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Working As A Contract 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

  • $74,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Contract 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 A Contract 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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Contract Programmer Career Paths

Contract Programmer
Senior Software Engineer Team Leader Project Manager
Service Delivery Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Senior Software Engineer Project Manager Information Technology Director
Senior Director Of Information & Technology
14 Yearsyrs
Senior Software Engineer Software Development Manager
Director Of Software Development
12 Yearsyrs
Senior Programmer Analyst Project Manager Development Manager
Senior Development Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Senior Programmer Analyst Project Leader Information Technology Project Manager
Information Technology Infrastructure Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Senior Programmer Analyst Information Technology Manager Information Technology Director
Director Of Information Technology Services
12 Yearsyrs
Software Engineer Systems Analyst
Systems Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Software Engineer Analyst Systems Analyst
Information Systems Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Software Engineer Systems Analyst Information Systems Manager
Information Systems Director
8 Yearsyrs
Consultant Information Technology Manager Chief Technology Officer
President & Chief Technology Officer
13 Yearsyrs
Consultant Project Leader Manager Applications Development
Application Development Director
11 Yearsyrs
Consultant Information Technology Consultant
Information Technology Systems Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Senior Programmer Senior Consultant Information Technology Manager
Information Technology Development Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Software Developer Owner Co-Founder
Chief Technology Officer & Founder
9 Yearsyrs
Senior Programmer Senior Project Manager Director Of Software Development
Vice President Of Software Engineering
13 Yearsyrs
Senior Programmer Senior Systems Analyst Information Systems Manager
Director Of Information Services
9 Yearsyrs
Software Developer Senior Systems Analyst Application Manager
Director, Applications
12 Yearsyrs
Applications Developer Manager Applications Development Application Development Director
Vice President Of Application Development
11 Yearsyrs
Software Developer Information Technology Consultant Information Technology Analyst
Information Technology Supervisor, Information Technology
6 Yearsyrs
Applications 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 Contract Programmer
Programmer 16.9%
Consultant 4.7%
Developer 1.8%
Top Careers After Contract Programmer
Programmer 10.0%
Consultant 7.7%
Developer 3.4%
Owner 2.1%

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Top Skills for A Contract Programmer

  1. SQL
  2. Cobol
  3. Web Application
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Created new C#.net application that automated creating, printing and emailing Excel reports from SQL server for medical department.
  • Developed and maintained thousands of COBOL and CICS programs in support of the Claims Processing System (CPS).
  • Contracted for re-design of web application built on deprecated technologies and a limited server environment.
  • Supported MS Access and MS SQL databases, Visual Basic 6.0 and .Net, Windows XP, 2000, and 98.
  • Populate DB2 database using Visual Age-generated C++ function calls for in-house analysis of Lotus Notes event log and server performance data.

Contract Programmer Demographics

Gender

Male

78.7%

Female

15.2%

Unknown

6.0%
Ethnicity

White

63.7%

Hispanic or Latino

12.4%

Black or African American

11.2%

Asian

8.9%

Unknown

3.7%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

33.3%

Japanese

16.7%

Carrier

16.7%

Chinese

5.6%

Vietnamese

5.6%

German

5.6%

Persian

5.6%

Cherokee

5.6%

Korean

5.6%
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Contract Programmer Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

10.2%

University of Houston

8.9%

University of Texas at Arlington

6.4%

Texas A&M University

5.7%

University of Oklahoma

5.7%

North Carolina State University

5.1%

Texas State University

5.1%

University of Memphis

5.1%

Michigan State University

4.5%

Southern Polytechnic State University

4.5%

Northeastern University

4.5%

University of Alabama

3.8%

Ferris State University

3.8%

Pennsylvania State University

3.8%

Georgia State University

3.8%

University of Texas at Austin

3.8%

More Tech Institute

3.8%

University of Delaware

3.8%

Northern Illinois University

3.8%

Washington State University

3.8%
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Majors

Computer Science

37.8%

Business

13.3%

Computer Information Systems

6.9%

Mathematics

5.3%

Electrical Engineering

5.1%

Computer Programming

5.0%

Management Information Systems

3.4%

Computer Engineering

3.4%

Information Systems

2.7%

Management

2.3%

Accounting

2.3%

Information Technology

2.2%

Data Processing

1.7%

Education

1.5%

Physics

1.5%

Mechanical Engineering

1.2%

Computer Technical Support

1.2%

Engineering

1.2%

Finance

1.1%

Information Sciences

1.1%
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Degrees

Bachelors

49.2%

Other

16.7%

Masters

16.5%

Associate

11.9%

Certificate

3.0%

Doctorate

2.0%

Diploma

0.6%
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