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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

  • $97,130

    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 Professor Attorney
Assistant Vice President
7 Yearsyrs
Social Worker Service Director Operations Director
Chief Operating Officer
11 Yearsyrs
Curriculum Developer Project Manager Information Technology Project Manager
Director Of Information
10 Yearsyrs
Instructor Program Manager General Manager
Director Of Sales
10 Yearsyrs
Instructor Project Manager Program Manager
General Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Business Developer Business Development Manager
Marketing Director
7 Yearsyrs
Social Worker Therapist Program Manager
Marketing Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Program Director Service Director
Operations Director
9 Yearsyrs
Adjunct Professor Faculty Chairperson
Operations Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Program Director Operations Director
President Of Operations
11 Yearsyrs
Adjunct Professor Senior Project Manager Senior Product Manager
Product Management Director
12 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Consultant Senior Consultant
Program Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Adjunct Instructor Instructor Operations Manager
Purchasing Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Adjunct Instructor Writer And Editor Marketing Specialist
Sales Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Program Manager
Senior Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Business Developer Business Consultant Senior Project Manager
Senior Product Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Program Manager Information Technology Project Manager
Senior Project Manager
12 Yearsyrs
Adjunct Faculty Adjunct Professor Senior Project Manager
Vice President And Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Curriculum Developer Adjunct Instructor Information Technology Manager
Vice President Of Information Technology
12 Yearsyrs
Program Manager Business Developer
Vice President, Business Development
13 Yearsyrs
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Program Developer Demographics

Gender

Female

55.9%

Male

40.7%

Unknown

3.4%
Ethnicity

White

78.4%

Hispanic or Latino

9.4%

Asian

9.3%

Unknown

2.0%

Black or African American

0.8%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

46.1%

French

13.6%

Mandarin

6.1%

Chinese

5.5%

Japanese

3.8%

Italian

3.2%

Portuguese

3.2%

Korean

2.9%

Arabic

2.9%

German

2.6%

Hindi

2.3%

Cantonese

1.4%

Hebrew

1.2%

Russian

1.2%

Indonesian

0.9%

Urdu

0.9%

Swahili

0.6%

Vietnamese

0.6%

Gujarati

0.6%

Dutch

0.6%
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Program Developer Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

14.2%

Michigan State University

5.6%

Pennsylvania State University

5.3%

New York University

5.0%

Boston University

5.0%

Arizona State University

4.7%

Ohio State University

4.7%

University of Southern California

4.7%

Syracuse University

4.5%

Boston College

4.5%

University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee

4.5%

American University

4.5%

Capella University

4.5%

University of Arizona

4.5%

Temple University

4.2%

University of Delaware

4.2%

Nova Southeastern University

3.9%

Cornell University

3.9%

Columbia University

3.9%

Walden University

3.9%
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Majors

Business

22.2%

Psychology

7.0%

Social Work

6.4%

Education

6.3%

Management

5.4%

Nursing

5.2%

Communication

4.8%

Elementary Education

4.3%

Counseling Psychology

3.9%

Computer Science

3.8%

Marketing

3.6%

Finance

3.5%

School Counseling

3.3%

Educational Leadership

3.3%

Law

3.0%

Public Health

2.9%

Criminal Justice

2.9%

Political Science

2.9%

Kinesiology

2.8%

Mechanical Engineering

2.7%
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Degrees

Masters

37.7%

Bachelors

32.9%

Other

14.9%

Doctorate

7.2%

Certificate

3.4%

Associate

3.4%

Diploma

0.4%

License

0.1%
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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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Top Skills for A Program Developer

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Top Program Developer Skills

  1. Program Development
  2. Curriculum Development
  3. Procedures
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  • Program Manager in program development, opening new group homes for individuals with developmental disabilities.
  • Developed and oversaw the implementation of disaster-resilience education through curriculum development programs within schools in Thailand, Indonesia and the Philippines.
  • *Provided office services by implementing administrative systems, procedures, and policies, and monitoring administrative projects.
  • Maintained files to insure proper receipt of progress reports, grant offers, budget reviews, financial documents and related correspondence.
  • Developed two internal intelligence training programs in Germany and United states.

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