You could work for virtually any company, and everyone likely has a tech/engineering department somewhere in the organization. As we all say, Covid forced most companies to change the say they do business and go digital, so even traditional industries, like retail as an example, had to go online. So, think about what type of industry or company you're interested in and check out where they use technology and chances are they are looking for programmers!
We would encourage viewing a talk by Stanford Prof. Mehran Sahami given to high school students on how computer programing skills can be applied to various industries and it is now the math for the future: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eH8EGDBrDgU this video entails various fields that opens up for a computer developer. It is presented in a form of a diagram which is easy to understand.
In your school they have career counselor's who can help you with answering and providing a volunteer position in different industry to explore how you can utilize your school.
Telecommunications (AT&T, Verizon, Zoom)
Medtech (GE, Johnson & Johnson, Philips, Stryker)
Government (federal, state, local municipality, utility)
Fintech (UpStart, Affirm, Stripe)
Human resources and payroll (Workday, ADP, UKG)
E-commerce (Amazon, Etsy, Ebay, Shopify)
Social media (Meta, Reddit)
AI (AWS, IBM)
Cybersecurity (Okta, Fortinet)
Here's a reference you might find helpful: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eH8EGDBrDgU
There is tech in most of those industries- automotive, consulting, financial services, etc.
Another way to explore your options is to look up LinkedIn jobs- read the company and job descriptions. See what catches your interest and dig deeper. Network with folks from those companies/roles. The opportunities are endless.
Technology companies: These include companies like Google, Microsoft, Apple, and Amazon, which are involved in the development of software and hardware products.
Consulting firms: These companies provide services to other businesses, such as custom software development, system integration, and IT consulting.
Startups: Many startups are involved in the development of new technology and software, and they often hire programmers to help build their products.
Financial companies: Many financial institutions, such as banks and investment firms, use software to automate their operations and make trades. As a result, they often hire programmers to develop and maintain these systems.
Healthcare companies: Many healthcare providers, pharmaceutical companies, and medical device manufacturers use software to manage patient data, record medical histories and to develop or operate machines and robots used in medical treatment.
Government agencies and Non-profit organizations also hire programmers to develop and maintain the software used to help their goals.
Gaming Industry: Game development companies often hire programmers to work on the creation of video games.
This is not an exhaustive list, but rather some examples of the many types of companies that hire computer programmers. Programmers are in high demand as technology is increasingly becoming a key driver in many industries.
The majority of jobs today are in a few fields. I am not endorsing any of the companies below and this is not an exhaustive list of categories, but I am providing some major ones as examples
* cloud computing providers - Microsoft, Amazon, Google
* e-commerce companies - Amazon, eBay, Target
* business services - Oracle, Microsoft, SAP
* software and technology companies - Apple, Samsung, Microsoft
* telecom - T-Mobile, AT&T, Verizon
These are just some of the biggest companies. There are many other companies in these and other fields. There are also a lot of software jobs in government, and scientific research. There are consulting companies that hire technology professionals to take on projects for other companies. There are technology startup companies forming all the time trying to create the next big thing. It is also possible to move from one industry to another over the course of a career. I personally have worked in most of the categories above as well as for startups and consulting companies.