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Computer Programmer The career I choose to research is computer programming Computer programmers write and maintain detailed instructions used to create software These instructions also called code are made up of different languages that a computer can recognize Because there are many language a programmer always needs to be able to learn new things Computers have always been a hobby for me and satisfy many needs that I require in a career In order to be a successful programmer there are many skills you must posses The most important skill is logic Because of all the detail and explicit instructions required to program software a person must be able to think logically In high school my strongest class was math Math is my favorite subject because it deals with breaking things down and simplifying them This is what programming is all about Another quality I have that relates to programming is patients About 80 percent of a programmers work time is spent debugging Debugging is the process of finding all the errors in the code and fix them This requires tons of patients because many of these errors are hard to seek out Also I love to solve problems In high school my computer science teacher would give us brain teasers and I would sit up all night until I figured it out A computer programmer must be able to receive a problem and find the most efficient way to solve it The three qualities I looked at in choosing a career are salary interesting work and being able to see that my work has created something People say that money isnt everything but it certainly does help In 1998 the median of annual earnings for a computer programmer were 47550 Half of these people earned between 37000 and 70500 a year These numbers are rising due to a growing demand of programmers Working with computers is almost always fun and exciting
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