Computer Programming

The ins-and-outs of becoming a programmer. By : Mirnes S

Computer programmer

Computer programming is becoming one of the most fastest growing jobs in the world due to the new technologies coming out. What a computer programmer does day-to-day basis is create and modify software that allow computer applications to run properly. This is necessary because if something is wrong, and production of that product continues, it can lead to malfunctions and crashes. Also, programmers make a code, conducting trial runs in programs to test them, and modifying and/or correcting them to get them working properly. If you want to work in this field, you should know the ins-and-outs of programming and how to get a program running. You can get this training at most colleges. Some colleges where you can get your certificate/degree is Triton, DePaul, and ITT Technical Institute. The work environment of a computer programmer is a technology company such as Google and Apple. One health risk is straining your eyes due to looking at a screen for a long periods of time. The job outlook for a programmer is good due to a bunch of new technology coming out that companies need programmers to make codes. The skills necessary for a programmer is critical thinking skills, reading comprehension skills, and being able to work for a deadline. The average salary of a programmer is $74,220 in Illinois.

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Career Connections

"I was working as a systems operator, and there’s a lot of idle time working in that field,” he says. “During those times, I started playing around with my computer, and soon enough I was self-taught in working with computer programming. I started working in the field, and then went back to college to get my degrees.” - Jeff L


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High School Preparation

Some related courses at Leyden that I can take in order to get prepared for a career in programming is TSI, Networking, and Computer Repair. I should take these courses because they can help me get some background knowledge on programming. Some extra-curricular activities I could take is App Developer Club and Computer Club. App Developer Club is the one I should really take because you have to program in this club in order to get the apps running. Working at Best Buy, Radioshack. This will show me how to fix computers. Also, someone there that has experience in coding and programming can show me how its done.
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References

A reference is someone who could vouch for you when you are getting into a college or getting a job. Some people that can be a reference for you is your teachers, your principle, and your former bosses.
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Post-Secondary Plans

Some related college majors that I can go for to be a programmer is Computer Graphics, Management Information Systems, General, Computer Programming/Programmer, General. I could get these degrees at DePaul University, Triton College, Oakton Community College, ITT Technical Institute, and Illinois Central College. Working at Best Buy, Radioshack. This will show me how to fix computers. Also, someone there that has experience in coding and programming can show me how its done.

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Video

This video shows what a computer programmer will do and what kind of education you need to be one.
Career & Technical Education - Computer Programming

Links

These links represent what a computer programmer will do on a day-to-day basis and also it shows how to program.