Computer programmers write, modify and test code to produce software applications using a wide variety of coding languages, such as C++ and Java. Working with various other coders and developers, they propose and design programs that perform specific tasks, like tracking inventory, storing data, writing documents or controlling equipment.
Nights, weekends, holidays occasionally
A computer programmer will usually work between 40 and 50 hours per week, depending on projects, deadlines and unforeseen technical issues. That said, you will often need to work weekends, evenings and holidays to finish projects or troubleshoot an emergency. Telecommuting and remote working is possible.
Annual salary estimates are based on percentile wage data collected through the Occupational Employment Statistics (OES) survey of US workers.
DVM / VMD degree
Businesses will typically hire computer programmers who possess undergraduate degrees, particularly bachelor’s diplomas in computer science, information systems, mathematics and other related fields. It should be noted, however, that because of this ultra-competitive field and the globalised economy, many employers are increasingly requiring graduate and postgraduate education in these subjects, in addition to certificates that offer coursework in database management, structured query language (SQL) and programming logic.
Computer programmers typically begin their careers assisting software engineers with various duties, like identifying user needs or designing programs. With experience, they can become software engineers.
By keeping up with industry trends and building on your knowledge, you could eventually become a project manager, systems manager, information officer or an independent consultant.