|Quick Facts: Computer Programmers|
|2010 Median Pay||
$71,380 per year
$34.32 per hour
|Entry-Level Education||Bachelor’s degree|
|Work Experience in a Related Occupation||None|
|Number of Jobs, 2010||363,100|
|Job Outlook, 2010-20||12% (About as fast as average)|
|Employment Change, 2010-20||43,700|
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.
Computer programmers usually work in offices, most commonly in the computer systems design and related services industry and information services industry.
Most computer programmers have a bachelor’s degree; however, some employers hire workers with an associate’s degree. Most programmers specialize in a few programming languages.
The median annual wage of computer programmers was $71,380 in May 2010.
Employment of computer programmers is expected to increase 12 percent from 2010 to 2020, about as fast as the average for all occupations. Since computer programming can be done from anywhere in the world, companies often hire programmers in countries that have lower wages.
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