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Exploring the Career of A Computer Programmer I Job Description ARole of Computer Programmer BNature of Work II Educational Preparation AHigh School BPostsecondary Education III Potential Earnings ALowest Paid BAverage Median CHighest Paid IV Possible Benefits ADiscounts BUse of Company Equipment V Possible Liabilities AEye Strain BBack Discomfort CCarpal Tunnel Syndrome The rapid spread of computers in todays society has bought forth the demand for more people to build write programs for and repair computers Computer engineers do the building while computer analysts do the repairs but the ones that write the programs for these machines are computer programmers Computer programmers write code test and debug detailed instructions for the computer known as programs Programs list in a logical order the steps a computer must execute to perform their function Programmers often are categorized as technicians However many technical innovations in programming such as advanced computing technologies sophisticated new languages and programming tools have cahnged the role of a programmer and elevated much of the programming work done today It is becoming more difficult to distinguish programmers from other computer specialist since job titles shift so rapidly reflecting new areas of specialization or changes in technology Job titles and descriptions also may vary depending on the organization In this paper computer programmer refers to individuals whose main job function is programming this group has a wide range of responsibilities and educational backgrounds Eberts 12 Computer programs tell the computer what to do such as which information to identify and access how to process it and what equipment to use Programs vary widely depending upon the type of information to be accessed or generated For example the instructions involved in updating financial records are very different from those required to duplicate conditions on board an aircraft for pilots stand training in a flight simulator Eberts 12
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