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Job Description

Programmers and software development professionals design, develop, test, implement and maintain software systems in order to meet the specifications and business objectives of the information system; they also design and develop specialist software e.g. for computer games.



Entrants usually possess a degree or equivalent qualification, although entry with other academic qualifications and/or significant relevant experience is possible. There is a variety of vocational, professional and postgraduate qualifications available.



  • Examines existing software and determines requirements for new/modified systems in the light of business needs;

  • Undertakes feasibility study to design software solutions;

  • Writes and codes individual programs according to specifications;

  • Develops user interfaces;

  • Tests and corrects software programs;

  • Writes code for specialist programming for computer games, (for example, artificial intelligence, 3D engine development);

  • Implements and evaluates the software;

  • Plans and maintains database structures;

  • Writes operational documentation and provides subsequent support and training for users.



Computer Programmer Average Salary

UK Average Salary



85% Male
15% Female

UK Workforce Total
43% Male
57% Female


Weekly Hours

39 hours

UK Average Hours
37.5 hours


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