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Working As A Software 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

  • $69,100

    Average Salary

What Does A Software 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 Software 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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Software Programmer Career Paths

Software Programmer
Programmer Senior Programmer Analyst Senior Software Engineer
Chief Technology Officer
11 Yearsyrs
Senior Software Engineer Senior Systems Engineer Systems Administrator
Director Of Information
10 Yearsyrs
Lead Technician Systems Administrator Senior Software Engineer
Director Of Software Development
12 Yearsyrs
Web Developer Technical Consultant Network Administrator
Information Systems Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Software Developer Senior Software Engineer
Lead Developer
6 Yearsyrs
Software Engineer Senior Software Engineer
Lead Technician
6 Yearsyrs
Software Developer Applications Developer Senior Software Engineer
Principal Software Engineer
10 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Consultant/Project Manager Senior Business Analyst
Product Owner
9 Yearsyrs
NET Developer Lead Developer Project Leader
Quality Assurance Lead
6 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Construction Manager Quality Control Manager
Quality Assurance Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Programmer Analyst Systems Analyst Senior Software Engineer
Senior .NET Developer
6 Yearsyrs
Java Developer Interactive Developer Senior Software Engineer
Senior ETL Developer
5 Yearsyrs
Senior Software Engineer Business Analyst Information Technology Manager
Senior Information Technology Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Programmer Analyst Senior Programmer Analyst Senior Software Engineer
Senior Java Developer
6 Yearsyrs
Project Leader Data Analyst SAS Programmer
Senior Programmer
5 Yearsyrs
Programmer Senior Programmer
Senior Programmer Analyst
7 Yearsyrs
Lead Technician Technical Support Specialist Quality Assurance Analyst
Senior Quality Assurance Analyst
6 Yearsyrs
Java Developer Applications Developer Senior Software Engineer
Senior Quality Assurance Engineer
7 Yearsyrs
Software Engineer Systems Analyst
Senior Software Engineer
6 Yearsyrs
NET Developer Interactive Developer
Senior Web Developer
6 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Programmer Analyst 4.0 years
Senior Programmer 3.4 years
Software Architect 3.2 years
Software Engineer 3.2 years
Lead Programmer 3.1 years
Software Designer 3.0 years
Software Developer 2.7 years
Programmer 2.6 years
Software Analyst 2.6 years
Contract Developer 2.3 years
Java Developer 2.3 years
Developer 2.2 years
Web Programmer 2.0 years
Java Web Developer 1.8 years
Junior Programmer 1.8 years
J2ee Developer 1.8 years
Java Programmer 1.7 years
Java Consultant 1.7 years
Junior Developer 1.4 years
Top Employers Before
Programmer 9.4%
Consultant 4.7%
Developer 3.9%
Internship 2.9%
Top Employers After
Consultant 5.2%
Developer 3.9%
Programmer 3.5%

Software Programmer Demographics

Gender

Male

67.1%

Female

28.1%

Unknown

4.8%
Ethnicity

White

53.1%

Asian

34.0%

Hispanic or Latino

7.0%

Unknown

4.7%

Black or African American

1.2%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

25.5%

French

10.9%

Chinese

7.3%

Hindi

7.3%

Korean

7.3%

Carrier

5.5%

Mandarin

5.5%

German

3.6%

Hebrew

3.6%

Japanese

3.6%

Russian

3.6%

Portuguese

1.8%

Khmer

1.8%

Telugu

1.8%

Malayalam

1.8%

Marathi

1.8%

Kannada

1.8%

Tamil

1.8%

Arabic

1.8%

Thai

1.8%
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Software Programmer Education

