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Working As An Information Technology 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

  • $77,000

    Average Salary

What Does An Information Technology 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 Information Technology 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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Information Technology Programmer Career Paths

Information Technology Programmer
Information Technology Manager
Information Technology Operations Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Information Technology Manager Information Technology Director
Senior Director Of Information & Technology
14 Yearsyrs
Information Technology Manager Project Manager Development Manager
Senior Development Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Senior Software Engineer
Director Of Software Development
12 Yearsyrs
Senior Software Engineer Project Manager Information Technology Director
Director Of Information Technology Services
12 Yearsyrs
Senior Software Engineer Chief Technology Officer
President & Chief Technology Officer
13 Yearsyrs
Senior Programmer Analyst Manager Applications Development
Application Development Director
11 Yearsyrs
Senior Programmer Analyst Senior Systems Analyst
Systems Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Senior Programmer Analyst Project Leader Senior Project Manager
Information Systems Director
8 Yearsyrs
Information Technology Project Manager Owner Co-Founder
Chief Technology Officer & Founder
9 Yearsyrs
Information Technology Project Manager Senior Project Manager Director Of Software Development
Vice President Of Software Engineering
13 Yearsyrs
Information Technology Project Manager Senior Project Manager Information Systems Director
Director Of Information Services
9 Yearsyrs
Senior Programmer Senior Systems Analyst
Information Systems Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Senior Programmer Senior Systems Analyst Senior System Administrator
Information Technology Systems Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Senior Programmer Senior Systems Engineer Senior Applications Engineer
Application Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Senior Manager Senior Information Technology Manager
Director, Applications
12 Yearsyrs
Lead Developer Manager Applications Development Application Development Director
Vice President Of Application Development
11 Yearsyrs
Lead Developer Senior Technician Specialist Senior System Administrator
Information Technology Supervisor, Information Technology
6 Yearsyrs
Lead Developer Development Manager Software Development Manager
Information Technology Development Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Information Technology Senior Analyst Senior Systems Engineer Information Technology Operations Manager
Manager Information Technology Applications
11 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Programmer Analyst 3.8 years
Senior Programmer 3.5 years
Lead Programmer 3.2 years
Systems Developer 3.1 years
Programmer 2.5 years
Junior Programmer 1.8 years
Top Careers Before Information Technology Programmer
Programmer 14.9%
Consultant 5.8%
Internship 4.8%
Technician 3.2%
Top Careers After Information Technology Programmer
Consultant 6.9%
Programmer 6.8%
Specialist 3.7%

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Average Yearly Salary
$77,000
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$55,000
Min 10%
$77,000
Median 50%
$77,000
Median 50%
$77,000
Median 50%
$77,000
Median 50%
$77,000
Median 50%
$77,000
Median 50%
$77,000
Median 50%
$108,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
Riverbed Technology
Highest Paying City
Palo Alto, CA
Highest Paying State
Washington
Avg Experience Level
3.4 years
How much does an Information Technology Programmer make at top companies?
The national average salary for an Information Technology Programmer in the United States is $77,905 per year or $37 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $55,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $109,000.

