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Computer Programmers

Create, modify, and test the code, forms, and script that allow computer applications to run. Work from specifications drawn up by software developers or other individuals. May assist software developers by analyzing user needs and designing software solutions. May develop and write computer programs to store, locate, and retrieve specific documents, data, and information.

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Skills Needed


Programming - Writing computer programs for various purposes.


Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.


Complex Problem Solving - Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.


Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.


Quality Control Analysis - Conducting tests and inspections of products, services, or processes to evaluate quality or performance.


Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.


Judgment and Decision Making - Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.


Operation and Control - Controlling operations of equipment or systems.


Equipment Selection - Determining the kind of tools and equipment needed to do a job.


Time Management - Managing one's own time and the time of others.


Systems Evaluation - Identifying measures or indicators of system performance and the actions needed to improve or correct performance, relative to the goals of the system.


Operations Analysis - Analyzing needs and product requirements to create a design.


Mathematics - Using mathematics to solve problems.


Writing - Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.


Systems Analysis - Determining how a system should work and how changes in conditions, operations, and the environment will affect outcomes.


Active Learning - Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.


Monitoring - Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.


Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.


Coordination - Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.


Social Perceptiveness - Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.


Technology Design - Generating or adapting equipment and technology to serve user needs.


Science - Using scientific rules and methods to solve problems.


Management of Personnel Resources - Motivating, developing, and directing people as they work, identifying the best people for the job.


Persuasion - Persuading others to change their minds or behavior.


Service Orientation - Actively looking for ways to help people.


Operation Monitoring - Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.


Instructing - Teaching others how to do something.


Learning Strategies - Selecting and using training/instructional methods and procedures appropriate for the situation when learning or teaching new things.


Repairing - Repairing machines or systems using the needed tools.


Installation - Installing equipment, machines, wiring, or programs to meet specifications.


Negotiation - Bringing others together and trying to reconcile differences.


Management of Material Resources - Obtaining and seeing to the appropriate use of equipment, facilities, and materials needed to do certain work.


Troubleshooting - Determining causes of operating errors and deciding what to do about it.


Management of Financial Resources - Determining how money will be spent to get the work done, and accounting for these expenditures.


Equipment Maintenance - Performing routine maintenance on equipment and determining when and what kind of maintenance is needed.


This following graph displays the lower, median and upper income potential of the job.

  • Lower Income Salary $44k
  • Median Income Salary$77k
  • Upper Income Salary $117k

Employment Projections for this Job


Education Pathway

High school courses

  • Below A rigorous high school STEM education - versus the minimum required for graduation - prepares students to come up with creative solutions to tough problems, better preparing them for college and new careers.

  • Recommended years of math:
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  • Recommended years of science:
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Degree Levels Offered

    • Administrative Professional-CT
    • Associate of Applied Science - Computer Technologi
    • Comp Sci & Engrg (2nd Major)
    • Computer Science BA
    • Computer Science BSCS
    • Computer Science PHD
    • Mgmt Information Systems BSBA
    • Adminstrative Professional-AAS
    • Computer Programming-AAS
    • Computer Science BS
    • Computer Science MSCS
    • Computer Science-AS
    • Mgmt Information Systems CERTG

Education by degree The following are the total graduates from all the Nevada System of Higher Education institutions in 2014-2015 school year.

  • 33

    Associate's Degree

  • 99

    Bachelor's Degree

  • 2

    Certificate Of At Least One But Less Than Two Years

  • 3

    Doctoral Degree (academic)

  • 1

    Graduate Certificate

  • 10

    Master's Degree