Schools

Texas A&M University

7.6%

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

7.6%

University of Houston

6.8%

University of Texas at Dallas

5.9%

National University

5.1%

University of New Orleans

5.1%

Rochester Institute of Technology

5.1%

University of Southern California

5.1%

University of Texas at Austin

5.1%

George Mason University

5.1%

University of Phoenix

5.1%

Syracuse University

4.2%

Illinois Institute of Technology

4.2%

George Washington University

4.2%

University of California - Irvine

4.2%

Arizona State University

4.2%

San Diego State University

4.2%

Purdue University

4.2%

Florida International University

3.4%

University of Central Missouri

3.4%
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Majors

Computer Science

34.9%

Computer Engineering

9.4%

Electrical Engineering

9.0%

Computer Applications

8.4%

Business

5.3%

Information Technology

5.3%

Computer Information Systems

5.1%

Engineering

4.2%

Information Systems

2.4%

Finance

2.3%

Mathematics

2.3%

Management Information Systems

1.7%

Electrical Engineering Technology

1.5%

Management

1.4%

Mechanical Engineering

1.3%

Chemistry

1.2%

Communication

1.2%

Computer Programming

1.1%

Education

1.0%

Computer Networking

1.0%
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Degrees

Bachelors

45.1%

Masters

36.4%

Other

9.1%

Associate

3.6%

Doctorate

2.6%

Certificate

1.8%

Diploma

1.3%

License

0.1%
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Real Software Programmer Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Software Programmer Data Glove Inc. Princeton, NJ Oct 12, 2015 $150,000
Software Programmer Data Glove Inc. Princeton, NJ Jan 22, 2016 $150,000
Software Programmer Pluribus Networks, Inc. Palo Alto, CA Jun 22, 2016 $140,000
Software Programmer Data Glove Incorporated Princeton, NJ May 17, 2016 $138,994
Software Programmer Data Glove Inc. Alpharetta, GA Sep 11, 2015 $133,000
Software Programmer Data Glove Inc. Alpharetta, GA Sep 09, 2015 $133,000
Software Programmer Data Glove Inc. Princeton, NJ May 23, 2016 $131,481
Java Software Programmer Eastbanc Technologies, LLC Washington, DC Jan 10, 2016 $130,000
Software Programmer Data Glove Inc. Princeton, NJ Jul 28, 2015 $130,000
.NET Software Programmer Eastbanc Technologies, LLC Washington, DC Jan 09, 2016 $125,000
Software Programmer Ubertal Inc. San Francisco, CA Sep 18, 2016 $121,046
Software Programmer Srinav, Inc. Fremont, CA Sep 27, 2016 $120,000
Software Programmer Collabrium Systems, LLC Harrisburg, PA Jan 10, 2016 $71,400
Software Programmer CES USA Inc. Bolingbrook, IL Oct 28, 2016 $71,400
Software Programmer TK20, Inc. Austin, TX Sep 01, 2015 $71,386
Software Programmer IBM Corporation Austin, TX Aug 11, 2015 $71,386 -
$136,548
Software Programmer IBM Corporation Austin, TX Jul 29, 2015 $71,386 -
$136,548
Software Programmer Architect BLU Age Corporation Plano, TX Sep 22, 2015 $71,000
Software Programmer Architect BLU Age Corporation Plano, TX Sep 15, 2015 $71,000
Software Programmer Object Frontier, Inc. Alpharetta, GA Apr 09, 2016 $71,000
Software Programmer Parasol Systems LLC Philadelphia, PA Sep 09, 2016 $63,170
Software Programmer-SAP Parasol Systems LLC Philadelphia, PA Sep 09, 2016 $63,170
Software Programmer Parasol Systems LLC Philadelphia, PA Sep 16, 2016 $63,170
Software Programmer Data Systems Integration Group Inc. Charlotte, NC Jul 20, 2015 $63,128
Software Programmer II Ms International, Inc. Orange, CA Aug 24, 2015 $63,000
Software Programmer Object Frontier, Inc. Alpharetta, GA Mar 24, 2015 $63,000

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Top Skills for A Software Programmer

Pl/SqlDatabaseDesignWebFormsSQLServerWindowsNTASPHtmlJavascriptProceduresC#.NETXMLUserInterfaceC/C++DifferentModulesCSSJSPServletsManagementSystemUnixAjax

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Top Software Programmer Skills

  1. Pl/Sql
  2. Database Design
  3. Web Forms
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Developed back-end PL/SQL procedures for implementing business processes.
  • Conceptualized and implemented new method for improving database design process.
  • Designed and developed Web Forms using ASP.NET, for the user interface.
  • Design application table structures within MS SQL Server which included primary and foreign key, indexes and Default constraints.
  • Programmed banking software in both DOS and Windows NT format.

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