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Computer Programmers - 15-1251.00

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O*NET-SOC Description

Create, modify, and test the code and scripts that allow computer applications to run. Work from specifications drawn up by software and web developers or other individuals. May develop and write computer programs to store, locate, and retrieve specific documents, data, and information.

Sample of Reported Job Titles

  • Analyst Programmer
  • Application Programmer Analyst
  • Computer Programmer
  • Computer Programmer Analyst
  • Internet Programmer
  • Java Developer
  • Programmer
  • Programmer Analyst
  • Web Applications Programmer
  • Web Programmer

SOC Occupation Groups

Related Occupations


  • Assign, coordinate, and review work and activities of programming personnel.
  • Collaborate with computer manufacturers and other users to develop new programming methods.
  • Compile and write documentation of program development and subsequent revisions, inserting comments in the coded instructions so others can understand the program.
  • Conduct trial runs of programs and software applications to be sure they will produce the desired information and that the instructions are correct.
  • Consult with and assist computer operators or system analysts to define and resolve problems in running computer programs.
  • Consult with managerial, engineering, and technical personnel to clarify program intent, identify problems, and suggest changes.
  • Correct errors by making appropriate changes and rechecking the program to ensure that the desired results are produced.
  • Develop Web sites.
  • Investigate whether networks, workstations, the central processing unit of the system, or peripheral equipment are responding to a program's instructions.
  • Perform or direct revision, repair, or expansion of existing programs to increase operating efficiency or adapt to new requirements.
  • Perform systems analysis and programming tasks to maintain and control the use of computer systems software as a systems programmer.
  • Prepare detailed workflow charts and diagrams that describe input, output, and logical operation, and convert them into a series of instructions coded in a computer language.
  • Train subordinates in programming and program coding.
  • Train users on the use and function of computer programs.
  • Write or contribute to instructions or manuals to guide end users.
  • Write, analyze, review, and rewrite programs, using workflow chart and diagram, and applying knowledge of computer capabilities, subject matter, and symbolic logic.
  • Write, update, and maintain computer programs or software packages to handle specific jobs such as tracking inventory, storing or retrieving data, or controlling other equipment.

Detailed Work Activities

  • Assign duties or work schedules to employees.
  • Collaborate with others to resolve information technology issues.
  • Coordinate project activities with other personnel or departments.
  • Design websites or web applications.
  • Develop computer or online applications.
  • Develop diagrams or flow charts of system operation.
  • Develop models of information or communications systems.
  • Document design or development procedures.
  • Manage information technology projects or system activities.
  • Modify software programs to improve performance.
  • Prepare instruction manuals.
  • Resolve computer software problems.
  • Supervise information technology personnel.
  • Teach others to use computer equipment or hardware.
  • Test computer system operations to ensure proper functioning.
  • Test software performance.
  • Train others in computer interface or software use.
  • Write computer programming code.

Military Crosswalk Titles

  • Analyst And Reporter (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Communications - Computer Systems Programming (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Communications - Computer Systems Programming Apprentice (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Communications - Computer Systems Programming Craftsman (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Communications - Computer Systems Programming Helper (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Communications - Computer Systems Programming Journeyman (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Computer Programmer (FORTRAN) (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Computer Systems Programming (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Computer Systems Programming Apprentice (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Computer Systems Programming Craftsman (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Computer Systems Programming Helper (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Computer Systems Programming Journeyman (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Cryptologic Technician Technical (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Cryptologic Technicians (Collection) (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Entry Level Programmer/Analyst (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Information Services Technician (Army - Warrant Officer only)
  • Information System Technician (Coast Guard - Enlisted)
  • Information Systems Technician (Army - Warrant Officer only)
  • Information Systems Technician (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Information Systems Technician Submarines (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Intelligence Specialist (Coast Guard - Enlisted)
  • Programmer, ADA (Marine Corps - Enlisted)
  • Signals Analyst (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Small Computer Systems Operator/Programmer (Marine Corps - Enlisted)

Apprenticeship Crosswalk Titles

  • Computer Programmer
  • Computer Programmer (Software Technician)
  • Programmer, Engineering and Scientific

DOT Crosswalk Titles

  • Chief, Computer Programmer
  • Computer Programmer
  • Programmer, Engineering and Scientific