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Working As An Associate 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

  • $68,895

    Average Salary

What Does An Associate 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 Associate 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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Associate Programmer Career Paths

Associate Programmer
Software Developer Senior Programmer Analyst
Application Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Clinical Statistical Programmer Senior Programmer Business Systems Senior Analyst
Business Systems Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Programmer Senior Software Engineer
Chief Technology Officer
11 Yearsyrs
Systems Programmer Systems Administrator Data Analyst
Data Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Senior Programmer Senior Consultant Information Technology Director
Director Of Infrastructure Operations
13 Yearsyrs
Software Engineer Senior Software Engineer
Director Of Software Development
12 Yearsyrs
Software Developer Business Analyst Information Technology Manager
Director Of Technology And Services
11 Yearsyrs
Senior Programmer Senior Programmer Analyst Information Technology Manager
Director, Applications
12 Yearsyrs
Senior Software Engineer Technical Consultant Network Administrator
Information Systems Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Programmer Analyst Systems Analyst Systems Administrator
Information Technology Director
10 Yearsyrs
Software Engineer Systems Engineer Information Technology Manager
Information Technology Operations Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Senior Systems Analyst Systems Manager MIS Manager
MIS Director
6 Yearsyrs
Senior Software Engineer Project Leader Business Analyst
Product Owner
9 Yearsyrs
Programmer Analyst Systems Engineer Information Technology Manager
Senior Information Technology Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Systems Analyst Data Analyst SAS Programmer
Senior Programmer
5 Yearsyrs
Programmer Systems Analyst
Senior Programmer Analyst
7 Yearsyrs
Systems Analyst Network Engineer Systems Engineer
Systems Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Senior Programmer Analyst Lead Technician
Technical Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Senior Programmer Analyst Senior Consultant Information Technology Manager
Vice President Of Information Technology
12 Yearsyrs
Systems Programmer Senior Systems Engineer Information Technology Director
Vice President, Technology
11 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Staff Programmer 5.2 years
Programmer Analyst 3.8 years
Senior Programmer 3.4 years
Lead Programmer 3.1 years
Programmer 2.6 years
Junior Programmer 1.8 years
Top Careers Before Associate Programmer
Internship 14.6%
Programmer 11.7%
Trainee 3.9%
Developer 3.9%
Secretary 2.9%
Consultant 2.9%
Lecturer 1.9%
Top Careers After Associate Programmer
Programmer 9.7%
Consultant 5.4%

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Associate Programmer Demographics

Gender

Male

60.6%

Female

34.8%

Unknown

4.5%
Ethnicity

White

53.8%

Asian

20.7%

Black or African American

10.9%

Hispanic or Latino

9.9%

Unknown

4.7%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

French

23.8%

Arabic

14.3%

German

9.5%

Spanish

9.5%

Italian

9.5%

Nepali

4.8%

Chinese

4.8%

Macedonian

4.8%

Albanian

4.8%

Greek

4.8%

Hindi

4.8%

Russian

4.8%
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Associate Programmer Education

Schools

Prairie View A & M University

12.5%

North Carolina State University

10.9%

Marist College

6.3%

Syracuse University

4.7%

Temple University

4.7%

DePaul University

4.7%

University of California - Los Angeles

4.7%

University of Texas at El Paso

4.7%

University of Cincinnati

4.7%

New Jersey Institute of Technology

4.7%

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

4.7%

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

4.7%

Florida Atlantic University

4.7%

Northern Illinois University

4.7%

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

3.1%

Regis University

3.1%

Illinois State University

3.1%

San Jose State University

3.1%

University of St. Thomas (Minnesota)

