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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

  • $71,000

    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
Consultant General Manager Operations Director
Operations Vice President
11 Yearsyrs
Consultant Project Manager
Product Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Consultant Manager Vice President
Vice President And Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Program Coordinator Executive Assistant Owner
Marketing Director
7 Yearsyrs
Program Coordinator Executive Assistant Project Manager
Project Director
8 Yearsyrs
Program Coordinator Executive Assistant Manager
Information Technology Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Instructor Team Leader Director
Development Director
9 Yearsyrs
Instructor Team Leader Service Manager
Service Director
9 Yearsyrs
Instructor Team Leader Project Manager
Development Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Social Worker Therapist Program Manager
Director Program Management
12 Yearsyrs
Social Worker Administrator Business Analyst
Product Owner
9 Yearsyrs
Social Worker Administrator Senior Software Engineer
Technical Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Adjunct Professor Owner Information Technology Director
Chief Technology Officer
11 Yearsyrs
Adjunct Professor Owner Chief Engineer
Engineering Director
13 Yearsyrs
Adjunct Professor Program Manager
Associate Director
8 Yearsyrs
Therapist Case Manager Program Manager
Engagement Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Therapist Manager President/Owner
President And Founder
5 Yearsyrs
Developer Business Analyst Senior Analyst
Analytical Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Developer Business Analyst Senior Data Analyst-
Data Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Developer Senior Consultant Information Technology Director
Director Of Enterprise Architecture
14 Yearsyrs
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Average Yearly Salary
$71,000
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$48,000
Min 10%
$71,000
Median 50%
$71,000
Median 50%
$71,000
Median 50%
$71,000
Median 50%
$71,000
Median 50%
$71,000
Median 50%
$71,000
Median 50%
$103,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
BP America
Highest Paying City
San Jose, CA
Highest Paying State
Washington
Avg Experience Level
2.5 years
How much does a Program Developer make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Program Developer in the United States is $71,265 per year or $34 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $48,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $103,000.

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 Sep 01, 2013 $95,717
Enterprise Resource Program (ERP) Developer Mycone Dental Supply Co., Inc. Cherry Hill, NJ Oct 15, 2014 $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
Application/Program Developer MCGI TEC, Inc. Cranston, RI Oct 01, 2012 $67,000
Program Developer Vs Solutions, Inc. Irving, TX Oct 09, 2016 $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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Top Skills for A Program Developer

  1. Curriculum Development
  2. Development Program
  3. Training Programs
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Mentored staff in areas of curriculum development, instruction and classroom management.
  • Developed and oversaw the implementation of disaster-resilience education through curriculum development programs within schools in Thailand, Indonesia and the Philippines.
  • Developed strategies and coordinated events to fill accelerated training programs to provide both skilled and unskilled labor for local manufacturing employers.
  • Direct linkage to community resources including case management to provide optimal client support.
  • Organized community outreach events bringing environmental science knowledge and resources to low income communities in Saint Paul

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  4. District of Columbia
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Program Developer Demographics

Gender

Female

51.9%

Male

37.4%

Unknown

10.7%
Ethnicity

White

60.6%

Hispanic or Latino

14.4%

Black or African American

11.2%

Asian

9.6%

Unknown

4.2%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

42.7%

French

13.7%

Mandarin

6.1%

Chinese

5.0%

Italian

3.8%

Japanese

3.8%

Portuguese

3.4%

German

3.4%

Korean

3.1%

Arabic

2.7%

Hindi

1.9%

Cantonese

1.9%

Hebrew

1.9%

Russian

1.5%

Indonesian

1.1%

Nepali

1.1%

Turkish

0.8%

Norwegian

0.8%

Greek

0.8%

Telugu

0.4%
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Program Developer Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

14.2%

New York University

6.9%

Arizona State University

6.1%

Michigan State University

5.6%

Capella University

5.6%

Ohio State University

4.7%

University of Southern California

4.4%

University of Connecticut

4.4%

University of Delaware

4.4%

University of Pittsburgh -

4.4%

University of California - Los Angeles

4.2%

University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee

4.2%

Columbia University

4.2%

Boston University

4.2%

Syracuse University

3.9%

Temple University

3.9%

Liberty University

3.9%

Boston College

3.6%

University of Cincinnati

3.6%

Pennsylvania State University

3.6%
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Majors

Business

21.4%

Social Work

8.4%

Psychology

7.4%

Education

6.0%

Computer Science

5.4%

Management

5.0%

Elementary Education

4.7%

Nursing

4.2%

Counseling Psychology

4.2%

Communication

3.5%

Public Health

3.4%

Finance

3.4%

Marketing

3.2%

English

3.0%

Educational Leadership

3.0%

School Counseling

2.9%

Kinesiology

2.8%

Political Science

2.8%

Sociology

2.8%

Criminal Justice

2.6%
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Degrees

Masters

37.9%

Bachelors

34.3%

Other

13.2%

Doctorate

6.5%

Associate

3.8%

Certificate

3.6%

Diploma

0.6%

License

0.1%
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