Career as a Computer Programmer


A Computer Programmer, or coder, is someone who writes computer software. The term computer programmer can refer to a specialist in one area of computer programming and write, design, debug, troubleshoot, and maintain source code related to various computer programs. They also ensure that all source code is written in programming languages that can be understood by the computer so that programs can then be used by end-users. They may also customize computer programs which were purchased from vendors.

Computer Programmers must know computer algorithms and application domains, and they may be required to work with vendors to test and approve their products. They must document the programs they write, and documentation should include charts, flowcharts, layouts, diagrams, and code comments and revision dates.

The duties of Computer Programmers includes to work with designers and content producers. They also write, modify, and debug software for server applications, write code to create multi-threaded, networked server applications. They also use source debuggers, program dumps, and performance monitoring tools, test and document software for server applications.

Work Environment

Technological advances allow more work to be done from remote locations, so some computer programmers are able to work from home. Most programmers though, do work in clean, comfortable offices and spend most of their time in front of a computer. They may be required to work overtime to meet deadlines or fix technical issues. They must be able to work in a team environment and always stay up-to-date with new technologies and programming languages that become available. Some may have to travel to vendors' or clients' offices, attend relevant classes, workshops or conferences, or train and coach new computer programmers.

Entry Level Education

  • Bachelor's / Master’s Degree in Computer Science, Information Technology (IT), or a related field.
  • Diploma in Computer Programming(DCP).

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