|Quick Facts: Computer Programmers|
$93,000 per year
$44.71 per hour
Computer programmers write, modify, and test code and scripts that allow computer software and applications to function properly.
Programmers usually work in office settings, most commonly in the computer systems design and related services industry. Most computer programmers work full time.
Computer programmers typically need a bachelor’s degree to enter the occupation. Most programmers specialize in several programming languages.
The median annual wage for computer programmers was $93,000 in May 2021.
Employment of computer programmers is projected to decline 10 percent from 2021 to 2031.
Despite declining employment, about 9,600 openings for computer programmers are projected each year, on average, over the decade. All of those openings are expected to result from the need to replace workers who transfer to other occupations or exit the labor force, such as to retire.
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