Computer programmers are responsible for writing the code that makes software programs work. They take the designs created by software developers and write the code that brings those designs to life.

Computer programmers held roughly 343,700 jobs in 2012, according to data provided by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. The majority of those working in the industry hold a bachelor’s degree in computer science or a related subject. While some programmers may specialize in one programming language, it is not uncommon for a programmer to have learned several programming languages.

The average annual salary for computer programmers is $74,280.

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