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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|
|SAP Developer||Informatech, LLC||Salt Lake City, UT||Sep 15, 2015||$166,400|
|Senior SAP Abap Developer||Bloomberg, LP||New York, NY||Jun 09, 2016||$160,000|
|Senior Sap/Abap Developer||Bloomberg, LP||New York, NY||Jan 01, 2015||$157,000|
|SR. SAP Abap Developer||Apple Inc.||Cupertino, CA||Nov 12, 2015||$152,776 -
|Sap/Abap Java Developer||Zappos.Com, Inc.||Las Vegas, NV||Jun 24, 2015||$151,045|
|SAP Bobj Developer||Populus Group LLC||Owings Mills, MD||Dec 19, 2015||$150,264|
|SAP Abap Developer||Bloomberg, LP||New York, NY||Nov 28, 2016||$150,000|
|SAP Developer||Gemini Consulting & Services, LLC||New York, NY||Dec 17, 2016||$150,000|
|SAP Abap Developer||Bloomberg, LP||New York, NY||Oct 12, 2015||$150,000|
|Senior SAP Abap Developer||1800Admin LLC||Mason, MI||Nov 11, 2016||$149,760|
|SAP Abap Developer||Bloomberg, LP||New York, NY||Dec 12, 2016||$145,000|
|SAP PLM Functional Developer||Lyondell Chemical Company||Houston, TX||Jan 12, 2016||$145,000|
|SAP Abap Developer||Bloomberg, LP||New York, NY||Jan 25, 2016||$145,000|
|SAP Certified R/3 Developer-Abap/4||Talent 101, Inc.||Plano, TX||Oct 02, 2016||$142,800|
|SAP Businessobjects Developer||H. D. Smith LLC||Springfield, IL||Feb 16, 2015||$103,530|
|SAP Abap Developer||Electro-Motive Diesel, Inc.||IL||Dec 31, 2016||$103,000|
|SAP Developer 4||Mast Technology Services, Inc.||Columbus, OH||Sep 23, 2016||$102,794 -
|SAP Pi/Xi Developer||H. D. Smith, LLC||Springfield, IL||Apr 19, 2016||$102,221|
|SAP Abap Developer||Paccar Inc.||Renton, WA||May 07, 2016||$102,000|
|Programmer Analyst-SAP Abap Development||Hilmar Cheese Company||Hilmar-Irwin, CA||Oct 24, 2016||$102,000 -
|Senior SAP Abap Developer||Compass Group USA, Inc.||Charlotte, NC||Aug 03, 2016||$101,379|
|SAP Developer||Denken Solutions, Inc.||Issaquah, WA||Sep 25, 2015||$101,088|
|SAP Abap Developer||Isync Solutions Inc.||Newtown, PA||Aug 03, 2015||$83,366|
|SAP Abap Developer||Air Products and Chemicals, Inc.||Allentown, PA||Apr 20, 2015||$83,179 -
|SAP Developer||Swire Coca Cola, USA||Draper, UT||Oct 21, 2015||$82,600|
|SAP Developer||Horizonplus Technologies Inc.||Redmond, WA||May 16, 2016||$82,210|
|SAP PI Developer||IBM India Private Limited||Chesterbrook, PA||Jun 29, 2016||$82,187 -
|SAP Developer||Pen Software, Inc.||Irving, TX||Sep 15, 2016||$82,000|
|SAP Developer||Talentlink, Inc.||West Des Moines, IA||Sep 16, 2016||$82,000|
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