If you’re learning to program, you’ll be glad to know that computer science is among the college majors with the best prospects, giving some of the highest salaries when you start working.

If you don’t believe it, here’s proof.

Here’s a sample of the job opportunities and salaries a computer programmer can expect.

  • Web Developer

 Web developers are responsible for the function and look of websites.

The median salary for such an occupation is $67,990, and the employment opportunities are projected to grow at about 15% from 2016-2026 (faster than average).

The task of any web developer is to listen keenly to clients’ needs so they can produce websites that fulfil the clients’ personal/ business objectives. Having a portfolio of website designs is a great asset in getting clients.

Web developers can also pre-design websites and sell licenses for multiple clients to use those website designs. This can turn into an even more lucrative venture that’s sure to make anyone fall in love with programming.

  • Software Application Developer

Software application developers create and enhance applications for mobile devices like cell phones and tablets.

Here, you can expect a median salary of $101,790. And the employment opportunities are projected to grow at an astounding 31% from 2016-2026.

Considering the increasing popularity of smartphones, more and more applications will need to be designed for such mobile devices. Besides, many companies are setting up mobile apps for their clients. This means more job prospects.

Successful software application developers must extensively learn programming, have an aptitude for math, collaborate a lot with others, and keep tabs on the latest trends within this field.

  • Computer Systems Engineer

Computer systems engineers build foundational operating systems that run computers, like Mac and Windows OS.

The median salary for this role is $88,510. Due to the limited scope of this occupation, it’s projected to grow at an average rate of 9% from 2016-2026.

Such computer systems engineers spend months and years learning programming, mathematical analysis, and engineering. This is because their job involves designing critical computer technology and systems that support other software applications.

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Such a professional will be involved in advising clients about hardware and software needs and requirements. They also identify solutions to complex application problems, network concerns, and system administration issues.

  • Computer Systems Analyst

Computer systems analysts support IT departments by ensuring computer systems work.

Professionals in this field earn a median salary of $88,270. You can expect these types of jobs to increase at a rate of 9% from 2016-2026.

The role of a computer systems analyst is merging a company’s business initiatives with its information technology (IT) department. They achieve this by evaluating the computer network systems and proposing upgrades that meet the business needs.

Therefore, such professionals need to have some understanding of the business operations, along with a good grasp of coding.

  • Database Administrator

The responsibility of a database administrator is organizing, securing, and troubleshooting data storage.

You can expect a median salary of $87,020 in this occupation, which is expected to grow at a rate of 11% from 2016-2026.

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Such professionals typically work for companies which need to manage large amounts of information. It’s a great job for someone who wants to learn programming, as well as analyzing and recovering data. The position also involves quite a bit of problem-solving.

  • Software Quality Assurance (QA) Engineer

As the name suggests, software quality assurance engineers are involved in quality assurance at the beginning of software development.

The median salary for this role is $88,510, and it’s expected to grow at a rate of 9% from 2016-2026.

A software QA engineer identifies defects, designs tests and scenarios, and creates manuals for new software. Their tasks also involve reviewing software designs to ensure functionality and identifying potential problems.

That means you need a keen eye so you can notice anything that seems odd.

  • Business Intelligence Analyst

Although not a necessity for business intelligence analysts, programming does make such professionals far more valuable.

These professionals earn a median salary of $88,510 with projected employment growth of 9% from 2016-2026.

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Such a job is much like a behind-the-scenes marketer gathering intricate facts about software products and trends, then figuring out what can help support the business initiatives.

With a basic understanding of coding, you can excel in this profession since it doesn’t strictly centre on programming.

Conclusion

There are many other high-paying job opportunities for programmers, which are set to increase with the technological advancements in this era. If you’re not already a programmer and too busy with your day job, you can still change your career in the spare time by learning programming through flexible online courses.

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