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What kind of companies would hire a computer programmer?

Where would a computer programmer get hired and what skills would they be looking for?

Thank you comment icon I would say that analytical and problem-solving skills are the best. Programing languages can be learned and there are a lot of online courses. But most companies will test your capacity to solve problems in any language you prefer and also how you analyze existing solutions and try to improve them. Christian Moreno
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Aaron’s Answer

Hey Brayden! Good question, and the good news for you is that most companies are hiring for computer programmers. The difficult part, as you mentioned, can be getting into the door. Oftentimes the 'entry' level positions, want some kind of experience, odd isn't it haha?!? My two pieces of advice are first networking in the industry and seeing if you can get any leads through that method, if that doesn't work, see if any startups or any smaller company is hiring. Most times career professionals have to start with smaller companies and slowly work their way up to the big conglomerate companies. The biggest skill you can have is the ability to adapt and learn quickly, if that comes through any company will want to hire you!
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Gloria’s Answer

Hi Brayden,

I am not a programmer but I supported the training of programmers at my company. That means I learned a lot about the role of programmer and some of the skills needed along with pain points in the job.

These days many companies are looking for computer programmer skills in some of their employees. It can vary from the simple to the complex. As to skills, being well versed in at least two programming languages can give you a lot of flexibility in your job search. Do not consider that a hard and fast rule though. At my company, programmers are trained in other languages as the needs apply. You may want to be sure that you are able to explain the best practices of programming, no matter what the language. Most of the time programmers are updating code, rather than creating code from scratch. Some of the code that you will come across can be messy. You need to be able to quickly figure out what the other programmer had done before you and how to best make a change without breaking anything. This was a big challenge for the programmers that I worked with.

Also you need to consider what you want to do with your programming skills. Do you want to support large company software networks or do you want to do some company custom work? What do you want to create with your skills? The job that I loved the best was working for a travel company. I love to travel and I love learning about the travel industry. So I was able to apply my skills as an Instructional designer to an industry that I wanted to learn more about. I can and have taken my skills in ID to other places. However, it has not always captured my imagination and excitement in the way travel did.

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Dan’s Answer

There are hundreds of Software (SW) companies who are looking for good people with good programing skills. but this is not just limited to SW companies, all engineering related companies need people with such skills, even companies that are very focused on Hardware products, usually have more SW engineers than HW engineers.

but this is not a skill that is limited to engineering companies, all financial companies require people with programing skills to develop and maintain their applications.

this is a very good job to have these days :-)
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Lauren’s Answer

Hi Brayden,

With much of the world today involved with technology and the internet, so many companies have a development or technology sector (if not the entire company). Companies can range from being in these industries: software creation (software as a service or internet "apps"), marketing, finance, insurance, manufacturing, etc.

If you are interested in a specific area, I suggest looking up large companies in that industry further.

Many companies look for employees including programmers who learn quickly, help others (ability to work in teams), and have the ability to see solving a problem through until to the end.
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Daniel’s Answer

Hey Brayden !

Good news is, any company of more than, let's say 100 persons, has some coding and IT to do internally. Therefore, any company you like or you would like to work at probably has the need for programmers, and that's a great opportunity you can benefit from :)
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Pablo’s Answer

Honestly. all of them. Most large and small companies have some need for programmers, either to work on internal tools, websites, you name it.
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