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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.
|Job Title||Company||Location||Start Date||Salary|
|Oracle Pl/Sql Developer||Open Systems Technologies Inc.||Fort Mill, SC||Sep 07, 2015||$140,000|
|Pl/Sql Developer||Lendingclub Corporation||San Francisco, CA||Sep 14, 2015||$134,638|
|Oracle Pl/Sql Developer||Qpharma, Inc.||Morristown, NJ||May 20, 2016||$129,002|
|Application Pl/Sql Developer||J. Crew||New York, NY||Apr 28, 2015||$126,422|
|Pl/Sql Developer||Quality Software Services, Inc.||Millington, MD||Jan 29, 2015||$120,000|
|Supervisor, Pl/Sql||Local Initiative Health Authority for Los Angeles County||Los Angeles, CA||Aug 15, 2016||$120,000|
|Oracle Pl/Sql Developer||Open Systems Technologies Inc.||Wilmington, DE||Jan 29, 2016||$114,785|
|Pl/Sql Developer||Populus Group LLC||Fort Myers, FL||Feb 15, 2016||$114,785|
|Pl/Sql Developer||Data, Inc.||Montvale, NJ||May 10, 2015||$112,000 -
|PL SQL Developer||Lighthouse Technology Services, Inc.||Buffalo, NY||Aug 31, 2015||$110,611|
|Pl/Sql Developer||Resource Logistics, Inc.||San Jose, CA||Aug 22, 2016||$110,000|
|Pl/Sql Developer||Synectics for Management Decisions, Inc.||Arlington, VA||Mar 14, 2016||$110,000|
|Oracle Pl/Sql Developer||Pantar Solutions Inc.||New York, NY||Oct 11, 2015||$110,000|
|Lead Pl/Sql Developer||Local Initiative Health Authority for Los Angeles County||Los Angeles, CA||Jul 10, 2016||$108,412|
|Oracle Pl/Sql Developer||HCL Global Systems Inc.||Farmington Hills, MI||Jul 18, 2016||$79,539|
|Oracle Pl/Sql Developer||HCL Global Systems Inc.||Farmington Hills, MI||Mar 16, 2016||$79,539|
|Pl/Sql Developer||Advance America Cash Advance Centers, Inc.||Spartanburg, SC||Jun 06, 2016||$78,312 -
|PL SQL Forms Developer||Acistek Corporation||McLean, VA||Jun 27, 2016||$77,500|
|Pl/Sql Developer||Fusion Plus Solutions, Inc.||San Francisco, CA||Apr 25, 2016||$77,000|
|Oracle Pl/Sql Developer||TEK Leaders Inc.||San Francisco, CA||Aug 30, 2016||$76,107|
|Pl/Sql Developer||Caprus It Inc.||San Bruno, CA||Sep 14, 2016||$76,107|
|J2Ee/Pl/Sql Developer||Objects On Net, Inc.||Marietta, GA||Sep 20, 2016||$76,000|
|Oracle Pl/Sql Developer||Vedicsoft Solutions LLC||TN||Mar 24, 2015||$69,805|
|Pl/Sql Developer||EZ2 Technologies, Inc.||Houston, TX||Oct 09, 2016||$69,638|
|Pl/Sql Developer||AVCO Consulting Inc.||Worcester, MA||Nov 08, 2016||$69,160|
|Pl/Sql Developer||AVCO Consulting Inc.||Worcester, MA||May 16, 2016||$69,160|
|Application Specialist/Pl/Sql/Java Developer||AVCO Consulting Inc.||Worcester, MA||Jan 10, 2016||$69,160|
|Oracle Etl/Pl SQL Developer||AVCO Consulting Inc.||Worcester, MA||Aug 31, 2015||$69,160|
|Oracle Etl/Pl SQL Developer||AVCO Consulting Inc.||Worcester, MA||Aug 21, 2015||$69,160|
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