Computer Programmer Careers

careers for computer programmersCareer Overview

Computer programmers, also known as software engineers, design and write the computer code the for computer software. When designing computer software, science and mathematical tools are used to create and test the software to ensure that it works properly. This is an ever changing career field. Computer programmers are constantly creating new software programs and updating their skills to stay competitive in today’s computer industry.

Education Requirement

Bachelor’s Degree

Program Recommendations:

Computer Science
Mathematics
Computer Engineering Systems

Larger employers, management positions, and more complicated jobs often require a master’s degree. Most computer programmers work for software companies, manufacturers of computer and electronic devices, financial companies, and insurance providers. Computer programmers also work for local, state, and federal governments.

Top School’s for Computer Programmers:

University of Phoenix
AIU Online
Strayer University
Baker College Online
Kaplan University

Career Trends

Average Salary for Computer Programmers in 2008: $85,400

Jobs in 2008 for Computer Programmers: 1,336,300

Projected employment openings for Computer Programmers through 2018: 1,619,300

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Operations Research Analysts
Statisticians

Article Reference: Bureau of Labor Statistics

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