Wednesday 18 July 2012

Career as an IT Computer Software Programmer

A Computer Programmer writes code to create software programs, and convert the program designs created by software developers and engineers into instructions that a computer can follow. A programmer is involved in writing the code, testing it and debugging it for any errors or logical issues.

Programmer’s Motto
  •  Code
  •  Test
  •  Debug

A Day in a Computer Programmer's Life
  •  Write, update, and maintain computer programs or software packages
  •  Write code to handle specific jobs such as tracking inventory, storing/retrieving data
  •  Correct errors by making appropriate changes and rechecking the program code
  •  Conduct trial runs of programs and software applications for correctness
  •  Work with software developers to help in tasks related to designing the program
  •  Perform revision, repair, or expansion of existing code to increase efficiency
  •  Consult with managerial, and technical personnel to clarify program intent
  •  Compile and write documentation of program development and subsequent revisions
  •  Prepare detailed workflow charts and diagrams that describe input, output, and logic
  •  Consult with and assist computer operators and system analysts to resolve problems

Skills Required
  •  Strong logical and analytical reasoning skills for writing complex code & application
  •  Good troubleshooting skills to check the program for errors and fix any issues
  •  Follow detail-oriented approach, as small error can make the code dysfunctional
  •  Good communication skills to give clear instructions to programmers & others
  •  Possess strong customer-service skills
  •  Ability to sit at one place for long periods of time
  •  Understand computer coding languages and keep updated with latest versions
  •  Ability to solve complex problems from that arise during the coding process
  •  Work well as a team with other coders, developers and programmers

Job Titles
  •  Programmer Analyst
  •  Coder
  •  Software Analyst
  •  Software Developer
  •  Internet Programmer
  •  Intranet Programmer
  •  Java Developer
  •  Web Programmer
  •  .NET Programmer
  •  Web Developer

Other Related Careers
  •  Software Developer
  •  Principal Software Developer
  •  Web Developer
  •  Webmaster
  •  Mobile Application Developer
  •  Software Engineer
  •  Game Designer
  •  Application Designer
  •  Software Architect
  •  Software Development Engineer
  •  Embedded Systems Engineer
  •  Business Analyst

Career Map

Certification Courses in Computer Programming
  • Microsoft Certifications: MCSD / MCAD / MCPD / MCDBA / MTA (Areas of Specialization: Visual Studio, .NET,  Visual C#, Visual C++, Visual F#, VB, Jscript)
  • Oracle Java Certifications: OCA / OCP / OCE / OCM (Areas of Specialization: Java, Forms, PL/SQL, Architect)
  •  Zend PHP Certifications: ZCE
  •  CIW Certifications: JavaScript / Perl / Database Design / Web Development
  •  SAS Certifications: Base  / Advance / BI Content Developer / Data Integrator
  •  Adobe Certifications: ACE
  •  Google Apps Certification: CDS
  •  GIAC Certifications: GSSP-JAVA
  •  Sybase Certifications: ASE – Associate /  ASE – Developer Professional
  •  BMC Certifications: Certified Developer
  •  Apple Certifications: Associate / Pro - Level 1 / Pro - Level 2
Farzad Damania
Career Counsellor, Training & Development Specialist

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