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Programmers & Software Development Professionals

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.

Tasks

  • 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.

Entry Requirements

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.


What could I earn?

Salaries for this occupation tend to start at £43,000 per annum and can progress up to £47,000 per annum.

Is it in growth or decline?

There are currently 24,953 employed Programmers & Software Development Professionals in the region.

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