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What is Computer Programming?
Computer programming is the area of study and field of employment that deal with constructing software that communicates with the hardware within a computer in order to successfully run applications. The types of software written will vary, and includes the field of video games, word processing, image development, video editing and more. Computer programmers are required to understand in depth of the chosen language in order to be able to program effectively and minimize bugs within the coding of the software.
A degree in computer graphics demonstrates that an individual has all the skills to write and maintain software on a given platform. Computer programming requires an individual to be analytical, have a good knowledge of math, and to approach problems with logic. There are various educational programs offering certificates or degrees available to aspiring computer programmers, though the most common one pursued is the bachelor's of science.
Classes offered may include:
- Introduction to Computing
- Programming Concepts
- Data Structures
- Discrete Mathematics
- Concepts and Facilities of Operating Systems
Jobs for computer programming are expected to grow well above average as the demand for software, middleware and applications continues to grow. Some computer programmers may wish to obtain certification for a particular tool or piece of software as the job demands to increase his or her value and income. Though it is possible to obtain work as a programmer without a formal education; most companies look for individuals with at least a bachelor's degree and practical demonstrable experience. Some individuals may pursue an education in computer programming to assist them in their primary field, such as accounting or business management, and some jobs will prefer individuals whose background relates to the software being developed.
Salary and Related Fields
The average salary of a computer programmer is $69,000, but can be higher depending on the field in which the programmer specializes, and there is expectations that the average salary will increase as more forms of computing devices become available, requiring more and more capable programmers.
Some possible careers for computer programmers:
- Video Game Designer
- Internal Systems Engineer
- Software Engineer
- Systems Administrator
- Application Designer
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