Computer programmers write and test code that allows computer
applications and software programs to function properly. They turn the program
designs created by software developers and engineers into instructions that a
computer can follow.
Programmers usually work in offices, most commonly in the computer systems design and related services industry.
How to Become a Computer Programmer
Most computer programmers have a bachelor’s degree; however, some employers hire workers with an associate’s degree. Most programmers specialize in a few programming languages.
The median annual wage for computer programmers was $82,240 in May 2017.
Employment of computer programmers is projected to decline 7 percent by 2026. Computer programming can be done from anywhere in the world, so companies sometimes hire programmers in countries where wages are lower.