Programming specialists make sure that the programs their organization oversees are planned and executed perfectly. They usually work for government agencies or nonprofits that offer programming to the public. Programming specialists handle the administrative tasks that make sure a program can go on, such as hiring employees and managing the budget. They develop strategies to help individual programs meet the organization's overall goals. Programming specialists are also responsible for making sure that the programs actually serve the people they are supposed to benefit. They do this by meeting with community partners, organizing events such as speaker series to draw people into the program, and increasing marketing and publicity.
Although it is possible to do this job with only a high school diploma, most programming specialists have a bachelor's degree in social work. A college degree makes it easier to get hired and earn more money, since programming specialists earn an average salary of $53,999 a year.
Programming specialists usually need a few years of professional experience before taking on this role. Most start their careers working as administrative assistants or interns.