Most computers will function with only two programming languages, such as C++ or Java. It is up to the software programmer to develop programs used to operate computers. They may work with existing programs and adapt them, or combine two or more programs together. They may also create entirely new programs for all kinds of uses.
Typical tasks for a software programmer include:
*Discuss the user's requirements
*Plan how the programs will be developed
*Write manuals or explain program's function
*Run tests to ensure programs and computer systems are working properly
*Find faults in programs
*Prepare reports on programs
*Maintain and upgrade programs
*Solve software problems for users
Programmers may also test or debug existing programs to eliminate errors, or create manuals or help files that will allow other people to understand the program and how to use it.
The entry level salary is around $35,000
The average level salary is around $60,000
The maximum salary ranges from $85,000 to $97,000
In order to get into a career as a software programmer, you must have either a bachelor's degree in computer science or in another area significantly related to software programming, such as math.
As well, you must also have a lot of experience with software and computer systems. You must also be knowledgable of programming languages and techniques for using them. If you do not enjoy working with computers, you will not enjoy the job and you will not do well. You must also be able to work both independently and with other people when needed.