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Computer Programming

What Computer Programmers Do

Computer programmers write code to create software programs. They turn the program designs created by software developers and engineers into instructions that a computer can follow.

Work Environment

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

How to Become a Computer Programmer

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


The median annual wage of computer programmers was $71,380 in May 2010.

Job Outlook

Employment of computer programmers is expected to increase 12 percent from 2010 to 2020, about as fast as the average for all occupations. Since computer programming can be done from anywhere in the world, companies often hire programmers in countries that have lower wages.

Quick Facts: Computer Programmers
2010 Median Pay $71,380 per year
Entry-Level Education Bachelor’s degree
On-the-job Training None
Number of Jobs, 2010 363,100
Job Outlook, 2010-20 12% growth rate

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