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Become A Programmer

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Working As A Programmer

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

  • Repetitive

  • $67,050

    Average Salary

What Does A Programmer Do

A Programmer is a person who writes computer programs. They are responsible for developing, testing, and implementing IT solutions.

How To Become A Programmer

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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Programmer Career Paths

Programmer
Web Developer Applications Developer Senior Software Engineer
Chief Technology Officer
11 Yearsyrs
Systems Analyst Systems Administrator Information Technology Manager
Director Of Information
10 Yearsyrs
Web Developer Senior Web Developer Senior Software Engineer
Director Of Software Development
12 Yearsyrs
Business Analyst Information Technology Manager Technical Services Manager
Director Of Technology And Services
11 Yearsyrs
Systems Engineer Project Engineer
Engineering Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Systems Administrator Network Engineer Network Administrator
Information Systems Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Software Developer Systems Analyst Information Technology Manager
Information Technology Director
10 Yearsyrs
Software Engineer Systems Engineer Systems Administrator
Information Technology Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Software Engineer Senior Software Engineer
Lead Developer
6 Yearsyrs
Programmer Analyst Senior Software Engineer
Lead Technician
6 Yearsyrs
Senior Software Engineer Project Leader Project Manager
Program Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Software Developer Applications Developer Senior Software Engineer
Senior .NET Developer
6 Yearsyrs
Project Leader Business Analyst Information Technology Manager
Senior Information Technology Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Senior Programmer Analyst Senior Systems Analyst Senior Software Engineer
Senior Java Developer
6 Yearsyrs
Senior Software Engineer Senior Consultant
Senior Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Systems Engineer Systems Administrator Software Engineer
Senior Programmer Analyst
7 Yearsyrs
Systems Analyst Systems Engineer
Senior Software Engineer
6 Yearsyrs
Programmer Analyst Systems Analyst
Senior Systems Analyst
7 Yearsyrs
Program Manager Sales Consultant Solution Specialist
Solutions Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Systems Administrator Analyst Systems Analyst
Systems Manager
7 Yearsyrs
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Programmer Demographics

Gender

  • Male

    70.6%
  • Female

    25.3%
  • Unknown

    4.1%

Ethnicity

  • White

    69.1%
  • Asian

    18.3%
  • Hispanic or Latino

    8.9%
  • Unknown

    2.9%
  • Black or African American

    0.8%
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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

    35.5%
  • French

    11.7%
  • Chinese

    7.3%
  • German

    7.1%
  • Mandarin

    6.7%
  • Japanese

    5.5%
  • Portuguese

    4.8%
  • Russian

    4.1%
  • Italian

    2.3%
  • Cantonese

    2.3%
  • Vietnamese

    2.1%
  • Arabic

    2.1%
  • Hindi

    1.8%
  • Carrier

    1.2%
  • Korean

    1.1%
  • Thai

    1.1%
  • Tagalog

    1.1%
  • Polish

    0.9%
  • Ukrainian

    0.7%
  • Greek

    0.7%
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Real Programmer Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Programmer, Structured Products Analytics (VP) Jpmorgan Chase & Co. New York, NY Jun 02, 2015 $200,000
Programmer, Structured Products Analytics (VP) JP Morgan Chase & Co New York, NY Mar 18, 2015 $200,000
Enterprise Programmer (ERP Developer) Fortinet, Inc. Sunnyvale, CA Dec 20, 2016 $169,749
Robot Programmer STR Group USA, Inc. Everett, WA Mar 09, 2016 $169,000
C++ Programmer IBG LLC Greenwich, CT Dec 19, 2015 $160,000 -
$180,000
Programmer Pinnacle Technical Resources Inc. Jersey City, NJ May 23, 2016 $152,351
Programmer Anaylst AIT Global, Inc. New York, NY Jun 09, 2015 $150,000
Programmer Prof Mkts Bank of America N.A. New York, NY Aug 23, 2015 $145,000 -
$165,000
Programmer Fred Alger & Company Incorporated Jersey City, NJ Mar 05, 2016 $140,000
SAP LE Programmer Sapere LLP Florham Park, NJ Apr 13, 2016 $135,000
SAP LE Programmer Sapere, LLP Springfield, IL Feb 17, 2015 $135,000
Programmer Actuarial AIG Employee Services, Inc. New York, NY Dec 16, 2015 $135,000
Dynamics AX Programmer Accuray Incorporated Sunnyvale, CA Jul 10, 2015 $134,534
.NET Programmer MacRosoft Inc. Parsippany-Troy Hills, NJ Nov 20, 2015 $132,954
Programmer Tech Mahindra (Americas) Inc. Schaumburg, IL Feb 09, 2016 $74,998
Programmer Ensco, Inc. Charlottesville, VA Jul 18, 2016 $74,838 -
$96,283
Programmer IBM India Private Limited Chicago, IL Oct 11, 2016 $74,825
DOT NET Programmer Technumen, Inc. Piscataway, NJ Mar 05, 2016 $74,755
DOT NET Programmer Technumen, Inc. Piscataway, NJ Feb 05, 2016 $74,755
Programmer Tech Mahindra (Americas), Inc. New York, NY Sep 13, 2015 $74,714
Programmer Tech Mahindra (Americas), Inc. Middletown, NJ Sep 14, 2016 $74,714
PLM Programmer I Tata Technologies, Inc. Auburn Hills, MI Sep 06, 2015 $64,979
PLM KBE Programmer II Tata Technologies, Inc. Novi, MI Sep 06, 2015 $64,979
PLM KBE Programmer I Tata Technologies, Inc. Novi, MI Sep 06, 2015 $64,979
PLM KBE Programmer I Tata Technologies, Inc. Auburn Hills, MI Sep 06, 2015 $64,979
PLM Programmer II Tata Technologies, Inc. Auburn Hills, MI Sep 06, 2015 $64,979
PLM Programmer II Tata Technologies, Inc. Novi, MI Sep 06, 2015 $64,979
PLM Programmer I Tata Technologies, Inc. Novi, MI Sep 06, 2015 $64,979
PLM KBE Programmer II Tata Technologies, Inc. Auburn Hills, MI Sep 06, 2015 $64,979

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Top Skills for A Programmer

Pl/SqlDatabaseWebApplicationWindowsNTMicrosoftSQLServerCobolProceduresLanguageASPHtmlJavascriptC#.NETUnixC/C++XMLFinancialUserInterfaceHardwareManagementSystemCSS

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Top Programmer Skills

  1. Pl/Sql
  2. Database
  3. Web Application
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Developed user interactive forms, Involved in writing PL/SQL procedures and functions.
  • Generated custom reports based on billing databases.
  • Develop Web application for call center to manage International Money Transfers to Mexico, Central and South America.
  • Developed application using Visual Basic 5.0 as the front-end and Access 8.0 as the database running on Windows NT network.
  • Developed retail software for client using Delphi and Microsoft SQL Server.

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