Computer Programmers

Create, modify, and test the code, forms, and script that allow computer applications to run. Work from specifications drawn up by software developers or other individuals. May assist software developers by analyzing user needs and designing software solutions. May develop and write computer programs to store, locate, and retrieve specific documents, data, and information.

Fast Facts

Hourly Pay
Entry Level: $23.24/hr
Median: $32.08/hr
Experienced: $40.49/hr

Current Employment
363 (2016)

Projected Employment
395 (2025)

Growth for Computer Programmers

2015 Jobs 2025 JobsChange (2015-2025)% Change (2015-2025)

Industries Employing Computer Programmers

IndustryOccupation Jobs in Industry (2016)% of Occupation in Industry (2016)% of Total Jobs in Industry (2016)
Computer Systems Design Services9526.0%2.5%
Custom Computer Programming Services6517.8%2.8%
Software Publishers4612.6%2.8%
Internet Publishing and Broadcasting and Web Search Portals154.1%0.6%
Computer Facilities Management Services154.0%2.7%

Occupational Tasks

  • Correct errors by making appropriate changes and rechecking the program to ensure that the desired results are produced.
    Conduct trial runs of programs and software applications to be sure they will produce the desired information and that the instructions are correct.
  • 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.
  • Write, analyze, review, and rewrite programs, using workflow chart and diagram, and applying knowledge of computer capabilities, subject matter, and symbolic logic.
  • Perform or direct revision, repair, or expansion of existing programs to increase operating efficiency or adapt to new requirements.