If you’ve considered pursuing a career in computer programming, listen up. The computer programming industry is a fast growing and essential industry in today’s tech driven world. Because computer programmers create the code for software and operating systems, most businesses need at least one computer programmer.
Some quick facts about the job:
- The annual median salary for computer programmers is about $64,700 according to Glassdoor.
- Most computer programmers work alone
- Jobs are usually full-time
- Half of all programming jobs are outside of technology (finance, manufacturing, healthcare)
But what does a computer programmer do? Computer programmers take a previously designed computer program (designed by software developer) and converts the design to code for the computer to follow. They run tests on the code, ensuring that it can run without errors. They also evaluate existing programs, on multiple operating systems, and update them as needed. They also work with their company’s web-based information system and develop that, as well as upgrade existing applications with new functionality.
Most computer programmers have a bachelor’s degree in computer science, information systems, or mathematics. Some programmers have different backgrounds, but have taken several programming classes.
In an increasingly competitive job market, it’s important that you have the best resume. Completing an internship is important for a lot of computer programmers. It’s also important that you know several programming languages (SQL, Java, Linux, C++, Python, etc.) and work to learn new ones. It’s also important that you have critical thinking and problem solving skills, as well as an attention to detail, the ability to listen well, and high reading comprehension.
Once you’ve got a basic computer programming background, it’s easy to choose an area to specialize in. Some programmers choose to specialize in web development, database development, mobile device programming, or even choose to specialize in a programming language. As more people specialize and branch into new areas of programming, the field will grow.
Not too late
A lot of people believe that if they haven’t been programming since they were in college, it’s too late to pursue their dream of becoming a computer programmer. Fortunately, it’s never too late. Computer programming is just learning how to talk to a computer and then executing commands to make it work for you. If you have the discipline and willingness to learn some new skills, you could start your journey toward computer programming today. You’ve got to start some time, and if you know you want to be a computer programmer, you may as well start today.