Computer Programmer

Bryan Alanis

Basic Information

Computer programmers have many jobs. They can create, test and modify code given to them by software developers. Code is something that allows computer applications to run. Some of their daily tasks include correcting errors in the code, they make sure everything is working correctly, and they sometimes work with other programmers although, they work alone most of the time.

Computer programmers need a lot of training and education. They even need to take classes while they have a job to keep up with the new languages. Most people look for a programmer that has a bachelors degree and a degree in computer science. They also want someone that has skills in programming, they have critical thinking skills, and they can solve complex problems.

Programmers usually work in offices and they work full time. Most of the time they work alone but they can work with other programmers on big projects.

Job Outlook

According to the job outlook from 2012 to 2022 is 8% which is as fast as average. The average median pay is $78, 280 per year or $35.71 per hour.
“A great lathe operator commands several times the wage of an average lathe operator, but a great writer of software code is worth 10,000 times the price of an average software writer.”
-Bill Gates

High School Preparation

There are many courses at Leyden that can help me get to the career that i want. For example, I'm going to take coding and computer repair and TSI during my sophomore year. I am also going to be involved in more clubs that are related to the career that I want. For instance, I'm going to join app developer club and computer club. I think that app developer club will be a big help because it will show me the steps I can take to create an app. I can also volunteer at places that have computer programmers so I can see what their day looks like and the things that they do.


References are people that can speak about you when you are applying for a job. It is important that you choose someone that likes you because they are more likely to say good things about you.

Ms. Curley, Italian Teacher, School District #212

Ms. Paulin, Global Studies Teacher, School District #212

Mr. Pecucci, Student Activity Director, School District #212

I can also add more references when I take classes related to my career next year if I do well in their class.

Post-Secondary Plans

In order to become a computer programmer people need at least a bachelors degree and a degree in computer science. They also need to take classes while on the job to keep up with the new computer languages that are constantly being created.

The best colleges and Universities for computer programmers according to are:

Carnegie Mellon University at Pittsburgh, PA

University of California-Berkeley at Berkeley, CA

Stanford University at Stanford, CA

and University of Illinois-Urbana Champaign

I can also get an internship at a famous company like Microsoft or Google.

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