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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

  • $69,000

    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
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
Programmer Consultant Information Technology Project Manager
Information Technology Infrastructure Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Programmer Network Administrator
Information Systems Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Programmer Network Administrator Information Systems Manager
Information Systems Director
8 Yearsyrs
Software Engineer Project Manager Information Technology Director
Director Of Information Technology Services
12 Yearsyrs
Software Engineer Senior Software Engineer Chief Technology Officer
President & Chief Technology Officer
13 Yearsyrs
Software Engineer Senior Programmer Analyst Manager Applications Development
Application Development Director
11 Yearsyrs
Consultant Information Technology Consultant
Information Technology Systems Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Consultant Information Technology Manager
Information Technology Development Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Systems Analyst Owner Co-Founder
Chief Technology Officer & Founder
9 Yearsyrs
Systems Analyst Information Technology Manager Information Technology Director
Director Of Infrastructure Operations
13 Yearsyrs
Systems Analyst Systems Administrator Information Technology Manager
Director, Applications
12 Yearsyrs
Systems Programmer Senior Software Engineer Director Of Software Development
Vice President Of Software Engineering
13 Yearsyrs
Systems Programmer Senior Programmer Analyst Information Systems Manager
Director Of Information Services
9 Yearsyrs
Systems Programmer Systems Engineer Information Technology Analyst
Information Technology Supervisor, Information Technology
6 Yearsyrs
Software Developer Senior Programmer Analyst Manager Applications Development
Vice President Of Application Development
11 Yearsyrs
Software Developer Technical Consultant Senior Technical Consultant
Vice President, Technology
11 Yearsyrs
Software Developer Information Technology Consultant Information Technology Operations Manager
Manager Information Technology Applications
11 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Staff Programmer 4.7 years
Programmer Analyst 3.8 years
Senior Programmer 3.5 years
Lead Programmer 3.2 years
Programmer 2.5 years
Junior Programmer 1.8 years
Top Careers Before Associate Programmer
Internship 15.4%
Programmer 14.3%
Trainee 4.4%
Assistant 3.8%
Volunteer 2.2%
Developer 2.2%
Top Careers After Associate Programmer
Programmer 10.1%
Consultant 5.9%
Developer 2.4%

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Average Yearly Salary
$69,000
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$51,000
Min 10%
$69,000
Median 50%
$69,000
Median 50%
$69,000
Median 50%
$69,000
Median 50%
$69,000
Median 50%
$69,000
Median 50%
$69,000
Median 50%
$92,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
Summit Security Services
Highest Paying City
San Jose, CA
Highest Paying State
Washington
Avg Experience Level
2.5 years
How much does an Associate Programmer make at top companies?
The national average salary for an Associate Programmer in the United States is $69,154 per year or $33 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $51,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $92,000.

Real Associate Programmer Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Programmer/Quantitative Associate The Carlyle Group Employee Company, LLC New York, NY Jan 01, 2013 $150,000
Associate, Programmer KCG Americas LLC Jersey City, NJ Sep 16, 2014 $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 Sep 01, 2015 $75,000 -
$93,370
Associate Statistical Programmer Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals, Inc. Ridgefield, CT Oct 16, 2015 $75,000 -
$95,370
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 Triniti Corporation San Jose, CA Aug 01, 2015 $60,000

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Top Skills for An Associate Programmer

  1. Database
  2. Pl/Sql
  3. Web Application
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Integrated database in Oracle for department laboratory within the company mainframe.
  • Incorporated PL/SQL commands to extract desired fields that would be used to build the new system.
  • Full stack development of a web application that provides electronic patient registration and document management to clinics and hospitals.
  • Performed programming and maintenance to Application Development's Counter Automation system and Acu-Cobol application, including system updates and Y2K compliance.
  • Developed Graphical User Interfaces using HTML, XML and JSP's for user interaction and CSS for styling.

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Top 10 Best States for Associate Programmers

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  2. North Carolina
  3. Connecticut
  4. Washington
  5. Colorado
  6. Virginia
  7. Massachusetts
  8. Georgia
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Associate Programmer Demographics

Gender

Male

55.2%

Female

31.9%

Unknown

12.9%
Ethnicity

White

53.8%

Asian

20.1%

Black or African American

11.5%

Hispanic or Latino

10.4%

Unknown

4.2%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

French

24.1%

Spanish

17.2%

Arabic

10.3%

German

6.9%

Italian

6.9%

Nepali

3.4%

Chinese

3.4%

Macedonian

3.4%

Albanian

3.4%

Vietnamese

3.4%

Greek

3.4%

Burmese

3.4%

Hindi

3.4%

Russian

3.4%

Thai

3.4%
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Associate Programmer Education

Schools

Prairie View A & M University

20.7%

North Carolina State University

7.2%

New York University

7.2%

University of Texas at El Paso

6.3%

University of Phoenix

4.5%

University of Cincinnati

4.5%

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

4.5%

Florida Atlantic University

4.5%

Syracuse University

3.6%

Temple University

3.6%

Marist College

3.6%

DePaul University

3.6%

Texas A&M University

3.6%

New Jersey Institute of Technology

3.6%

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

3.6%

Pace University - New York

3.6%

Northern Illinois University

3.6%

Illinois State University

2.7%

University of Florida

2.7%

San Jose State University

2.7%
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Majors

Computer Science

33.2%

Business

9.1%

Computer Engineering

8.6%

Computer Information Systems

8.4%

Information Systems

5.4%

Information Technology

4.4%

Electrical Engineering

4.2%

Computer Programming

3.7%

Mathematics

3.7%

Management Information Systems

2.5%

English

2.2%

Engineering

2.2%

Economics

2.0%

Computer Applications

2.0%

Management Science

1.7%

Finance

1.7%

Accounting

1.5%

Education

1.2%

Management

1.2%

Biostatistics

1.2%
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Degrees

Bachelors

45.1%

Masters

30.4%

Other

10.4%

Associate

7.2%

Certificate

2.9%

Doctorate

2.9%

Diploma

1.1%
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