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Working As An Assistant Programmer

  • Interacting With Computers
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems
  • Getting Information
  • Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Mostly Sitting

  • Repetitive

  • $69,000

    Average Salary

What Does An Assistant Programmer Do

Computer programmers write and test code that allows computer applications and software programs to function properly. They turn the program designs created by software developers and engineers into instructions that a computer can follow. In addition, programmers test newly created applications and programs to ensure that they produce the expected results. If they do not work correctly, computer programmers check the code for mistakes and fix them.

Duties

Computer programmers typically do the following:

  • Write programs in a variety of computer languages, such as C++ and Java
  • Update and expand existing programs
  • Test programs for errors and fix the faulty lines of computer code responsible
  • Create and test code in an integrated development environment (IDE)
  • Use code libraries, which are collections of independent lines of code, to simplify the writing

Programmers work closely with software developers, and in some businesses their duties overlap. When such overlap occurs, programmers can do work that is typical of developers, such as designing the program. Program design entails planning the software initially, creating models and flowcharts detailing how the code is to be written, writing and debugging code, and designing an application or systems interface. Programmers often use an IDE, which allows them to create, edit, and test code.

A program’s purpose determines the complexity of its computer code. For example, a weather application for a mobile device will require less programming than a social-networking application. Simpler programs can be written in less time. Complex programs, such as computer operating systems, can take a year or more to complete.

Software-as-a-service (SaaS), which consists of applications provided through the Internet, is a growing field. Although programmers typically need to rewrite their programs to work on different system platforms, such as Windows or OS X, applications created with SaaS work on all platforms. Accordingly, programmers writing SaaS applications may not have to rewrite as much code as other programmers do and can instead spend more time writing new programs.

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How To Become An Assistant Programmer

Most computer programmers have a bachelor’s degree in computer science or a related subject; however, some employers hire workers with an associate’s degree. Most programmers specialize in a few programming languages.

Education

Most computer programmers have a bachelor’s degree; however, some employers hire workers who have an associate’s degree. Most programmers get a degree in computer science or a related subject. Programmers who work in specific fields, such as healthcare or accounting, may take classes in that field to supplement their degree in computer programming. In addition, employers value experience, which many students gain through internships.

Most programmers learn a few computer languages while in school. However, a computer science degree gives students the skills needed to learn new computer languages easily. During their classes, students receive hands-on experience writing code, testing programs, fixing errors, and doing many other tasks that they will perform on the job.

To keep up with changing technology, computer programmers may take continuing education and professional development seminars to learn new programming languages or about upgrades to programming languages they already know.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

Programmers can become certified in specific programming languages or for vendor-specific programming products. Some companies require their computer programmers to be certified in the products they use.

Other Experience

Many students gain experience in computer programming by completing an internship at a software company while in college.

Advancement

Programmers who have general business experience may become computer systems analysts. With experience, some programmers may become software developers. They may also be promoted to managerial positions. For more information, see the profiles on computer systems analysts, software developers, and computer and information systems managers.

Important Qualities

Analytical skills. Computer programmers must understand complex instructions in order to create computer code.

Concentration. Programmers must be able to work at a computer, writing lines of code for long periods.

Detail oriented. Computer programmers must closely examine the code they write because a small mistake can affect the entire computer program.

Troubleshooting skills. An important part of a programmer’s job is to check the code for errors and fix any they find.

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Assistant Programmer Career Paths

