|Quick Facts: Computer Programmers|
|2014 Median Pay||
$77,550 per year
$37.28 per hour
|Typical Entry-Level Education||Bachelor's degree|
|Work Experience in a Related Occupation||None|
|Number of Jobs, 2014||328,600|
|Job Outlook, 2014-24||-8% (Decline)|
|Employment Change, 2014-24||-26,500|
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.
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 $77,550 in May 2014.
Employment of computer programmers is projected to decline 8 percent from 2014 to 2024. Computer programming can be done from anywhere in the world, so companies sometimes hire programmers in countries where wages are lower.
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