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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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Hispanic or Latino6.0%
Black or African American1.4%
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Texas A&M University7.1%
More Tech Institute7.1%
University of Maryland - University College4.8%
University of Richmond4.8%
Saint John's University - New York4.8%
Wayne State University4.8%
Wichita State University4.8%
Iowa State University4.8%
Johns Hopkins University4.8%
University of North Texas4.8%
University of Texas at Dallas4.8%
University of Bridgeport4.8%
University of Phoenix4.8%
University of Notre Dame4.8%
Fairleigh Dickinson University4.8%
George Mason University4.8%
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|Job Title||Company||Location||Start Date||Salary|
|Cognos Developer||Infogroup||Burlington, MA||Aug 30, 2016||$131,747|
|Cognos Developer||Norgate Technology||Tampa, FL||Oct 02, 2015||$125,220|
|Cognos Architech/Developer||Top5, Incorporated||Bethesda, MD||Mar 19, 2015||$123,219|
|Cognos Developer||Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Company||Charlotte, NC||Dec 05, 2016||$117,900|
|Cognos Developer||Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Company||Charlotte, NC||May 12, 2016||$117,900|
|Cognos Developer||Airlines Reporting Corporation||Arlington, VA||Nov 26, 2016||$116,969|
|Cognos Developer||Airlines Reporting Corporation||Arlington, VA||Jan 05, 2016||$116,969|
|Cognos Developer||Dataclarity Corporation||Raleigh, NC||Jun 27, 2016||$110,000|
|Cognos Developer||Genuine Parts Company||Atlanta, GA||Jul 11, 2016||$110,000|
|Cognos Developer||Computer Guidance Corporation||Scottsdale, AZ||Sep 15, 2016||$109,250|
|Cognos Developer||Infogroup Inc.||Pearl River, NY||Nov 18, 2016||$108,992|
|Risk Analytics Specialist, Cognos Developer||Citizens Financial Group, Inc.||Cranston, RI||May 01, 2016||$108,934|
|Cognos Developer||Populus Group LLC||Orlando, FL||Oct 05, 2015||$108,524|
|Cognos Developer .02)||Infogroup Inc.||Burlington, MA||Mar 12, 2015||$106,475|
|Cognos Developer||Ally Financial Inc.||Detroit, MI||Nov 04, 2016||$82,399|
|Cognos Developer||G3 Infotek Inc.||Lewisville, TX||Oct 14, 2015||$82,000|
|Cognos Developer||Independent Health Association, Inc.||Williamsville, NY||Aug 24, 2016||$82,000|
|Cognos Developer||Independent Health Association, Inc.||Williamsville, NY||Jul 13, 2016||$82,000|
|Programmer Analyst/Bi & Cognos Developer||Moxie It Solutions Inc.||Issaquah, WA||Sep 26, 2015||$82,000|
|Cognos Developer||G3 Infotek Inc.||Plano, TX||Oct 14, 2015||$82,000|
|Cognos Developer||American Unit, Inc.||Issaquah, WA||Jan 21, 2015||$81,432|
|Developer III-Cognos||Ferguson Enterprises, Inc.||Gainesville, FL||Feb 12, 2015||$80,891 -
|Cognos Developer||Vlink, Inc.||South Windsor, CT||Feb 08, 2016||$72,800|
|Cognos Developer||Vlink, Inc.||South Windsor, CT||Jul 20, 2015||$72,800|
|Cognos Developer||Vlink, Inc.||South Windsor, CT||Apr 01, 2016||$72,800|
|Cognos Developer||Vlink, Inc.||South Windsor, CT||Jul 25, 2016||$72,800|
|Program Analyst/Cognos Developer||AVCO Consulting Inc.||Worcester, MA||Sep 21, 2015||$72,322|
|Programmer Analyst/Cognos Developer||HSK Technologies Inc.||Amelia, OH||Jul 14, 2015||$72,000|
|Cognos Developer||Vensiti, Inc.||Irving, TX||Feb 05, 2015||$72,000|
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