Computer Programmer


What computer programmers do?

Computer programmers write code to create software programs. They turn the program designs created by software developers and engineers into instructions that a computer can follow.

Quick Facts

  • 2010 Median Pay: $71,380 per year ,$34.32 per hour

  • Entry-Level Education: Bachelor degree

  • Number of Jobs, 2010: 363,100

  • Job Outlook, 2010-20: 12% (About as fast as average)

  • Employment Change, 2010-20: 43,700


  • Write programs in a variety of computer languages, such as C++ and Java
  • Update and expand existing programs
  • Debug programs by testing for and fixing errors
  • Build and use computer-assisted software engineering (CASE) tools to automate the writing of some code
  • Use code libraries, which are collections of independent lines of code, to simplify the writing

Most computer programmers work full time.

Colleges for Computer Programming