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Get a Computer Programming Job

Get a Computer Programming Job


May 27, 2008

Computer programmers write, test, and maintain software applications. Programmers also conceive, design, and test logical structures for solving problems by computer. Job titles and descriptions may vary, depending on the organization, and this group has a wide range of responsibilities and educational backgrounds.

Applications programmers write programs to handle a specific job, such as a program to track inventory within an organization. They also may revise existing packaged software or customize generic applications purchased from vendors. Systems programmers write programs to maintain and control computer systems software, such as operating systems, networked systems, and database systems.

Median Salary


Education Requirements

Almost 8 out of 10 computer programmers held an associate’s degree or higher in 2006; nearly half held a bachelor’s degree, and 2 out of 10 held a graduate degree. Job prospects will be best for applicants with a bachelor’s degree and experience with a variety of programming languages and tools. Obtaining vendor-specific or language-specific certification also can provide a competitive edge.

Next Steps

  1. Get an IT Degree
  2. Get Some Experience
  3. Get Certified
  4. Brush Up Your IT Resume
  5. Look For an IT Job
  6. Prepare for Your Interviews
  7. Nail the Salary Negotiation

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