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How to Become a Computer Programmer

As with so many careers, your success in computer programming will depend strongly on your education and training. A college degree is an increasingly frequent requirement for programming jobs. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that, in 2004, 67% of programmers held a college degree. Almost half held a degree at bachelor level and around 20% held a graduate degree. You will find it much tougher to get the job you want if you don’t have a college education.


Earning a computer programming college degree

You will find a wide variety of college programs leading to a bachelor’s degree in computer science and related topics. Employers are likely to be most interested in your expertise in one or more computer languages, but they may require other skills also, depending on the job. If you work for a company developing software for business purposes, for instance, you may be expected to have taken some courses in business and information systems. It will help you plan if you know already what area of programming you want to enter. If you are uncertain, then a computer science program (with as many courses in computer languages as you can fit in) will give you a good foundation.



You can increase your professional skills and competitive edge by earning certification. Certificates are offered in a number of computer languages (Java or C++ for example) and enable you to demonstrate that you have cutting-edge skills in the language your potential employer requires.


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