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You can earn an average of £47,679.30 a year
Career Questions Answered
What skills do I need to become a Programmer?
You will need to show a combination of soft and technical skills.
Soft skills include:
- Communication skills
- Attention to detail
- Logical approach
- Ability to learn new skills and technologies quickly
Technical skills include:
The technical skills for each Programmer position will vary depending on what the employer expects from you. The technical level of programming and the level of job role you are applying for will also vary and advanced skills may be required.
What programming languages do I need to know?
Do I need to have a degree for programming?
You do not need any formal qualifications to become a Programmer. However, if you have studied Computer Science, Electronics, Mathematics, Physics or Information Systems at degree level this may increase your chances of securing an entry-level position.
A degree would certainly be favorable to many of the larger graduate recruiters as they will only employ graduates with proven technical skills and a good degree in a computer-related discipline.
Specialised courses from accredited training providers are becoming an increasingly popular option for those wanting to gain the required skills and certifications to start their career. Learning how to code in the most popular programming languages will not only boost your knowledge but also your employability. Courses such as Python, Java and C++ can all be studied alongside your current role via online learning, which is the most popular choice for many.
What is the typical work environment for this career?
Programmers tend to work standard office hours, 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday, with the addition of extended hours for upcoming deadlines.
There is an increasing market for contract programmers with specialist knowledge, making it possible to become a freelancer or self-employed.
Whether you are working in an office environment or remotely, you may be required to travel for consultancy work.
What are the day-to-day duties of a Programmer?
As a Programmer you can expect your daily responsibilities to include the following;
- Inspecting current systems
- Writing well-designed code
- Troubleshooting and debugging programmes
- Deploy programs and evaluate user feedback
- Reporting and documenting development stages
- Analyse user requirements
- Develop existing programmes for modification
- Using specialist software to automate code
- Keeping up-to-date with new programming languages and technologies
What is the career path for a Programmer?
The typical path for a Programmer would begin in an entry-level role, working under supervision. After three years’ experience you would expect to progress preparing detailed specifications and will be competent to work at the highest technical level.
With five years’ experience you can progress to Senior Developer or Senior Programmer, where you will oversee the activities of a team of developers for either a large project or several smaller projects.
From Senior Developer you can transition into management, team leadership and project management. There is also the option to progress into becoming a Software Architect or Chief Information Officer, where you can expect to earn a very lucrative salary.