Computer Programmer

Computer Programmer

Without the code written by computer programmers, even the most impressive software cannot be read by computers. Computer programmers are responsible for developing and writing programs to store, locate and retrieve data and information. The possibilities for specialization are virtually endless.
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Job Outlook 2012-2022*

8% projected growth

 
Education/Training Required

Minimum = Associate's degree
Preferred = Bachelor's degree

 
Responsibilities*
  • Write programs in a variety of computer languages, such as C++ and Java
  • Update and expand existing programs
  • Debug programs by testing for and fixing errors
  • Build and use computer-assisted software engineering (CASE) tools to automate the writing of some code
  • Use code libraries, which are collections of independent lines of code, to simplify the writing
 
Average Wages in Arkansas**

Annual = $71,620
Hourly = $34.43

*Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2014-15 Edition, Computer Programmers, on the Internet at http://www.bls.gov/ooh/computer-and-information-technology/computer-programmers.htm (visited April 22, 2015).
**Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Employment Statistics, May 2014 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates Arkansas, on the Internet at http://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes_ar.htm#49-0000 (visited April 22, 2015).