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Computer Programming Jobs
By Steven Bryan
When asked to describe his typical work day, computer programmer Peter Gibbons, the everyman hero of the movie Office Space, said that he tends to space out a few hours each day, and, in a given week, he probably does "about 15 minutes of real, actual work." In reality, computer programmers spend quite a bit of time working on assignments, as well as addressing the business needs of clients and associates.
Preparing for a programming career
When considering a career as a computer programmer ,a four-year degree from an accredited school is essential to opening doors for you after graduation. During your time in the classroom, it is important to take classes that teach the following skills:
- Computer languages
Perl, Java and other languages are an essential part of any computer programming curriculum. The actual language itself is not as important as the programming concepts you learn in class, however. At the end of the semester, you should be able to debug and troubleshoot programs, which is what most employers hire new programmers to do.
- Excellent writing and public speaking skills
Computer programmers need to speak and write in languages other than COBOL or Java. During the work day, you will find yourself in meetings, on conference calls with clients and sending emails to the departments that you support within your company. Good written and oral communication skills make you stand out when compared to your colleagues. In business corresp...