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what are we going to learn? • • • The job functions. The type what are we going to learn? • • • The job functions. The type of personality best suited for this job. The skills this person possesses. What the person does in a typical day? Which does he work with more, software, hardware or people? • The qualifications for such a job. • Summary Careers in Information Technology

who is an application programmer? • An individual who writes application programs in a who is an application programmer? • An individual who writes application programs in a user organization. Most programmers are application programmers Careers in Information Technology

the job functions • Job titles and descriptions may vary, depending on the organization, the job functions • Job titles and descriptions may vary, depending on the organization, but computer programmers are individuals whose main job function is programming. • Applications programmers write programs to handle a specific job, such as a program to track inventory within an organization. Careers in Information Technology

do i have to have a certain personality to become a programmer? • Statistics do i have to have a certain personality to become a programmer? • Statistics have proven that it takes a determined mind to become a programmer. • One must be able to work hard and always wish to succeed. N. B Programmers tend to have a tedious work schedule. Careers in Information Technology

skills acquired: • Skills are developed capacities that facilitate learning and the performance of skills acquired: • Skills are developed capacities that facilitate learning and the performance of activities that occur across jobs. The most important skills gain from this occupation are shown below. – – – Programming 92% Critical Thinking 90% Complex problem-solving 89% Operations Analysts 86% Mathematics 61% Instructing 54% Careers in Information Technology

life of a programmer: typical day…. • establishing a detailed program specification through discussion life of a programmer: typical day…. • establishing a detailed program specification through discussion with clients; • clarifying precisely what actions the program is intended to perform; • breaking down program specification into its simplest elements and translating this logic into a programming language; • devising possible solutions to problems and evaluating options; • working frequently within a team (that may be established purely for a particular project) to write a specific section of the program; • combining all elements of the program design and testing it; Careers in Information Technology

life of a programmer: typical day…. • creating examples of the data that the life of a programmer: typical day…. • creating examples of the data that the program is designed to process and working out what the program should do to the data; • testing sample data sets to check that output from the program works as intended; • seeking out problems and correcting the program as necessary; • installing the program and conducting final testing; • studying computer printouts during test runs; Looks like he is tired… Careers in Information Technology

hardware, software, people? SOFTWARE Programmers spend the majority of their time in front of hardware, software, people? SOFTWARE Programmers spend the majority of their time in front of a computer terminal, and work in clean, comfortable offices. Careers in Information Technology

so. . what are the qualifications? Most programmers have a bachelor’s degree, but a so. . what are the qualifications? Most programmers have a bachelor’s degree, but a two-year degree or certificate may be adequate for some jobs. Some computer programmers hold a college degree in computer science, mathematics, or information systems, whereas others have taken special courses in computer programming to supplement their degree in a field such as accounting, finance, or another area of business. Careers in Information Technology

summary • Computer programmers write, test, and maintain the detailed instructions, called programs, that summary • Computer programmers write, test, and maintain the detailed instructions, called programs, that computers follow to perform their functions. • Almost 8 out of 10 computer programmers held an associate’s degree or higher in 2006; nearly half held a bachelor’s degree, and 2 out of 10 held a graduate degree. • Employment of computer programmers is expected to decline by four percent through 2016. • Job prospects will be best for applicants with a bachelor’s degree and experience with a variety of programming languages and tools. Careers in Information Technology

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