What Does a Professional in this Career Do?
Writes code, or instructions that a computer can follow, to create software programs. Follows program designs created by software developers, and assists with software program design work. Updates and expands programs, tests for errors and fix errors. Uses different computer languages as needed to write programs.
There were 1557 Computer Programmer job postings in North Carolina in the past year and 44390 in the United States.
In combination with other careers in the Computer Programmer industry, which includes the Computer Programmer career, the following graph shows the number of people employed for each year since 2012:
Many new Computer Programmer jobs have salaries estimated to be in the following ranges, based on the requirements and responsibilities listed in job postings from the past year.
The average estimated salary in the United States for this career, based on job postings in the past year, is $70,198.
The average estimated salary in North Carolina for this career, based on job postings in the past year, is $76,593.
Percentiles represent the percentage that is lower than the value. For example, 25% of estimated salaries for Computer Programmer postings in the United States in the past year were lower than $41,816.
Education and Experience
Posted Computer Programmer jobs typically require the following level of education. The numbers below are based on job postings in the United States from the past year. Not all job postings list education requirements.
Posted Computer Programmer jobs typically require the following number of years of experience. The numbers below are based on job postings in the United States from the past year. Not all job postings list experience requirements.
|Years of Experience||Percentage|
|0 to 2 years||34%|
|3 to 5 years||36%|
|6 to 8 years||16%|
Below are listings of the most common general and specialized skills Computer Programmer positions expect applicants to have as well as the most common skills that distinguish individuals from their peers. The percentage of job postings that specifically mention each skill is also listed.
A skill that is required across a broad range of occupations, including this one.
- Communication Skills (39%)
- Teamwork / Collaboration (25%)
- Problem Solving (20%)
- Planning (18%)
- Writing (16%)
A core skill for this occupation, it occurs frequently in job postings.
- SQL (12%)
- Java (10%)
- Python (8%)
A skill that is requested frequently in this occupation but isn’t specific to it.
- Customer Service (16%)
- Scheduling (16%)
- Project Management (12%)
- Software Development (11%)
- Sales (9%)
A skill that may distinguish a subset of the occupation.
- Mainframe (5%)
- C++ (5%)
- .NET (4%)
- Debugging (4%)
Alternative Job Titles
Sometimes employers post jobs with Computer Programmer skills but a different job title. Some common alternative job titles include:
- Mobile Expert
- Site Lead
- Verifications Specialist
If you are interested in exploring occupations with similar skills, you may want to research the following job titles. Note that we only list occupations that have at least one corresponding NC State Online and Distance Education program.
- Programmer / Analyst
- Software Developer / Engineer
- Java Developer / Engineer
- Application Developer / Engineer
Here are the employers that have posted the most Computer Programmer jobs in the past year along with how many they have posted.
- T Mobile Usa Incorporated (1174)
- Ensono (1001)
- Wireless Vision (997)
- Deloitte (424)
- Humana (301)
- Ensono (22)
- Epic Games (17)
- University of North Carolina (14)
- T Mobile Usa Incorporated (13)
- Wells Fargo (13)
NC State Programs Relevant to this Career
If you are interested in preparing for a career in this field, the following NC State Online and Distance Education programs offer a great place to start!
- Computer Programming Undergraduate Certificates
- Computer Science Graduate Certificates
- Computer Science Master's Degrees