Computer Programming/Programmer, General

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About the Computer Programming/Programmer Major

Interested in learning the language of computers? If you major in computer programming, you'll learn how to "speak" in computer code in order to create and modify software programs, systems, and applications for computers. 

Due to its nature, computer programming majors will spend a lot of time working hard in front of computer screens. Specifically, they will learn how to research, document, and completely develop program applications using a variety of computer languages and methodologies, such as Java, Javascript, Python, F#, and C++. They also explore database design through the use of Structural Query Language (SQL) and other programming languages. They also learn how to improve upon existing programs, debug programs, build and use computer-assisted software engineering (CASE) tools to automate code writing, and use code libraries to simplify development. They will learn all this through hands-on, real- and project-based situations.

Many programs require an individual or team capstone project to be completed at the end of the program, which usually involves designing and implementing a software program, application, or system from scratch. Along the way, students will develop and hone valuable higher-level life skills, such as problem-solving, ability to follow verbal and written instructions, persistence, patience, and attention to detail. Students will graduate with the skills necessary to become a professional computer programmer, software developer, software engineer, or similar.

A lot of computer programming majors have a bachelor's degree; however, there are entry-level positions available for those with an associate's degree. Take into account your future career goals and choose which one is right for you; there are plenty of options for four- and two-year programs at colleges.

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