Real Information Technology Programmer Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Senior IT Applications Programmer Precision Management Group, Inc. Mayfield, OH Oct 13, 2016 $162,786
IT Programmer Analyst-Senior Lazard Freres & Co. LLC New York, NY Jan 12, 2015 $145,000
Senior IT Programmer Analyst Riverbed Technology, Inc. San Francisco, CA Jan 21, 2015 $131,269 -
$146,001
IT Programmer Analyst (Computer Programmer) Safeway Inc. Pleasanton, CA Apr 25, 2016 $125,620
IT Technical Programmer Analyst Hitachi Data Systems Corporation Santa Clara, CA Jul 01, 2016 $125,000 -
$130,000
IT Programmer Analyst (Software Applications) Safeway Inc. Phoenix, AZ Oct 09, 2016 $125,000
IT Technical Programmer Analyst Hitachi Data Systems Corporation Santa Clara, CA Jan 20, 2016 $125,000 -
$130,000
IT Programmer Analyst Principal Nextera Energy Resources, LLC Juno Beach, FL Apr 15, 2016 $119,850
Senior IT Applications Programmer Precision Management Group, Inc. Mayfield, OH Aug 29, 2016 $116,872
Senior IT Applications Programmer Precision Management Group, Inc. Mayfield, OH Dec 05, 2016 $116,663
SR. IT Hyperion Programmer Analyst NRG Energy, Inc. Princeton, NJ Dec 20, 2016 $116,150
IT Programmer Analyst Senior Gexa Energy LP Houston, TX May 20, 2016 $116,000
IT Programmer Analyst III Thyssenkrupp Elevator Frisco, TX Feb 02, 2016 $115,794
IT Programmer Analyst III Thyssenkrupp Elevator Frisco, TX Oct 22, 2016 $94,742
IT Programmer Analyst Senior Nextera Energy Resources, LLC Juno Beach, FL May 29, 2016 $94,080
IT Programmer Analyst III Thyssenkrupp Elevator Frisco, TX Oct 22, 2016 $93,411
IT Applications Programmer Lead Progressive Casualty Insurance Company Highland Heights, OH Oct 31, 2016 $92,435 -
$97,500
IT Programmer Analyst Senior Nextera Energy Resources, LLC Juno Beach, FL Mar 28, 2016 $92,000
IT Programmer Analyst III Thyssenkrupp Elevator Corporation Frisco, TX Sep 29, 2016 $91,882
IT Applications Programmer Progressive Casualty Insurance Company Mayfield, OH Sep 20, 2016 $91,665
IT Applications Programmer Progressive Casualty Insurance Company Mayfield, OH Oct 01, 2015 $82,200
IT Applications Programmer Progressive Casualty Insurance Company Colorado Springs, CO Sep 03, 2015 $81,500
IT Applications Programmer Progressive Casualty Insurance Company Colorado Springs, CO Feb 11, 2015 $81,459
IT Apps Programmer Specialized (C# .NET) Exodus Integrity Services, Inc. Mayfield, OH Jan 08, 2016 $81,393
IT Apps Programmer Specialized-IT Apps Programmer (C#.Net) Exodus Integrity Services Inc. Mayfield, OH Jul 19, 2015 $81,393
Information Technology Programmer II The Nature Conservancy Arlington, VA Feb 11, 2016 $80,649

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Top Skills for An Information Technology Programmer

  1. Pl/Sql
  2. Web Application
  3. Database
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Implemented web design principles and Oracle database data retrieval using C#, JavaScript, CSS and PL/SQL.
  • Analyzed, updated and developed several company-wide web applications.
  • Designed, developed, fulfilled, processed and implemented various databases for different manufacturers.
  • Updated data flow diagrams, data model, population procedures, and scripts.
  • Developed custom navigation razor template as necessity to upgrade and completed SQL DB upgrade from 2000 to 2008 alongside this project.

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  3. New York
  4. Rhode Island
  5. Washington
  6. Connecticut
  7. Massachusetts
  8. Georgia
  9. Florida
  10. Arizona
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Information Technology Programmer Demographics

Gender

Male

65.9%

Female

22.8%

Unknown

11.3%
Ethnicity

White

56.4%

Hispanic or Latino

15.3%

Asian

13.6%

Black or African American

10.4%

Unknown

4.4%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

45.7%

French

13.0%

Japanese

6.5%

Vietnamese

4.3%

Hindi

4.3%

Arabic

4.3%

Portuguese

2.2%

Marathi

2.2%

Cantonese

2.2%

Greek

2.2%

Tagalog

2.2%

Urdu

2.2%

Korean

2.2%

Armenian

2.2%

Cebuano

2.2%

Russian

2.2%
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Information Technology Programmer Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

14.6%

Arizona State University

6.6%

University of Houston

6.0%

University of North Texas

5.3%

Pennsylvania State University

5.3%

Louisiana State University and A&M College

5.3%

University of New Mexico

5.3%

New York University

4.6%

Texas A&M University

4.6%

Florida International University

4.6%

Cleveland State University

4.6%

Northwestern University

4.0%

University of Texas at San Antonio

4.0%

University of Maryland - College Park

4.0%

University of Maryland - University College

4.0%

DePaul University

4.0%

Michigan State University

3.3%

Kansas State University

3.3%

University of Texas at Austin

3.3%

Wright State University

3.3%
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Majors

Computer Science

31.3%

Business

13.4%

Computer Information Systems

8.7%

Information Technology

6.2%

Computer Engineering

5.1%

Electrical Engineering

4.6%

Information Systems

4.1%

Mathematics

3.2%

Computer Programming

3.1%

Management Information Systems

3.1%

Electrical Engineering Technology

2.5%

Mechanical Engineering

2.3%

Management

1.9%

Project Management

1.9%

Computer Applications

1.7%

Finance

1.5%

General Studies

1.4%

Computer Engineering Technology

1.3%

Accounting

1.3%

Marketing

1.2%
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Degrees

Bachelors

43.9%

Masters

21.3%

Other

16.6%

Associate

12.4%

Certificate

3.2%

Diploma

1.3%

Doctorate

1.3%
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