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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 Latino7.1%
Black or African American0.7%
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Oklahoma State University9.1%
University of Alabama6.1%
Arizona State University6.1%
University of South Carolina - Columbia6.1%
Southern Methodist University6.1%
University of Colorado at Boulder6.1%
University of North Texas6.1%
Indiana State University6.1%
University of Phoenix6.1%
Illinois Central College6.1%
Missouri State University3.0%
University of Massachusetts - Boston3.0%
Saint Mary's University3.0%
Louisiana Tech University3.0%
Northern Arizona University3.0%
University of Pennsylvania3.0%
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|Job Title||Company||Location||Start Date||Salary|
|Mainframe Programmer||Teksystems, Inc.||Pennington, NJ||May 07, 2016||$132,170|
|Mainframe Programmer||Populus Group LLC||San Antonio, TX||Aug 06, 2016||$123,133|
|Mainframe Programmer||Diversant LLC||Pennington, NJ||Jul 25, 2016||$108,000 -
|SAS Mainframe Programmer||Insurance Services Office, Inc.||Jersey City, NJ||Apr 01, 2016||$105,500 -
|Mainframe Programmer||Companion Professional Services, LLC||Columbia, SC||Jan 01, 2016||$105,248|
|Mainframe Analyst/Programmer Principal||Ebsco Industries, Inc.||Birmingham, AL||Oct 21, 2016||$102,928|
|Mainframe Analyst/Programmer Principal||Ebsco Industries, Inc.||Birmingham, AL||Dec 02, 2016||$101,462|
|Senior Mainframe Programmer||Superior Solutions Inc.||Baltimore, MD||Sep 04, 2011||$97,178|
|Mainframe Analyst/Programmer Principal||Ebsco Industries, Inc.||Birmingham, AL||Oct 21, 2013||$97,000|
|Mainframe Programmer||Revere Info Tech, Inc.||Columbia, SC||Aug 17, 2016||$90,000|
|Mainframe Programmer||Companion Professional Services, LLC||Columbia, SC||Jan 01, 2016||$90,000|
|Senior Mainframe Programmer||Ads Alliance Data Systems, Inc.||Columbus, OH||Oct 11, 2016||$90,000|
|Mainframe Programmer||Companion Professional Services, LLC||Columbia, SC||Jan 15, 2016||$89,741|
|A Senior Mainframe Programmer (Software Developer)||Seven Seven Softwares||Roseland, NJ||Sep 01, 2014||$80,500|
|Mainframe Programmer||Companion Professional Services, LLC||Columbia, SC||Oct 15, 2011||$80,000|
|Mainframe Programmer||Companion Professional Services, LLC||Columbia, SC||May 01, 2013||$80,000|
|Mainframe Programmer||Dataquest, Inc.||Camp Hill, PA||Oct 29, 2013||$78,146 -
|Mainframe Programmer||Companion Professional Services, LLC||Columbia, SC||Aug 20, 2012||$78,000|
|Senior Mainframe Programmer||V.L.S Systems, Inc.||Durham, NC||Sep 19, 2011||$78,000|
|Mainframe Programmer||Companion Professional Services, LLC||Columbia, SC||Jun 01, 2014||$78,000|
|Analyst/Mainframe Programmer||Computer Manpower USA, Inc.||Warren, NJ||Sep 01, 2011||$76,000|
|Mainfram Programmer||Cerebrum Software Solutions Inc.||Maryland Heights, MO||Mar 12, 2016||$72,000|
|Mainframe Programmer||USM Business Systems, Inc.||Chantilly, VA||Oct 19, 2010||$71,000|
|Mainframe Programmer (Software Developer)||Seven Seven Softwares||Roseland, NJ||Sep 01, 2012||$70,500|
|Mainframe Programmer||Fourth Technologies, Inc.||Cherry Hill, NJ||Aug 26, 2013||$70,000 -
|Mainframe Programmer||Protege, LLC||Cary, NC||Aug 31, 2015||$70,000 -
|Mainframe Programmer||Protege, LLC||Durham, NC||Aug 31, 2015||$70,000 -
|Mainframe Programmer||Protege, LLC||Durham, NC||Sep 14, 2015||$70,000 -
|Analyst/Mainframe Programmer||Computer Manpower USA Inc.||Warren, NJ||Feb 01, 2011||$70,000|
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