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Computer Applications Programming Career Overview
Those with a bachelor's degree in computer applications programming can seek employment in specialized roles in software development or engineering. While job prospects may be fairweather, the income is substantial, ranging from $70,000 to almost $100,000.
As of May 2014, the median annual wages for computer applications software engineers was $85,430, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. It was $77,550 for computer programmers. According to PayScale.com, the median salary as of January 2016 for graduates with a bachelor's degree in computer science was as follows:
- Software developer, web applications - $70,590
- Software engineer, developer and programmer - $73,031
- Senior software engineer, developer and programmer - $94,083
Computer applications software engineers design software, such as operating systems, network control systems, business applications and computer games. After analyzing a user's needs, computer applications software engineers produce computer applications, software and focused utility programs. Depending on the purpose of the program, software engineers use different programming languages, such as C, C++, Python and Java.
After a software program has been designed, computer programmers convert the design into instructions for the computer to follow; these instructions are coded using various programming languages. Computer programmers most commonly use C++ and Python for programming.
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics overall employment for computer programmers is expected to decline 8% between 2014 and 2024. This outcome is suspected to be the result of outsourcing to countries where wages are lower.