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Working As A Program Developer

  • Interacting With Computers
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems
  • Getting Information
  • Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Mostly Sitting

  • Repetitive

  • $74,832

    Average Salary

What Does A Program Developer 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 Program Developer

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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Program Developer Career Paths

Program Developer
Adjunct Faculty Systems Engineer Senior Programmer Analyst
Application Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Grant Writer Grant Coordinator Development Coordinator
Assistant Director Of Development
5 Yearsyrs
Adjunct Faculty Principal Consultant Business Systems Senior Analyst
Business Systems Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Project Manager President Data Analyst
Data Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Program Director Facilitator Program Manager
Deputy Director
9 Yearsyrs
Social Worker Project Coordinator Construction Manager
Design Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Program Manager Product Manager Marketing Director
Director Of Communications And Marketing
9 Yearsyrs
Social Worker Senior Technician Specialist Information Technology Director
Director Of Managed Services
9 Yearsyrs
Educator Adjunct Professor Senior Software Engineer
Director Of Software Development
12 Yearsyrs
Program Manager Senior Project Manager
Director Program Management
13 Yearsyrs
Therapist Adjunct Instructor Information Technology Manager
Director, Applications
12 Yearsyrs
Program Coordinator Adjunct Instructor Instructor
Education Director
7 Yearsyrs
Program Director Trainer Program Manager
Engagement Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Therapist Adjunct Professor Database Administrator
Information Systems Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Instructor Project Manager Information Technology Project Manager
Information Technology Director
10 Yearsyrs
Instructor Program Manager Senior Project Manager
Project Director
8 Yearsyrs
Program Coordinator Project Manager Information Technology Project Manager
Senior Information Technology Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Educator Instructor Program Director
Vice President Of Programming
5 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Program Manager Technical Director
Vice President, Technology
11 Yearsyrs
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Program Developer Demographics

Gender

Female

55.8%

Male

40.3%

Unknown

3.9%
Ethnicity

White

60.3%

Hispanic or Latino

14.2%

Black or African American

10.8%

Asian

10.4%

Unknown

4.3%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

44.8%

French

13.1%

Mandarin

6.3%

Chinese

4.5%

Japanese

4.1%

Korean

3.6%

Italian

3.6%

Portuguese

2.7%

German

2.7%

Arabic

2.7%

Hindi

2.3%

Cantonese

2.3%

Hebrew

1.8%

Indonesian

1.4%

Turkish

0.9%

Russian

0.9%

Nepali

0.9%

Swahili

0.5%

Telugu

0.5%

Vietnamese

0.5%
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Program Developer Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

13.7%

Capella University

6.8%

Michigan State University

5.6%

Arizona State University

5.6%

New York University

5.1%

Syracuse University

4.7%

Ohio State University

4.7%

University of Delaware

4.7%

Boston University

4.7%

American University

4.7%

Boston College

4.3%

Purdue University

4.3%

University of Georgia

4.3%

University of Cincinnati

3.8%

Temple University

3.8%

University of Southern California

3.8%

Cornell University

3.8%

Portland State University

3.8%

University of Connecticut

3.8%

University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee

3.8%
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Majors

Business

21.0%

Social Work

7.5%

Psychology

7.0%

Education

6.7%

Management

5.0%

Nursing

4.9%

Elementary Education

4.9%

Counseling Psychology

4.5%

Computer Science

4.4%

Communication

4.0%

Finance

3.7%

School Counseling

3.2%

English

3.1%

Educational Leadership

3.1%

Kinesiology

3.0%

Criminal Justice

2.9%

Marketing

2.8%

Public Health

2.7%

Political Science

2.6%

Mechanical Engineering

2.6%
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Degrees

Masters

38.5%

Bachelors

32.4%

Other

14.2%

Doctorate

7.4%

Certificate

3.5%

Associate

3.5%

Diploma

0.5%
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Real Program Developer Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Training Program Developer Anray Int'l Corporation Orange, CA Apr 12, 2015 $145,933
SR. Programming Developer Infobuilders Inc. Irving, TX Jul 29, 2016 $119,080
Senior Prpc/Business Program Management Developer Lifeline Systems Company Framingham, MA Jan 09, 2015 $116,834
SR. Oracle WMS Program Developer Specialized Bicycle Components, Inc. Morgan Hill, CA Dec 20, 2011 $114,000
Perspective Global Talent Development Program Asso Genentech, Inc. South San Francisco, CA Jun 27, 2011 $110,000
Senior Program Developer Expedia, Inc. Bellevue, WA Aug 22, 2016 $108,442 -
$151,620
Enterprise Resource Program Developer Mycone Dental Supply Co. Inc. Gibbstown, NJ Jan 09, 2016 $107,000 -
$117,000
SAP Advanced Business Application Programming (Abap) Developer Columbia Sportswear Company Portland, OR Feb 29, 2016 $105,706
Principal System Program Developer I Axway, Inc. Phoenix, AZ Sep 07, 2015 $97,000
Enterprise Resource Program (ERP) Developer Mycone Dental Supply Co., Inc. Cherry Hill, NJ Oct 15, 2014 $95,717
Enterprise Resource Program (ERP) Developer Mycone Dental Supply Co., Inc. Cherry Hill, NJ Sep 01, 2013 $95,717
Program Developer 1 Populus Group LLC Denison, TX Dec 21, 2016 $90,304
Lead Program Developer Perry Johnson & Associates Troy, MI Oct 01, 2013 $90,000
Back-End Programming Developer Scstan LLC Costa Mesa, CA Sep 20, 2014 $80,000
Program Developer Cygtec, Inc. Herndon, VA Jan 08, 2016 $69,638
Medical Database Program Developer Gentle Heart Care, LLC Englewood Cliffs, NJ Sep 14, 2012 $67,327
Program Developer Vs Solutions, Inc. Irving, TX Oct 09, 2016 $67,000
Application/Program Developer MCGI TEC, Inc. Cranston, RI Oct 01, 2012 $67,000
Software Program Developer Partners Information Technology Inc. Irving, TX Aug 29, 2016 $65,100
Programs Developer Cyber Infotech LLC Frisco, TX Sep 13, 2016 $65,042
Software Program Developer Agile Business Services Inc. Cambridge, MA Sep 13, 2016 $65,000
Program Developer Etoile Arts Inc. San Francisco, CA Jun 24, 2015 $58,510 -
$60,000
Programming Developer Ikasystems Corporation Southborough, MA Sep 15, 2012 $58,302 -
$73,861
Java Programming Developer Vision3 Solutions, Inc. Atlanta, GA Feb 09, 2016 $58,000
Program Developer Net32, Inc. Cary, NC Oct 01, 2011 $57,500
Software Program Developer Agile Business Services Inc. Cambridge, MA Sep 09, 2015 $56,805
Jenzabar CX Program Developer St. John's College Annapolis, MD Sep 13, 2010 $56,301
Health Care Software Program Developer Encite, Inc. Charlotte, NC Oct 01, 2014 $56,000

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  1. Curriculum
  2. Development Program
  3. Training Programs
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  • Created and developed an extrajudicial sanctions program for minority youth - organized the curriculum and learning materials.
  • Developed and oversaw the implementation of disaster-resilience education through curriculum development programs within schools in Thailand, Indonesia and the Philippines.
  • Developed two internal intelligence training programs in Germany and United states.
  • Develop and implement testing and evaluation tools and procedures to evaluate instructor effectiveness and compliance.
  • Develop and coordinate professional development and personal enrichment classes.

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