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Programmer

Write, test and modify programming code to create and manage software.

What's it like to be a Programmer?

Programmers write, test, modify and deploy computer program code in order to build and modify software. Although there is no formal distinction between the job titles of Software Developer and Programmer, Programmers usually work exclusively on programming tasks, and do not hold additional responsibilities related to design and project management that a Software Developer might.

Programmer

Tasks and duties

  • Using computer software and hardware to write and modify programming code.
  • Modifying and documenting the program code to correct errors.
  • Testing code for bugs and implementing improvements and fixes.
  • Solving problems using logic and methodical testing processes.
  • Developing testing and validation processes.
  • Deploying code to the live environment.
  • Writing and maintaining up-to-date technical programs, end user documentation and operational procedures.
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Programmers are commonly employed by companies where new software is created, at digital agencies, or within IT departments. They may also work on a freelance or contractual basis.

What can I earn as a Programmer?

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The most common salary in AUS for a Programmer is between $75k and $85k
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How to become a Programmer


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It is possible to work as a Programmer without formal qualifications, however many employers prefer individuals to have qualifications in the field of computer science.

  1. Complete a qualification in computer science with a focus on software development. This could be a Certificate IV in Programming (ICT40515), a Diploma of Software Development (ICT50715) or a Bachelor degree majoring in software development.
  2. Secure a placement in an internship program while studying. This will provide you with relevant experience as well as guidance and mentorship from experienced Software Developers.

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Bachelor of Computer Science

This qualification develops your computer science knowledge to prepare for a career in computer engineering or software development.

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Diploma of Software Development

This diploma provides you with skills in software development and programming. You’ll learn to create or customise products.
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Certificate IV in Programming

This qualification helps you build a foundation in programming skills and the most common programming languages.
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How do Programmers rate their role?

Latest reviews from 13 Programmers surveyed on SEEK

Work-life balance
3.7
Job satisfaction
3.7
Career progression opportunities
3.5
Job security
3.3
Pay / Salary
3.2
Variety of work
3.9

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Nov 2018
Programming is sometime challenging job, they should get paid more than other common professions.
Reviewer's Qualification
Master of Information Technology
Experience
1 – 4 years
Organisation size
Medium (20-199 employees)
Specialisation
Software Developement
The good things
I believe, it is all about what you like. If I were decide and choose my career again, I feel like to be sports player or film actor. However, I still feel, what I am doing gives me personal satisfact...
The challenges
Communication, describing your problems to managers in a way that they understand. Sometime, keep up to date is kind of race. Sometime, you are all by yourself to solve the issue in unknown world.
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Nov 2018
Programming is a tedious but rewarding job
Reviewer's Qualification
Higher School Certificate
Experience
10+ years
Organisation size
Small (1-19 employees)
Specialisation
integration
The good things
The good things If you are passionate about being creative and coding it can be exceptionally rewarding career. The clients or customers or boss may often praise you in recognition to the excellent jo...
The challenges
The challenges There are clients and customers and bosses who will treat you terribly but they are not as common as the good ones. It can be challenging to come up with a workable solution within the...
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Working hours for Programmers

Overtime
Weekends
Shift work
Late nights
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What are the job opportunities for Programmers?

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National increase over next 5 years *
23.4%
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