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What is the Employment Outlook for computer programmers?

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Federico’s Answer

Computer programmer it's a highly technical occupation defined by the department of labor as "write and test code that allows computer applications and software programs to function properly. They turn the program designs created by software developers and engineers into instructions that a computer can follow".

Employment of computer programmers is projected to decline 7 percent from 2016 to 2026. Computer programming can be done from anywhere in the world, so companies sometimes hire programmers in countries where wages are lower.

You can find more info here: https://www.bls.gov/ooh/computer-and-information-technology/software-developers.htm

I recommend you to think if you'd rather be a Software Developer, that's a little bit more high-level occupation. Defined as "the creative minds behind computer programs. Some develop the applications that allow people to do specific tasks on a computer or another device. Others develop the underlying systems that run the devices or that control networks".

This is the most requested profession right now in Silicon Valley, and it's very well paid.

Employment of software developers is projected to grow 24 percent from 2016 to 2026, much faster than the average for all occupations. Software developers will be needed to respond to an increased demand for computer software. (https://www.bls.gov/ooh/computer-and-information-technology/software-developers.htm)

Federico recommends the following next steps:

Understand the difference between the two professions and their academic path
Check for practical examples of what a programmer vs. a software developer does (e.g. on LinkedIn)

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Rebecca’s Answer

Computer programming is a rewarding career, and will continue to be an in-demand career for the foreseeable future.

Most of the global economy is becoming digital, and software and software engineers are key to the success of businesses in that economy. It's a very safe choice if you're considering what to do with your career. It also provides you the opportunity to build a wide variety of skills that are outside of technology, which include critical thinking, teamwork, and building lasting relationships.

I've been a software engineer for 25 years, and have seen the industry continue to grow, technology evolve, while work stays challenging and exciting. There are always new challenges and problems to solve in creative ways. Come join us, it's fun! :)

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Gabe’s Answer

There are lots of jobs, in many fields, for a computer programmer these days. Most companies have to use technology to run their business. Everything from a simple website, mobile application, to a custom desktop application.

My advice would be to start learning now. There are many resources online you can use to learn. https://code.org is just one example. Starting now will help you learn if you enjoy programming.

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Mini’s Answer

Computer programming is really in demand

You can learn a Programming language to begin with it is really fun as well


Please read this if you can

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