Becoming a Successful Computer Programmer

             The career I choose to research is computer programming. Computer programmers write and maintain detailed instructions used to create software. These instructions, also called code, are made up of different languages that a computer can recognize. Because there are many language a programmer always needs to be able to learn new things. Computers have always been a hobby for me and satisfy many needs that I require in a career.
             In order to be a successful programmer, there are many skills you must possess. The most important skill is logic. Because of all the detail and explicit instructions required to program software a person must be able to think logically. In high school my strongest class was math. Math is my favorite subject because it deals with breaking things down and simplifying them. This is what programming is all about. Another quality I have that relates to programming is patients. About 80 percent of programmers work time spent debugging. Debugging is the process of finding all the errors in the code and fix them. This requires tons of patients because many of these errors are hard to seek out. Also, I love to solve problems. In high school, my computer science teacher would give us brain teasers, and I would sit up all night until I figured it out. A computer programmer must be able to receive a problem and find the most efficient way to solve it.
             The three qualities I looked at in choosing a career are salary, interesting work, and being able to see that my work has created something. People say that money isn't everything, but it certainly does help. In 1998 the median of annual earnings for a computer programmer was $47,550. Half of these people earned between $37,000 and $70,500 a year. These numbers are rising due to a growing demand for programmers. Working with computers is almost always fun and exciting for me. There is something about working with one of the greatest inventions of ...

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