Assistant Programmer
Programmer Consultant Information Technology Manager
Senior Information Technology Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Programmer Systems Analyst Information Technology Manager
Information Technology Operations Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Programmer Programmer Analyst Senior Software Engineer
Director Of Software Development
12 Yearsyrs
Programmer Analyst Project Manager Information Technology Director
Senior Director Of Information & Technology
14 Yearsyrs
Programmer Analyst Project Manager Development Manager
Senior Development Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Software Engineer Project Manager Information Technology Project Manager
Information Technology Infrastructure Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Software Engineer Senior Project Manager Information Technology Director
Director Of Information Technology Services
12 Yearsyrs
Software Engineer Systems Analyst
Information Systems Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Consultant Senior Programmer Analyst Manager Applications Development
Application Development Director
11 Yearsyrs
Consultant Information Technology Manager
Information Systems Director
8 Yearsyrs
Software Developer Systems Analyst Senior Programmer Analyst
Application Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Software Developer Business Analyst Information Technology Consultant
Information Technology Systems Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Software Developer Owner Co-Founder
Chief Technology Officer & Founder
9 Yearsyrs
Web Developer Senior Software Engineer Director Of Software Development
Vice President Of Software Engineering
13 Yearsyrs
Web Developer Senior Programmer Analyst Information Systems Manager
Director Of Information Services
9 Yearsyrs
Web Developer Quality Assurance Analyst Information Technology Analyst
Information Technology Supervisor, Information Technology
6 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Programmer Analyst 3.8 years
Senior Programmer 3.5 years
Lead Programmer 3.2 years
Programmer 2.5 years
Junior Programmer 1.8 years
Game Programmer 1.5 years
Top Careers Before Assistant Programmer
Internship 15.0%
Volunteer 4.8%
Consultant 4.1%
Secretary 4.1%
Officer 4.1%
Assistant 4.1%
Teacher 3.4%
Programmer 3.4%
Cashier 3.4%
Top Careers After Assistant Programmer
Programmer 13.7%
Consultant 8.1%
Volunteer 3.0%
Internship 3.0%
Manager 3.0%

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Assistant Programmer Demographics

Gender

Male

59.4%

Female

25.0%

Unknown

15.6%
Ethnicity

White

49.0%

Asian

21.3%

Hispanic or Latino

13.6%

Black or African American

9.8%

Unknown

6.3%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

37.9%

French

24.1%

Japanese

6.9%

Korean

6.9%

Italian

6.9%

Chinese

3.4%

German

3.4%

Russian

3.4%

Mandarin

3.4%

Arabic

3.4%
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Assistant Programmer Education

Schools

Northeastern University

7.4%

University of Pittsburgh -

7.4%

Texas Tech University

5.9%

University of Colorado at Boulder

5.9%

University of Phoenix

5.9%

University of Cincinnati

5.9%

University of Illinois University Administration

5.9%

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

4.4%

New York University

4.4%

Full Sail University

4.4%

University of California - Davis

4.4%

Pennsylvania State University

4.4%

Indiana University Bloomington

4.4%

Old Dominion University

4.4%

San Jose State University

4.4%

University of Washington

4.4%

University of Pennsylvania

4.4%

Illinois Institute of Technology

4.4%

University of Maryland - College Park

4.4%

University of Texas at Arlington

2.9%
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Majors

Computer Science

33.8%

Business

9.9%

Computer Applications

6.3%

Computer Engineering

6.0%

Information Systems

4.9%

Computer Information Systems

4.2%

Photography

3.9%

Computer Programming

3.9%

Communication

3.5%

Information Technology

2.8%

Finance

2.5%

Accounting

2.5%

English

2.1%

Psychology

2.1%

Management

2.1%

Mechanical Engineering

2.1%

Sociology

2.1%

Electrical Engineering

1.8%

Education

1.8%

Liberal Arts

1.8%
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Degrees

Bachelors

43.7%

Masters

29.0%

Other

14.7%

Associate

5.9%

Certificate

3.1%

Doctorate

2.0%

Diploma

1.5%
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Top Skills for An Assistant Programmer

  1. Data Entry
  2. Company Website
  3. Pl/Sql
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  • Position required cross-training for all data entry positions.
  • Managed and wrote custom client queries.Assisted in back end construction.Managed content and structure of company website.
  • Utilize ASP, HTML, JavaScript, Visual Basic and Microsoft Access to assist in the design and implementation related tools.
  • Worked on the Army s MDMS (Meter Data Management System) system in which I developed an ASP.net web service.
  • Developed data visualization platform for data from multiple social media sources like Twitter, using the D3 JavaScript framework

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