IT Programmer Careers

How to become IT Programmer

What does a IT Programmer do?

A computer system needs to be designed to meet the specific needs of the business or organisation using it. It works by following instructions contained in a program or suite of programs. The programmer, often working as a member of a team, designs the programs, writes them in a programming language and then tests and modifies them until they are suitable for the task and the users they were intended for. They also document the programmes - that is they write comments and instructions so that people know how to use and maintain them.

What's the working environment like working as a IT Programmer?

Most of the work is done in an office during normal office hours. Self-employed programmers and those employed by a computer services bureau will work on-site until the job is finished and this may involve travelling and staying away from home for periods of time.

What does it take to become a IT Programmer?

Programmers need technical skills and in-depth understanding of information technology systems. They should have a methodical and analytical approach to problem solving and pay great attention to detail. They will probably be working as part of a team so they need to be able to get along with and communicate well with colleagues. They must be able to meet deadlines and tackle problems and setbacks as they arise.

Other skills required include; creating software from detailed designs; data analysis and database design, designing and testing the preferred information technology solution.

IT Programmer Career Opportunities

Further information

If you would like to know anything about IT Programmer that does not appear on Hotcourses, further information can be found below.

British Computer Society,
1 Sanford Street,
Swindon SN1 1HJ.

Tel: 01793 417 417.

Computing Careers Yearbook, 1999
(London, VNU Business Publications, 1999).
Available free from careers services.
Institution of Analysts and Programmers,
Charles House,
36 Culmington Road,
London W13 9NH.

Tel: 020 8567 2118.

Institute for the Management of Information Systems (IMIS),
5 Kingfisher House,
New Mill Road,
Kent BR5 3QG.

Tel: 020 8308 0747.

The Institute of Scientific and Technical Communicators
Blackhorse Road,
Hertfordshire SG6 1YY.

Tel: 01462 486 825.

National Training Organisation for Information Technology (IT NTO),
16-18 Berners Street,
London W1P 3DD.

Tel: 020 7580 6677.

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  • There are 76.5m Internet users in the USA.
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