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|
|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 -
|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 -
|Programmer||Fred Alger & Company Incorporated||Jersey City, NJ||Mar 05, 2016||$140,000|
|SAP LE Programmer||Sapere, LLP||Springfield, IL||Feb 17, 2015||$135,000|
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