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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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21 Programmer jobs

Oracle
Ashburn, VA
Programmer Analyst 4-IT

$65,000 Estimated

The Reinforced Earth Company
Reston, VA
AutoCAD Programmer

$67,811 Estimated

HJF
Silver Spring, MD
LIMS Programmer

$68,193 Estimated

Latitude Inc.
Arlington, VA
Crestron Programmer

$60,000 Estimated

Kavaliro
Chevy Chase, MD
Powershell Programmer

$68,193 Estimated

CTG
Germantown, MD
SQL Programmer

$68,193 Estimated

Latitude Inc.
Herndon, VA
Crestron Programmer

$60,000 Estimated

Zenimax Media
Rockville, MD
Physics Programmer

$66,000 Estimated

Applied Memetics LLC
Washington, DC
ERP Programmer, Junior

$62,500 Estimated

Casaplex, LLC
Kensington, MD
Smart Building BAS / DDC Field Programmer

$68,193 Estimated

SAIC
McLean, VA
C++ / Matlab Programmer

$70,200 Estimated

Esri
Vienna, VA
SQL Programmer

$65,000 Estimated

CSRA
Frederick, MD
Programmer

$68,193 Estimated

SAIC
McLean, VA
C++ / Matlab Programmer Job

$70,200 Estimated

J. Patrick & Associates
Sterling, VA
Audiovisual Crestron Programmer

$66,784 Estimated

Latitude Inc.
Chantilly, VA
AMX / Crestron Programmer

$69,000 Estimated

Zenimax Media Inc.
Rockville, MD
Graphics Programmer

$66,000 Estimated

Computer Task Group(CTG)
Germantown, MD
SQL Programmer

$68,193 Estimated

Zenimax Media Inc.
Rockville, MD
Physics Programmer

$66,000 Estimated

Casaplex
Kensington, MD
Smart Building BAS / DDC Field Programmer

$68,193 Estimated

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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 Springfield, IL Feb 17, 2015 $135,000
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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.

Top Programmer Employers

What Kind Of Companies Hire a Programmer

  1. Accenture
  2. Argo Data Resource Corporation
  3. At&T
  4. Microsoft
  5. Department of Computer Science
  6. Northrop Grumman
  7. GE Healthcare
  8. Aerotek
  9. RPG Transcription Services
  10. Wells Fargo
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