerShell is to experiment with it to create solutions of your own. 

Internships in implementing PowerShell can really boost your resume when applying for jobs in this field, but an accredited degree program, and sometimes even a Master’s degree, is preferred. 

Students wishing to learn more about PowerShell should consider the Associate of Applied Science in Software Development or the Applied Bachelor’s Degree in Software Development – Web & Mobile App Development degree paths. We offer a number of Windows PowerShell courses in our software development programs to establish knowledge of PowerShell and unlock the opportunity to learn even more advanced techniques in the future. 

These degrees will not only set you apart from your peers when it comes time to apply and interview, but it can also give you the experience and tools you need to excel on the job. CIAT offers students the hands-on experience and personalized instruction they need to not only earn their degree, but obtain certifications and build their portfolio along the way. 

How to Land a Position in Software Development

Employers looking to hire developers nowadays look for a robust coding portfolio to demonstrate their skills and certifications for various development platforms. Knowledge of Windows PowerShell can enrich a career in software development. 

Windows PowerShell courses include task automation, manipulating data, security implementation, as well as some of the basic functions you’ll find necessary to succeeding in this software.

After taking these courses, you will be ready to learn more about complex scripts and filters, debugging, asynchronous processing, desired state configuration, and many error-handling techniques.

Those skills you developed in terms of problem-solving and creativity will help you to tackle real-world challenges using PowerShell, along with the many programming languages it’s associated with.  

Take the first step.

Building a strong coding portfolio takes hard work and dedication. Whether you’re just starting in the field or advancing your career, learning how to create an education plan that aligns with your career goals saves you time and money. This also delivers the most significant return on your investment.

Career Planning

You’ve chosen an education plan with a goal in mind, and now you’re focused on making the most of your educational resources to ensure you’re setting yourself up for success in the job market. The most impactful recommendation we give to all new CIAT students in the tech field is not to wait until graduation to start their IT career planning. When you begin your career planning steps from day 1 of your program, you graduate career-ready and are more likely to find your first job quickly, with competitive salary ranges.

Let us help you achieve your career goals.

When landing your dream job, CIAT supports its students every step of the way – ensuring you graduate with more than just a degree. Our IT career services team focuses on both your professional and personal development to help prepare you for a career in web development, mobile app developmentinformation technology, cybersecurity, networking, and more.

Get certified, earn your degree, and start your path to a new career with:

  • Personalized career coaching
  • Industry certification workshops
  • Resume building
  • LinkedIn profile optimization
  • Mock interview practice
  • Job placement support
  • Dedicated job board
  • Specialty career-building workshops
  • Technology career fairs and employer “meet and greets”
  • Work study and volunteer opportunities

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