Computer Programmers

Education

Most computer programmers have a bachelor's degree; however, some employers hire workers who have an associate's degree. Most programmers get a degree in computer science or a related subject. Programmers who work in specific fields, such as healthcare or accounting, may take classes in that field to supplement their degree in computer programming. In addition, employers value experience, which many students gain through internships.

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Military Training

Job training consists of classroom instruction, depending upon the specialty area. Further training occurs on the job and through advanced courses in specific computer systems and languages. Course content typically includes:

  • Use of computers and peripheral equipment
  • Computer systems concepts
  • Planning, designing, and testing computer systems
  • Program structuring, coding, and debugging
  • Use of current programming languages
  • Computer security issues
  • Network management

Certifications or Licenses

Programmers can become certified in specific programming languages or for vendor-specific programming products. Some companies require their computer programmers to be certified in the products they...

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General Qualifications

Analytical skills. Computer programmers must understand complex instructions in order to create computer code. Concentration. Programmers must be able to work at a computer, writing lines of code for...

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Knowledge

  • Computers and Electronics
  • English Language
  • Mathematics
  • Customer and Personal Service
  • Administration and Management

Most Common Education Levels

The level of education attained by people currently working in this career.

Most Common Education

Schools with the Highest Enrollment for Featured Major

Schools with the Highest Enrollment for Featured Major
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School
Number of Students
Ivy Tech Community College
179,191
Ashford University
119,102
Lone Star College System
99,679
Grand Canyon University
92,552
Northern Virginia Community Co...
77,332
University of Minnesota-Twin C...
64,579
Texas A & M University-College...
62,377
Arizona State University-Tempe
53,582
Indiana University-Bloomington
50,692
University of Washington-Seatt...
50,006
Data supplied by Bureau of Labor Statistics, National Center of Education Statistics, Defense Manpower Data Center. (View our update schedule). Contact any business, college or military service branch to answer additional questions.

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