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What does a Computer Programmer do?

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Answered September 22 2021
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Computer Programmers write, test, and verify code that allows digital programs and software to function. They turn the program designs by UI Designers and Software Engineers into code that the computer can read. The programs we use every day function as expected, thanks to the code written by a Computer Programmer.

Programmers can work on software that is designed for mobile, tablet, or computers. Depending on the industry and the company they work for, Programmers may also oversee bug testing, removing errors, and developing functionality updates.  

The primary responsibility of a Computer Programmer is to write code. To do so, they need to know at least one programming language. However, it is common for most Programmers to know a few programming languages since different programming languages are more suited to some contexts than others. 

Programmers usually work on teams, and often a more senior Programmer will review and test the code of a more junior Programmer to ensure that it functions properly.

Roles & responsibilities of a Computer
  • Write programs in a variety of programming languages, such as Python, Java, and C++. 
  • Update and upgrade existing programs.
  • Test for errors and fix the code to prevent bugs.
  • Understand users’ needs. 
  • Read and implement market research reports, UX research, and user feedback. 
  • Define the technical specifications of new programs or applications.
  • Write program or application documentation.
  • Upgrade existing programs and applications.
  • Identify parts of the program that could use improvement and implement necessary changes. 
  • Develop the modifications and improvements.
  • Monitor the performance of existing programs or applications.
  • Integrate existing programs to work on different platforms and operating systems.
  • Work in tandem with other staff members such as Project Managers, Graphic Designers, and UI Designers.
  • Research and learn about new technologies and trends as they become available.
  • Attend meetings with clients, Project Managers, and other stakeholders to understand everyone’s needs and develop applications that satisfy all parties.