Computer programmers write and test code that lets computer applications and software programs function properly. Applications and software use is still rising exponentially, so why is the projected number of jobs available for computer programmers declining? According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, "Computer programming can be done from anywhere in the world, so companies sometimes hire programmers in countries where wages are lower. This ongoing trend is projected to limit growth for computer programmers in the United States."
Their job duties may include various responsibilities:
Write programs in a variety of computer languages, such as C++ and Java
Update and expand existing programs
Test programs for errors and fix the faulty lines of computer code
Create and test code in an integrated development environment (IDE)
National Median Salary
*Figure represents national average. To view the average salary in your state visit the bureau of labor statistics.
Entry-level education requirements:
High school diploma/GED, bachelor’s degree
Job outlook (2014-24):
Declining (8 percent projected decline)*