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The occupation I chose was a Computer Programmer Computer programmers write test and maintain complicated programs or software that computers follow to do their funtion They also make up design and test logical structures for solving problems by computers There is a great need for computer programmers due to the innovations in computer technology Programmers tell the computer what to do such as what info in needs to identify and access how to process it and what equipment to use They write programs that use complex mathematical formulas In most cases several programmers have to work together Programmers generally work in offices in comfortable surroundings Many programmers work long hours or weekends to meet deadlines or fix crucial problems that come up during off hours Like other workers who spend a long time front of a computer terminal typing at a keyboard programmers usually get eyestrain back discomfort and hand and wrist problems like carpel tunnel syndrome Computer programmers held about 648000 jobs in 1998 Programmers are employed in almost every industry but the largest concentration is in the computer and data processing service industry which includes firms that write and sell software Employment for programmers is expected to grow faster than the average for all occupations through 2008 Jobs for both systems and applications programmers should be plentiful in data processing service firms software houses and computer consulting businesses These kinds of businesses are part of computer and data processing service which is the fastest growing industry in the economy As organizations attempt to control cost and keep up with changing technology they will maintain a need for programmers to assist in conversions to new computer languages and systems With all these factors in mind it is easy to see why programmers get paid more than the average worker Median annual earnings of computer programmers were 47550 in 1998 The middle 50 percent earned between 36020 and 70610 a year The lowest 10 percent
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