Computer Programmer


What They 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.

Work Environment:

Programmers usually work in offices, most commonly in the computer systems design and related services industry.

How To Become One:

Most computer programmers have a bachelor’s degree; however, some employers hire workers with an associate’s degree. Most programmers specialize in a few programming languages.


The median annual wage for computer programmers was $79,530 in May 2015. The lowest 10 percent earn less than $44,450 and the highest 10 percent earn more than $130,800.

Job Outlook:

Employment of computer programmers is projected to decline 8 percent from 2014 to 2024. Computer programming can be done from anywhere in the world, so companies sometimes hire programmers in countries where wages are lower.


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