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Working As A Senior 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

  • $87,654

    Average Salary

What Does A Senior Programmer Do

A Senior Programmer develops operations solutions through guiding the development of program specifications and leading programmers. They develop, test, and implement IT solutions.

How To Become A Senior 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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Senior Programmer Career Paths

Senior Programmer
Project Leader Business Analyst Information Technology Manager
Chief Information Officer
11 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Consultant Senior Software Engineer
Chief Technology Officer
11 Yearsyrs
Senior Consultant Senior Manager
Director Of Information
10 Yearsyrs
Software Developer Applications Developer Senior Software Engineer
Director Of Software Development
12 Yearsyrs
Business Analyst Senior Manager Director Of Information
Director, Applications
13 Yearsyrs
Software Developer Technical Consultant Network Administrator
Information Systems Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Software Engineer Systems Engineer Systems Administrator
Information Technology Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Senior Programmer Analyst Senior Software Engineer
Lead Developer
6 Yearsyrs
Senior Consultant Senior Project Manager Senior Product Manager
Product Management Director
12 Yearsyrs
Project Leader Operations Manager Business Analyst
Product Owner
9 Yearsyrs
Senior Software Engineer Project Leader Project Manager
Program Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Systems Analyst Systems Engineer Senior Software Engineer
Senior .NET Developer
6 Yearsyrs
Lead Technician Technical Support Specialist Information Technology Manager
Senior Information Technology Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Software Engineer Senior Software Engineer
Senior Java Developer
6 Yearsyrs
Lead Technician Systems Administrator Software Engineer
Senior Programmer Analyst
7 Yearsyrs
Senior Software Engineer Senior Consultant Project Manager
Senior Project Manager
12 Yearsyrs
Senior Programmer Analyst Senior Systems Analyst
Senior Software Engineer
6 Yearsyrs
Systems Analyst Business Analyst
Senior Systems Analyst
7 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Information Technology Project Manager Director Of Information
Vice President Of Information Technology
12 Yearsyrs
Business Analyst Information Technology Manager Technical Director
Vice President, Technology
11 Yearsyrs
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Senior Programmer Demographics

Gender

  • Male

    75.6%
  • Female

    20.4%
  • Unknown

    4.0%

Ethnicity

  • White

    67.7%
  • Asian

    20.4%
  • Hispanic or Latino

    7.7%
  • Unknown

    3.3%
  • Black or African American

    0.9%
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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

    31.6%
  • French

    10.5%
  • Japanese

    7.9%
  • Chinese

    6.6%
  • German

    6.6%
  • Italian

    5.3%
  • Hindi

    3.9%
  • Korean

    3.9%
  • Carrier

    3.9%
  • Mandarin

    2.6%
  • Russian

    2.6%
  • Portuguese

    2.6%
  • Arabic

    2.6%
  • Romanian

    1.3%
  • Danish

    1.3%
  • Indonesian

    1.3%
  • Hungarian

    1.3%
  • Wolof

    1.3%
  • Bosnian

    1.3%
  • Bengali

    1.3%
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Real Senior Programmer Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Senior Programme Director Axon Solutions, Inc. Savannah, GA Apr 12, 2015 $235,909
Senior Knit Programmer NIKE, Inc. Beaverton, OR Nov 30, 2015 $160,000
SR Graphics Programmer Magic Leap, Inc. Dania Beach, FL Jun 20, 2016 $160,000
SR. Graphics Programmer Magic Leap, Inc. Mountain View, CA Jun 28, 2016 $160,000
Senior Graphics Programmer Magic Leap, Inc. Mountain View, CA Oct 24, 2016 $150,000
Senior Programmer MacRosoft Inc. Parsippany-Troy Hills, NJ Mar 18, 2015 $146,827
Senior Programmer Contech Systems, Inc. Ridgefield, NJ Sep 19, 2016 $146,090
SR. Oracle Clinical Programmer & Global Librarian .02 Advanced Clinical Holdings LLC Cambridge, MA Sep 09, 2016 $145,600
SR. Oracle Clinical Programmer & Global Librarian .02 Advanced Clinical Holdings LLC Cambridge, MA Jun 20, 2016 $145,600
SR. .NET Programmer Modis, Inc. Jacksonville, FL Jan 09, 2016 $142,064
Senior Programmer Anayst Genomic Health, Inc. Redwood City, CA Jul 25, 2016 $140,000
Senior Programmer Rockstar San Diego, Inc. Carlsbad, CA Jul 15, 2015 $138,000
Senior Statistical Programmer I Chiltern International, Inc. Libertyville, IL Jun 13, 2015 $137,944
SR. Programmer Softech International Resource, Inc. Norcross, GA Jun 16, 2015 $102,400
Senior Statistical Programmer Parexel International Billerica, MA Oct 20, 2016 $102,274
Senior Statistical Programmer Inventiv Health Clinical LLC Austin, TX Oct 19, 2015 $102,000
Senior Statistical Programmer 2 Chiltern International, Inc. Laredo, TX Oct 28, 2016 $101,977
Senior Programmer Anaylst R3 Technology, Inc. Austin, TX Apr 27, 2015 $101,920
Senior Statistical Programmer Inventiv Health Clinical LLC Princeton, NJ Dec 17, 2015 $101,430
Senior Statistical Programmer Quintiles, Inc. Morrisville, NC Jul 09, 2016 $89,922
Senior Programmer Lead IBM India Private Limited Mahwah, NJ Aug 30, 2016 $89,901
Senior Programmer Lead IBM India Private Limited Mahwah, NJ Dec 08, 2016 $89,901
Senior Programmer Lead IBM India Private Limited Mahwah, NJ Jun 07, 2016 $89,901
Senior Statistical Programmer Inventiv Health Clinical LLC Princeton, NJ Jun 23, 2015 $89,445
SR. Statistical Programmer Experis Us, Inc. San Francisco, CA Jan 08, 2015 $89,378 -
$116,480
Senior SAP Programmer Telephone and Data Systems, Inc. Middleton, WI Mar 09, 2015 $89,300
SR. Programmer Softech International Resource, Inc. Norcross, GA Aug 05, 2015 $88,941

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Top Skills for A Senior Programmer

SQLServerDatabaseDesignWebApplicationProceduresWindowsNTASPC#.NETJavascriptHtmlXMLUnixUserInterfaceDB2MainframeFinancialManagementSystemC++JCLPl/SqlWebServices

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Top Senior Programmer Skills

  1. SQL Server
  2. Database Design
  3. Web Application
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Created SQL server based reports and crystal reports.
  • Involved in database design, normalization, indexing, creating stored procedures, views, in Oracle 10g.
  • Developed web applications and internal web/desktop applications for the Internet Development department.
  • Developed J2EE components for various utility classes to include email, calling stored procedures and JMS.
  • Programmed with Perl and Cold Fusion to create dynamic web documents on Windows NT integrated with Oracle Database.

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