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Working As A Senior Application 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

  • $82,125

    Average Salary

What Does A Senior Application Programmer Do

Computer programmers write and test code that allows computer applications and software programs to function properly. They turn the program designs created by software developers and engineers into instructions that a computer can follow. In addition, programmers test newly created applications and programs to ensure that they produce the expected results. If they do not work correctly, computer programmers check the code for mistakes and fix them.

Duties

Computer programmers typically do the following:

  • Write programs in a variety of computer languages, such as C++ and Java
  • Update and expand existing programs
  • Test programs for errors and fix the faulty lines of computer code responsible
  • Create and test code in an integrated development environment (IDE)
  • Use code libraries, which are collections of independent lines of code, to simplify the writing

Programmers work closely with software developers, and in some businesses their duties overlap. When such overlap occurs, programmers can do work that is typical of developers, such as designing the program. Program design entails planning the software initially, creating models and flowcharts detailing how the code is to be written, writing and debugging code, and designing an application or systems interface. Programmers often use an IDE, which allows them to create, edit, and test code.

A program’s purpose determines the complexity of its computer code. For example, a weather application for a mobile device will require less programming than a social-networking application. Simpler programs can be written in less time. Complex programs, such as computer operating systems, can take a year or more to complete.

Software-as-a-service (SaaS), which consists of applications provided through the Internet, is a growing field. Although programmers typically need to rewrite their programs to work on different system platforms, such as Windows or OS X, applications created with SaaS work on all platforms. Accordingly, programmers writing SaaS applications may not have to rewrite as much code as other programmers do and can instead spend more time writing new programs.

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How To Become A Senior Application 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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Average Length of Employment
Staff Programmer 5.2 years
Programmer Analyst 3.8 years
Senior Programmer 3.4 years
Lead Programmer 3.1 years
Application Lead 2.9 years
Programmer 2.6 years
Top Careers Before Senior Application Programmer
Programmer 8.8%
Consultant 4.9%
Analyst 2.4%
Supervisor 2.1%
Top Careers After Senior Application Programmer
Consultant 10.3%
Manager 3.7%
President 2.1%

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Senior Application Programmer Demographics

Gender

Male

73.2%

Female

22.8%

Unknown

4.0%
Ethnicity

White

56.6%

Asian

17.5%

Hispanic or Latino

11.9%

Black or African American

10.8%

Unknown

3.2%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Hindi

25.0%

Spanish

25.0%

German

12.5%

Kannada

12.5%

Urdu

12.5%

Tamil

12.5%
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Senior Application Programmer Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

14.8%

University of Tennessee - Chattanooga

5.6%

University of Nebraska - Lincoln

5.6%

Brigham Young University

5.6%

Pennsylvania State University

5.6%

Lincoln Land Community College

5.6%

New Jersey Institute of Technology

5.6%

University of Tennessee - Knoxville

5.6%

California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo

5.6%

Ferris State University

3.7%

Villanova University

3.7%

Mount Vernon Nazarene University

3.7%

University of Louisville

3.7%

Queens College of the City University of New York

3.7%

Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania

3.7%

University of the West

3.7%

Iowa State University

3.7%

University of Toledo

3.7%

University of Houston

3.7%

University of Pittsburgh -

3.7%
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Majors

Computer Science

24.0%

Business

12.0%

Computer Information Systems

9.8%

Computer Applications

7.1%

Computer Engineering

6.6%

Information Technology

5.5%

Electrical Engineering

4.4%

Computer Programming

3.8%

Management

3.3%

Management Information Systems

3.3%

Computer Technical Support

3.3%

Information Systems

2.7%

Mathematics

2.2%

Finance

2.2%

Health Care Administration

2.2%

Systems Engineering

1.6%

Psychology

1.6%

Engineering

1.6%

Accounting

1.6%

Project Management

1.1%
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Degrees

Bachelors

41.5%

Masters

33.5%

Other

13.1%

Associate

8.1%

Certificate

1.7%

Diploma

1.3%

Doctorate

0.8%
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Real Senior Application Programmer Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Senior Application Programmer Aislefire Labs, Inc. Fremont, CA Mar 09, 2015 $155,000
Senior Applications Programmer IBG LLC Greenwich, CT Feb 04, 2014 $155,000 -
$165,000
Application Programmer-Senior TSR Consulting Services, Inc. Irving, TX Dec 12, 2016 $147,060
SR. Applications Programmer IBG LLC Greenwich, CT May 13, 2015 $144,000 -
$195,000
Senior Application Programmer Software Guidance & Assistance, Inc. Tampa, FL Jul 13, 2015 $142,667
Business Application Programmer Senior Staff Lockheed Martin Operations Support, Inc. Arlington, VA Aug 22, 2014 $122,997 -
$132,997
Application Programmer III SR Blue Shield of California San Francisco, CA Sep 16, 2015 $121,222 -
$130,000
SR. Programmer, Salesforce Custom Applications 8X8, Inc. San Jose, CA Sep 28, 2015 $120,349
Senior Web & Applications Programmer Queens Borough Public Library NY Nov 07, 2014 $120,000
Applications Programmer, SR. Staff Broadcom Corporation Irvine, CA Mar 22, 2016 $119,725
Application Programmer 3 SR Blue Shield of California El Dorado Hills, CA May 25, 2016 $117,200
Applications Programmer Senior Consultant Ciber, Inc. Orlando, FL Jun 22, 2015 $115,300
SR. Application Programmer Axelon Services Corporation Tampa, FL Nov 15, 2016 $115,200
Senior Mainframe Applications Programmer Intellisoft Technologies, Inc. Norwalk, CA Dec 03, 2014 $93,267
Application Programmer III SR Blue Shield of California San Francisco, CA Aug 26, 2015 $92,400 -
$130,000
Senior Consultant-Applications Programmer/Analys BOOZ Allen Hamilton Inc. Arlington, VA Feb 03, 2014 $92,235
SR. Application Programmer/Architect Merchant Cash & Capital, LLC New York, NY Jun 03, 2016 $91,562 -
$105,000
Applications Programmer SR. University of Michigan Ann Arbor, MI Sep 08, 2016 $91,000
SR. Application Programmer Logixtech Solutions, LLC Warren, NJ Apr 05, 2014 $90,764
Business Application Programmer Senior Lockheed Martin Operations Support, Inc. Arlington, VA Oct 21, 2015 $90,064 -
$100,064
Senior Application Programmer Strategic Resources International, Inc. Berlin, NJ Nov 22, 2016 $75,000
Senior Application Progammer IBM India Private Limited Sacramento, CA Jul 31, 2016 $74,825
Senior Application Programmer IBM India Private Limited Sacramento, CA Jul 31, 2016 $74,825
Onsite Senior Application Programmer IBM India Private Limited Lebanon, NJ May 08, 2014 $74,657 -
$86,807
Senior Application Programmer IBM India Private Limited Alpharetta, GA Jun 12, 2015 $74,630

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Top Skills for A Senior Application Programmer

  1. Database
  2. SQL
  3. Web
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  • Performed database administration tasks, including data compaction and reorganization, and maintenance of user-level database security.
  • Checked, debugged, and maintained 40+ various program, including addition of complex reporting capabilities using Crystal Reports and Transact-SQL.
  • Participated in many projects development involving getting requirements from users, designing, coding and implementing of database and web sites.
  • Managed Mainframes and supported program compilers and debugged processes.
  • Developed and maintained custom financial software applications in an IBM mainframe computer environment using COBOL programming.

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