Computer programmers write and test code that allows computer applications and software programs to function properly.Work Environment
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.Pay
The median annual wage for computer programmers was $89,190 in May 2020.Job Outlook
Employment of computer programmers is projected to decline 10 percent from 2020 to 2030.
Despite declining employment, about 9,700 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.State & Area Data
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