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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 Latino7.5%
Black or African American1.4%
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More Tech Institute23.3%
University of North Texas5.5%
Northern Illinois University5.5%
Illinois State University4.1%
University of Nebraska at Omaha4.1%
Virginia Commonwealth University4.1%
Madison Area Technical College4.1%
Wayne State University4.1%
Pennsylvania State University4.1%
University of Texas at Arlington2.7%
Columbus State University2.7%
University of Arkansas, Fayetteville2.7%
University of South Carolina - Columbia2.7%
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|Job Title||Company||Location||Start Date||Salary|
|Mainframe Programmer Analyst||Collabera Inc.||Morristown, NJ||Jan 14, 2016||$133,000|
|Senior Mainframes Developer||Sagarsoft, Inc.||Hartford, CT||Nov 09, 2016||$116,872|
|Mainframe Developer||Agasti, LLC||Baltimore, MD||Dec 22, 2016||$115,000|
|Senior Mainframe Programmer Analyst||International Software Systems Inc.||Greenbelt, MD||Oct 11, 2016||$111,000|
|Lead Mainframe Developer||Ample It Services LLC||Dublin, OH||Aug 03, 2015||$105,000|
|Lead Mainframe Programmer Analyst||Grange Mutual Casualty Co.||Columbus, OH||Jan 18, 2016||$101,950|
|Mainframe Developer||Populus Group LLC||Naperville, IL||Sep 14, 2016||$100,176|
|Mainframe Programmer Analyst||Capricorn Systems, Inc.||Lorain, OH||May 20, 2015||$95,000|
|Project Manager, Mainframe Development and Support||NIIT Technologies Limited||Atlanta, GA||Mar 22, 2016||$94,226|
|Project Manager, Mainframe Development and Support||NIIT Technologies Limited||Atlanta, GA||Jul 12, 2016||$94,226|
|Project Manager, Mainframe Development and Support||NIIT Technologies Limited||Atlanta, GA||Oct 31, 2015||$94,226|
|Project Manager, Mainframe Development and Support||NIIT Technologies Limited||Atlanta, GA||Apr 26, 2016||$94,226|
|Project Manager, Mainframe Development and Support||NIIT Technologies Limited||Atlanta, GA||Apr 22, 2016||$94,226|
|Project Manager, Mainframe Development and Support||NIIT Technologies Limited||Atlanta, GA||Mar 25, 2016||$94,226|
|Senior Mainframe Programmer Analyst||Fidelity Service Company, Inc.||Westlake, TX||Nov 30, 2015||$81,952 -
|Mainframe Programmer Analyst||The Wellspring Group, Inc.||Irving, TX||Nov 09, 2016||$80,000|
|Mainframe Programmer Analyst||The Wellspring Group, Inc.||Columbus, OH||Nov 09, 2016||$80,000|
|Mainframe Developer||SRI Tech Solutions Inc.||Tampa, FL||Apr 18, 2016||$80,000 -
|Mainframe Developer||Populus Group LLC||Pleasanton, CA||May 05, 2016||$79,765|
|Developer-Mainframe II (Multiple Positions)||Headstrong Services LLC||Richardson, TX||Feb 19, 2016||$79,747|
|Mainframe Specialist Analyst||Efron Consulting Inc.||Boston, MA||Sep 18, 2015||$71,828|
|Mainframe Developer||Epitec, Inc.||Dearborn, MI||Nov 01, 2016||$71,594|
|Mainframe Consultant/Developer||TVS Infotech, Inc.||Nashville, TN||Jun 30, 2015||$70,958|
|Mainframe Developer||Mejenta Systems, Inc.||McLean, VA||Nov 15, 2016||$70,803|
|Mainframe Developer||IDC Technologies, Inc.||Milpitas, CA||Aug 03, 2015||$70,000|
|Mainframe/Qtp Developer||American Technology Consulting, LLC||Florham Park, NJ||Jan 28, 2015||$70,000 -
|Mainframe Developer||JSMN International Inc.||Parsippany-Troy Hills, NJ||Feb 27, 2015||$70,000 -
|Mainframe Developer||Symphony Corporation||Madison, WI||May 19, 2016||$70,000|
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