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Computer Programmer

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€23k > 100
Computer Systems Programmer
Salary Range
(thousands per year)*
€23 - 100
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Java: 30 - 95
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Andriod/iOs Mobile Apps: 23 - 90
Front End Developer: 30- 70
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Last Updated: February, 2017

* The lower figures typically reflect starting salaries. Higher salaries are awarded to those with greater experience and responsibility. Positions in Dublin sometimes command higher salaries.
Shortage Indicator

As with programmers, the labour market indicators examined point to an occupation in high demand with strong employment growth and evidence that employers are having difficulties filling vacancies.

National Skills Bulletin 2018

6%
Occupational Category

ICT Professionals

Also included in this category:

IT consultants; software testers; systems testers (computing); telecommunications planners; business analysts (computing); system analysts; systems consultants; technical analysts (computing); technical architects; internet developers; multimedia develop

Number Employed:

19,600

Part time workers: 6%
Non-Nationals: 28%
With Third Level: 88%
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At a Glance... header image

Writes, edits and alters Application Software Programs for computers.


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Jason Ruane
Computer Programmer

Jason works as a Computer Programmer for Intel. He went to DCU (Dublin City University) to complete a BSc in Applied Physics, from where he went to immediate employment with Intel. Since then he has completed a Masters in Applied computing at DIT. Both courses have prepared him very well for his current position.

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The Work header image

Applications programmers write programs that instruct a computer to perform tasks such as controlling company stock or updating staff records. They may write new programs or adapt existing ones. They may work on one program or a number ('suite') of programs.  
 
Programmers who work for a large firm or organisation may be responsible for maintaining and updating one or more programs. This requires them to solve any problems that individual users have, and adapt the program to fit in with any changes in the way they work.  
 
When they write a new application program, programmers follow a specification, or 'spec', provided by a systems analyst. The spec describes what the program should do. It may be very precise, in which case the programmer has to follow it exactly, or it may be quite 'loose', which allows the programmer to be more creative. Each spec shows a series of steps, which the programmer translates into computer code. Once programmers have developed a new program, they have to check it very carefully for faults ('bugs') and carefully test it using mock data before it is ready for the final user.  
 
It is becoming more common for applications programmers to be responsible for duties that systems analysts have carried out in the past. Where this is the case, employers may use the title 'analyst programmer' for this career.  
 
Applications programmers often work in teams, with each person contributing to the program or suite of programs.


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The following is a list of the most commonly reported tasks and activities for this occupation

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Correct errors by making appropriate changes and rechecking the program to ensure that the desired results are produced.

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Conduct trial runs of programs and software applications to be sure they will produce the desired information and that the instructions are correct.

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Write, update, and maintain computer programs or software packages to handle specific jobs such as tracking inventory, storing or retrieving data, or controlling other equipment.

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Write, analyze, review, and rewrite programs, using workflow chart and diagram, and applying knowledge of computer capabilities, subject matter, and symbolic logic.

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Perform or direct revision, repair, or expansion of existing programs to increase operating efficiency or adapt to new requirements.

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Consult with managerial, engineering, and technical personnel to clarify program intent, identify problems, and suggest changes.

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Perform systems analysis and programming tasks to maintain and control the use of computer systems software as a systems programmer.

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Compile and write documentation of program development and subsequent revisions, inserting comments in the coded instructions so others can understand the program.

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Prepare detailed workflow charts and diagrams that describe input, output, and logical operation, and convert them into a series of instructions coded in a computer language.

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Consult with and assist computer operators or system analysts to define and resolve problems in running computer programs.

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The following is a list of the most commonly reported work activities in this occupation.

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Interacting With Computers: Using computers and computer systems (including hardware and software) to program, write software, set up functions, enter data, or process information.

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Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge: Keeping up-to-date technically and applying new knowledge to your job.

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Analyzing Data or Information: Identifying the underlying principles, reasons, or facts of information by breaking down information or data into separate parts.

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Thinking Creatively: Developing, designing, or creating new applications, ideas, relationships, systems, or products, including artistic contributions.

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Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates: Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.

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Making Decisions and Solving Problems: Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems.

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Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events: Identifying information by categorizing, estimating, recognizing differences or similarities, and detecting changes in circumstances or events.

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Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work: Developing specific goals and plans to prioritize, organize, and accomplish your work.

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Processing Information: Compiling, coding, categorizing, calculating, tabulating, auditing, or verifying information or data.

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Getting Information: Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.


Knowledge header image

The following is a list of the five most commonly reported knowledge areas for this occupation.

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Computers and Electronics: Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.

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English Language: Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

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Mathematics: Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.

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Customer and Personal Service: Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.

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Administration and Management: Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.


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The following is a list of the most commonly reported skills used in this occupation.

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Programming: Writing computer programs for various purposes.

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Reading Comprehension: Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.

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Quality Control Analysis: Conducting tests and inspections of products, services, or processes to evaluate quality or performance.

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Critical Thinking: Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

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Active Listening: Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.

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Systems Evaluation: Identifying measures or indicators of system performance and the actions needed to improve or correct performance, relative to the goals of the system.

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Operations Analysis: Analyzing needs and product requirements to create a design.

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Complex Problem Solving: Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.

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Judgment and Decision Making: Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.

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Writing: Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.

Personal Qualitiesheader image

You will need to be analytical and logical in your approach to problem solving. Attention to detail is essential. You will need to be patient because an important part of the work involves looking for faults in the program. You will need to be able to work towards meeting deadlines therefore you may often have to work under pressure.  
 
Programmers must enjoy working on their own; you must be able to concentrate for long periods of time. You will also need good communication and teamwork skills because much of the work is project based. You also have to keep up to date with new and changing computer languages.


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Organisation: ICS - The Society for Chartered IT Professionals in Ireland
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Organisation: Irish Software Association
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