Computer programmers write code to create software programs. They turn the program designs created by software developers and engineers into instructions that a computer can follow. Programmers must debug the programs — test them to ensure that they produce the expected results. If a program does not work correctly, they check the code for mistakes and fix them.
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Computer programmers usually work in offices, most commonly in the computer systems design and related services industry and the information service industry. Programmers normally work alone, but sometimes work with other computer specialists on large projects. Because writing codes can be done anywhere, many programmers telecommute.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of computer programmers is expected to grow 12 percent between 2010 and 2020, about as fast as the average for all occupations. Most computer programmers work in computer system design and related services, an industry which is expected to grow as a result of an increasing demand for new computer software. This includes software offered over the Internet, which should lower costs for firms and allow for more customization for users. In addition, new applications will have to be developed for mobile technology and the healthcare industry. An increase in computer systems that are built into electronics and into other non-computer products should result in some job growth for computer programmers and software developers.
Career information courtesy of the Bureau of Labor Statistics' Occupational Outlook Handbook.