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About this Career Path
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.
Programmers usually work in offices, most commonly in the computer systems design and related services industry.
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Top Expected 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.
Consult with managerial, engineering, and technical personnel to clarify program intent, identify problems, and suggest changes.
Perform systems analysis and programming tasks to maintain and control the use of computer systems software as a systems programmer.
Compile and write documentation of program development and subsequent revisions, inserting comments in the coded instructions so others can understand the program.
Prepare detailed workflow charts and diagrams that describe input, output, and logical operation, and convert them into a series of instructions coded in a computer language.
Consult with and assist computer operators or system analysts to define and resolve problems in running computer programs.
Knowledge, Skills & Abilities
Computers and Electronics
Customer and Personal Service
Administration and Management
Complex Problem Solving
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