Computer Programmers


Salary Median (2020)


Projected Job Growth (2019-2029)

-10.2% (decline)


What Computer Programmers Do

Create, modify, and test the code and scripts that allow computer applications to run. Work from specifications drawn up by software and web developers or other individuals. May develop and write computer programs to store, locate, and retrieve specific documents, data, and information.

Other Job Titles Computer Programmers May Have

Analyst Programmer, Computer Programmer, Programmer, Programmer Analyst

How Leaders Describe a Typical Day at Work

Founder & Executive Director ,

Hack Club

My job is to make sure Hack Club is working on the right things, has the right mission, has money in the bank, and has the right team working on those things. My days include a lot of conversations with the team regarding our roadmap, planning, and future casting. I also spend a lot of time focused on hiring and building out our team.

Senior Software Engineer ,


I work from home full-time. I sit at my computer, and work on assigned projects. I have a wide variety of work. I communicate with my manager and co-workers primarily by email. Working on software allows me to use my brain to devise solutions to stated problems or to add function to existing programs.

Tasks & Responsibilities May Include

  • Write, analyze, review, and rewrite programs, using workflow chart and diagram, and applying knowledge of computer capabilities, subject matter, and symbolic logic.
  • Correct errors by making appropriate changes and rechecking the program to ensure that the desired results are produced.
  • Perform or direct revision, repair, or expansion of existing programs to increase operating efficiency or adapt to new requirements.
  • Write, update, and maintain computer programs or software packages to handle specific jobs such as tracking inventory, storing or retrieving data, or controlling other equipment.
  • Consult with managerial, engineering, and technical personnel to clarify program intent, identify problems, and suggest changes.

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