What is a Programmer?
A programmer is some who writes code in order to create computer software. The terms covers both specialist programmers who are highly skilled in one area of programming or one programming language as well as those who have a more generalist approach and are able to write software for many different kinds of software.
How to become a Programmer
There are many routes in to Programming Jobs, however the most common nowadays is to have gone to university and studied a relevant subject such as computer science.
It is important to have a good knowledge of at least one programming language so you should aim to get as much practice working with your chosen language as possible.
As well as university there are other ways to get started as a programmer. For example you can try Programming classes with the likes of the Home Learning College, or gain experience by creating your own software and demonstrating it to companies at interview.
What to expect from life as a programmer
As a programmer you are likely to be expected to write, test, debug and maintain computer programs that computers must follow in order to carry out their functions. In programmer jobs you will be expected to take the specifications handed to you by a senior programmer or systems analyst and ensure you have interpreted the task correctly. The design process will then be completed and handed to the programmer in order to convert that design in to logical instructions that the computer can process to deliver the desired outcome.
As a programmer you are likely to be exposed to many differing programming languages. Programming languages are used for different purposes and so you are likely to be exposed to more than one. Some of the most popular programming languages include C++, Java, PHP, COBOL and C#.
As well as coding for the program, programmers are also responsible for testing and debugging their code. The program is run and as bugs are found the programmer will make corrections before re-checking. This process is repeated until the code contains an acceptably low level of bugs.
The IT jobs market from a programmer’s perspective
The demand for programmers at the moment is lower than has been seen in previous years, however, those in programmer jobs are earning higher wages. The average salary for a programmer is currently £37,500. Entry level positions are offering wages of around £25,000 with highly skilled and experienced professionals taking home over £60,000.
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