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    • Computer Programmer Christine Harris
    • Job Description Computer programmers write the step-by-step instructions that direct computers to process information. These instructions, called programs, tell the computer what to do in a series of logical steps.
    • Education Requirements – 1 of 2 ➢ ➢ ➢ ➢ ➢ Usually include at least a Bachelor's Degree in computer science, mathematics, or information systems, as well as knowledge of the major programming languages. Some employers will consider candidates with an Associates Degree or courses from a specialized training school. New hires are often required to know how to work with database systems. National certification courses are offered for most major computer languages. Private companies sometimes offer certification on their newer programming languages and software. Certification proves to an employer that a programmer knows that language and increases a programmer's job prospects.
    • Education Requirements – 2 of 2 ➢ ➢ ➢ ➢ . Large companies may have formal training programs. New programming languages and technologies continually arrive on the marketplace so programmers continue their training throughout their careers by attending seminars and continuing education courses. High school students interested in this type of work should study mathematics, computer science, and physics. Also computer programming courses or learning computer languages in their spare time is advantageous. Sometimes employers will hire inexperienced college graduates who show promise and send them to special computer training schools to update their skills at the company's expense
    • Qualifications Along with education, programmers should have strong analytical thinking skills, efficient problemsolving skills, an attention to details, be openminded and have the ability to work alone and on teams. A programmer should be knowledgeable about the characteristics of the business they are employed at such as finances for banking or artistic expression for graphic design programming.
    • Working Conditions ➢ ➢ ➢ ➢ ➢ ➢ Computer programmers work in clean, comfortable surroundings. Most programmers work a forty-hour week. Sometimes work during evenings and weekends is required. Often programmers work long hours to meet deadlines. Programmers work independently and also as part of a team. Programmers may have to travel to a client's location to work, especially if working for a consulting company.
    • Employers Computer Programmers work in software companies, banks, insurance companies, manufacturing, industry, engineering firms, government offices, hospitals, telecommunications, office equipment manufacturers and educational institutions. Some are self-employed on a contract by contract basis.
    • Earnings and Benefits ➢ ➢ ➢ Salaries are usually higher than those earned by non supervisory workers in other fields. Median annual wage for computer programmers in 2004 was $62,890 (reported by The Bureau of Labor Statistics) and more than $71,000 in 2010. With the top 10% making more than $114,180. Benefits vary according to individual employer, but most programmers receive paid vacations, sick leave, and insurance plans. Some companies offer profit sharing and pension plans..
    • Job Outlook for Computer Programmers ➢ ➢ ➢ ➢ Computer programmer was the No. 9-ranked job on U.S. News & World Report’s list of the best jobs of 2012. Federal government projections call for the number of programmer jobs to continue growing at least through the end of the decade. The number of computer programmers nationwide should expand by about 12% between 2010 and 2020, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). Programming can be done from anywhere, which has allowed companies to outsource some jobs to other countries.
    • Career Path Many experienced Computer Programmers advance to supervisor or higher levels. Business paths include systems analyst, business analyst, project manager, or systems architect.
    • Health Risks to Computer Programmers Because they spend all day sitting at a computer, programmers are susceptible to eye strain, back problems and carpel tunnel syndrome.
    • References http://www.newenglandcollegeonline.com/computer-programmer-jobdescription-and-salary/ http://www.bestjobdescriptions.com/it/computer-programmer-jobdescription http://www.ehow.com/about_6160334_job-description-computerprogrammer.html http://careers.stateuniversity.com/pages/199/Computer-Programmer.html