Computer Programmer

Computer Programmer

The role of a computer programmer is at the very core of careers in IT and technology systems. Programming forms the essence of both coding and all aspects of software development and is made up of a wide and ever-expanding range of skills and processes.

Roles and Responsibilities

At the core of computer programming is writing a set of instructions that an IT system can understand. This means putting together a detailed specification of what a particular computer programme is designed to achieve and how it can be best interpreted by different systems using different programming languages. Some of the roles and responsibilities in your career as a computer programmer would be:

  • Coding and debugging for different IT systems
  • Designing and testing computer structures and how appropriate they are for different functions
  • Troubleshooting system errors and identifying repairs
  • Writing computer instructions for various systems
  • Managing database systems and developing how they operate
  • Maintaining operating systems and ensuring they are up to date
  • Editing source-code and debugging
  • Profiling and analysing algorithms for different systems
  • Implementing build systems and system wide upgrades
  • Providing tech support and technical know how

Who You Will Work With

New systems are constantly emerging, with huge implications for existing systems and commercial direction for organisations and subsequent demands on programming and coding resources. New security threats and malware is also a constant threat so Computer Programmers need to work closely alongside a wide variety of other functions and teams to ensure their systems are adequately maintained and protected. Some of other roles which Computer Programmers would regularly work alongside would include:

  • Cloud Computing Engineer
  • AI Engineer
  • SQL Programmer
  • Java Developer
  • Cyber Security Expert
  • Full Stack Web Developer
  • Systems Administrator
  • Customer Support Specialist
  • UX Designer
  • Security Specialist
  • Computer programmer
  • .NET Developer
  • SAP Developer
  • Python Developer

Professional Qualifications

A Degree in Computer Science or Computer Programming is essential, as is a strong broad expert IT skills knowledge. You will also need to be numerate by nature with advanced knowledge of particular operating systems. Software certifications in systems such as Microsoft and Linux are also very valuable, as are skills in Java, C++, Python, SQL, SAP, HTML and C#

How Your Career Can Develop

Opportunities for career progression as a Computer Programmer are very good, once you have the hunger to continue to learn and develop your skills and knowledge base. If you have a passion for a particular area of programming you can hone your skills in that area, blending your technical skills with soft skills to work effectively as a Computer Programmer either as part of a team or as a consultant.