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Computer Programmers write, modify, integrate and test computer codes for microcomputer and mainframe software applications, data processing applications, opening and operating systems-level software, and communications software. Computer Programmers generally know more than one programming language. In practice, these programmers often are referred to by the language they know such as Java programmers, or by the type of function they perform or environment in which they work - for example, database programmers, mainframe programmers, or Web programmers.
Basic Educational Requirement
A Computer Programmer must have a bachelor�s degree in computer science or in another discipline with a significant computer programming content.
Skills and Competencies
A Computer Programmer must be familiar with the different computer languages that work with programming and web environment:
Physical Attributes and Characteristics
Entry level Programmers make around P15,000 - P20,000 per month. Experienced and advanced lead programmers and system programmers can receive as much as P50,000 a month.
Prospects for Career Advancement
For Computer Programmers who keep up to date with the latest technology, the prospects for advancement are good. They may be promoted to Lead Programmer and be given supervisory responsibilities. Some may move into Systems Programming, Programmer Analyst or Systems Analyst on a managerial level.
In our "computer tech age", Computer Programmers are highly in demand here and abroad. Most of the businesses in different industries use computers and need a certain software to run them. Each of these software programs is tailor-made by the programmers to fit the system needs of the business and it is the task of Computer Programmers to develop these Computer Software Programs.
According to the Philippine Software Development Industry Association (PSIA), in the Software Industry alone, the demand for Computer programmers will reach an estimated total of 385,400 for the period 2007-2010.
Cost of Education *
The cost of pursuing a Bachelor Degree (4-year course) in Computer Science may cost from P100,000 to as high as P280,000 depending on the educational institution the student is enrolled.
* Based on tuition fee rates for school year 2007 - 2008
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