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How to become a computer programmer

Updated February 21, 2017

Creating computer programs that people use everyday is just one of the many avenues that computer programmers can perform. Writing code, testing existing programs, troubleshooting and creating user manuals are other skills programmers possess. With today's broad spectrum of computer and high-tech needs, the computer programming field is wide open with possibilities for rewarding and fun jobs. Following are steps to help you find work in the computer programming field.

Obtain a degree in computer programming. This will enable you to work as a network technician, researcher, software engineer, or in project management and a host of other positions.

Use your writing skills to break into the field of technical or documentation writing. Skilled technical writers are in great demand in the computer programming field. Learning how to do this kind of work is a great skill for programmers to add to their arsenal of abilities in order to work in various departments within a company.

Determine whether you want to design, rather than just program, in the computer field. If so, you'll need at least a bachelor's degree in software engineering from a college or university.

Arrange for on-the-job training whenever it is offered to you. Work in a Quality Assurance department in a company with a lot of software development.

Consult with seasoned programmers. Ask questions. Most would be happy to share valuable tidbits learned during the course of their careers.

Pick a programming language or two to learn from the multitude out there and then master them.

Plan to write code. Write Web applications, calendars, widgets, basically anything that is useful. Do this on a regular basis. Make it a habit to be able to debug and design, as these are both necessary skills for pretty much any job in the computer programming field.

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