3.1%

State University of New York Albany

3.1%
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Majors

Computer Science

32.1%

Computer Information Systems

9.9%

Business

9.1%

Computer Engineering

6.7%

Electrical Engineering

5.2%

Information Technology

4.8%

Information Systems

4.8%

Mathematics

4.0%

Computer Programming

3.6%

Management Information Systems

2.8%

Management Science

2.4%

Engineering

2.4%

Management

2.0%

English

2.0%

Finance

1.6%

Accounting

1.6%

Economics

1.6%

Nursing

1.2%

International Relations

1.2%

Chemistry

1.2%
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Degrees

Bachelors

43.9%

Masters

30.1%

Other

12.5%

Associate

6.6%

Doctorate

3.0%

Certificate

2.4%

Diploma

1.5%
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Real Associate Programmer Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Associate, Programmer KCG Americas LLC Jersey City, NJ Sep 16, 2014 $150,000
Programmer/Quantitative Associate The Carlyle Group Employee Company, LLC New York, NY Jan 01, 2013 $150,000
Programmer Associate (Client Services) Arxis Securities LLC New York, NY Apr 20, 2016 $140,000
Programmer Associate (Client Services) Arxis Securities LLC New York, NY Feb 05, 2016 $140,000
Associate Algorithmic Trading Programmer Summit Securities Group LLC New York, NY Apr 26, 2016 $111,115
Programmer/Associate Mitsubishi UFJ Securities (USA), Inc. New York, NY Apr 13, 2015 $110,000
Associate Statistical Programmer Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals, Inc. Ridgefield, CT Oct 01, 2011 $107,277
Associate Principal Programmer Merck Sharp & Dohme Corp Rahway, NJ Jan 06, 2016 $100,422
Associate Programmer Nomura America Services, LLC New York, NY Aug 22, 2011 $100,000
Associate, Programmer Knight Capital Americas Jersey City, NJ Jun 09, 2011 $95,000
Associate Principal Programmer Merck Sharp & Dohme Corp, . Rahway, NJ Mar 01, 2015 $92,082
Associate/Programmer Tritek Solutions, Inc. Annandale, VA Sep 17, 2012 $90,000
Associate Principal Programmer Premier Research International, LLC. Quincy, MA Jan 20, 2016 $88,691
Associate Statistical Programmer Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals, Inc. Ridgefield, CT Oct 16, 2015 $75,000 -
$95,370
Associate Statistical Programmer Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals, Inc. Ridgefield, CT Sep 01, 2015 $75,000 -
$93,370
Associate Principal Programmer, Statistical Programming Merck Sharp & Dohme Corp. North Wales, PA Apr 01, 2016 $71,573
Associate Principal Programmer, Statistical Programming Merck Sharp & Dohme Corp. North Wales, PA Aug 24, 2015 $71,573
New Associate Programmer Associate Goldman Sachs New Jersey L.L.C. New York, NY Jul 15, 2012 $70,000
Associate Programmer Yocto Soft LLC New Brunswick, NJ Sep 01, 2014 $69,742
Associate Principal Programmer Premier Research Group Limited Carrollton, TX Jul 29, 2013 $69,700
Associate Programmer DFS Corporate Services LLC Riverwoods, IL Nov 23, 2012 $68,765 -
$85,000
Associate Programmer IBM India Private Limited Southfield, MI Dec 06, 2011 $61,050 -
$67,035
Associate Programmer United Solutions LLC Rockville, MD Jun 09, 2016 $60,195
Associate Programmer Gowork Solutions, Inc. Center, PA Jul 15, 2015 $60,000
Associate Programmer Triniti Corporation San Jose, CA Aug 01, 2015 $60,000

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Top Skills for An Associate Programmer

  1. Database Tables
  2. Pl/Sql
  3. Web
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  • Experience tuning and designing database tables, Stored Procedures, Functions and Triggers in Oracle.
  • Incorporated PL/SQL commands to extract desired fields that would be used to build the new system.
  • Modified web pages incorporating advertisement products into customer web sites.
  • Developed, tested and implemented a variety of COBOL programs for use with Target Marketing promotions.
  • Developed and supported in-house mainframe software.

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