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|
|SAS Programmer||Inventiv Health Clinical SRE, LLC||Palo Alto, CA||Sep 22, 2015||$170,560|
|SAS Programmer||Inventiv Health Clinical SRE||Bedminster, NJ||Oct 07, 2015||$166,960|
|SAS Programmer||Inventiv Health Clinical SRE||Bedminster, NJ||Jul 09, 2015||$166,960|
|SAS Programmer||Inventiv Health Clinical SRE||NJ||May 25, 2015||$145,600|
|SAS Programmer||Inventiv Health Clinical SRE, LLC||Somerset, NJ||May 22, 2015||$145,600|
|SAS Programmer||Inventiv Health Clinical SRE||Phoenixville, PA||Jun 02, 2015||$145,600|
|SAS Analyst||Bis Consulting, Inc.||San Jose, CA||Dec 27, 2016||$138,923|
|SAS Developer||MUFG Union Bank, N.A.||San Francisco, CA||Oct 15, 2015||$138,521|
|Senior SAS Programmer||The Lacek Group LLC||Minneapolis, MN||Aug 17, 2016||$135,000|
|SAS Programmer||Inventiv Health Clinical SRE, LLC||Somerset, NJ||Aug 04, 2015||$133,682|
|Lead SAS Programmer Analyst||Ram Software Solutions Inc.||Parsippany-Troy Hills, NJ||Oct 20, 2016||$130,000|
|SAS Programmer||Inventiv Health Clinical, LLC||Pennington, NJ||Apr 25, 2016||$129,022|
|Lead SAS Programmer Analyst||Intone Networks Inc.||Iselin, NJ||Jun 07, 2016||$128,000|
|Senior SAS Programmer||Inventiv Health Clinical SRE, LLC||Princeton, NJ||Apr 02, 2015||$124,800|
|SAS Programmer/Analyst||Statminds, LLC||Fort Washington, PA||Jul 20, 2016||$84,178|
|SAS Programmer||Statminds, LLC||Durham, NC||Aug 07, 2016||$84,157|
|Clinical SAS Programmer||HCL Global Systems Inc.||Somerset, NJ||Apr 27, 2016||$84,023|
|Clinical SAS Programmer||HCL Global Systems Inc.||Somerset, NJ||Apr 28, 2016||$84,023|
|SAS Programmer||Cyberthink, Inc.||Bridgewater, NJ||Feb 29, 2016||$84,000|
|SAS Programmer||Delasoft, Inc.||Franklin Park, NJ||Jun 21, 2016||$84,000|
|SAS Programmer||It Division, Inc.||Baltimore, MD||Jan 29, 2016||$69,763|
|Senior Clinical SAS Programmer||KRL Solutions Inc.||Las Vegas, NV||Mar 08, 2016||$69,597|
|SAS Programmer||Techdata Service Company, LLC.||King of Prussia, PA||Apr 01, 2015||$69,500|
|SAS Programmer/Analyst||Idol Solutions Inc.||Cranbury, NJ||Jun 22, 2016||$69,000|
|SAS Analyst||Intone Networks Inc.||Morrisville, NC||Apr 15, 2015||$69,000|
|SAS Programmer||Global Pharmatek, LLC||Cary, NC||Sep 23, 2015||$69,000|
|SAS Programmer||Datatek Inc.||Waltham, MA||Sep 21, 2015||$69,000|
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