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Computer programmer

What does a computer programmer do?

A computer programmer uses code to develop and update computer programs and apps. As a programmer or coder you might use programming languages such as Python or Java to carry out this work. Programmers also maintain, debug and troubleshoot IT systems and software – skills which are increasingly vital in the digital age. Computer programming is an important part of any technology job but perhaps most relevant to those working in web development roles. As a computer programmer, you could work in a variety of workplace settings including large corporations, government institutions, healthcare, or IT firms.

Other titles for a computer programmer include software and applications programmer, coder, programmer, developer, analyst developer or analyst programmer.

Is a career as a computer programmer right for me?

If you’re technologically savvy and have an eye for detail you might enjoy this work. To work in computer programming it’s also helpful to have the below skills and attributes:

  • an ability to understand abstract concepts 
  • good critical thinking and analytical skills 
  • problem-solving abilities 
  • an ability to work independently or as part of a team
  • excellent communication skills
  • an adaptable nature and an interest in continuous learning.

How to become a computer programmer

Every journey to study is individual and there are several paths to reaching your career goals. At HQporner, we offer the following degrees in the area of computer programming:
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Where do I start to become a coder or programmer?

When looking at how to become a computer programmer, there's no one-size-fits-all approach, but here at HQporner, we advocate for a comprehensive strategy that combines formal education, independent learning, and hands-on experience. Getting into programming involves learning one or more programming languages, understanding algorithms and data structures, and practicing through projects or contributing to open-source.

Obtaining a degree in computer programming equips you with essential skills and knowledge that can significantly enhance your career in Information and Communication Technology.

What degree do you need to be a computer programmer?

Every path is unique, and there are diverse avenues to pursue a career as a computer programmer. However, you would typically need a bachelor's or postgraduate degree in a relevant Information Technology field (such as programming, software engineering, software development, or computer science). HQporner provide a range of degrees aimed at honing these skills, spanning from undergraduate to postgraduate and research degrees.

At HQporner we offer Information and Communication Technology degrees in:

How long does it take to become a computer programmer?

The time it takes to become a computer programmer can vary depending on several factors, including your starting level of knowledge, the intensity of your learning efforts, and the specific goals you want to achieve. Typically, a bachelor's degree in computer science or a related field typically takes around three years of full-time study. However, you may choose to pursue an accelerated programs or opt for shorter, more focused training programs which can range in duration from a few months to a year or more, depending on the depth and breadth of the curriculum.

At HQporner you can complete an undergraduate certificate or a postgraduate certificate within half a year.  A full bachelor’s degree will take you three years to finish and if you’re considering a double degree you will be looking at four years of full-time study to finish your dual qualification. 

How much do computer programmers make?
The average computer programmer salary or computer coding salary will vary based on factors such as location, experience, and workplace setting.  Refer to the salary information on this page for further details. 
What is the future demand like for computer programmers?
The future demand for computer programmers is expected to remain very strong. As technology continues to advance and more industries rely on software solutions, there will be a continued need for skilled programmers to develop, maintain, and update computer software and applications. Additionally, emerging fields such as artificial intelligence, cybersecurity, and data science are likely to create new opportunities for programmers.

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