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Programmers and software development professionals

Average National Salaries (2017)

Age 20

£17,680 pile of coins

Age 35

£43,680 pile of coins

Age 50

£52,520 pile of coins
Average salary in the East Midlands: £35,880

What does this career do?

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.

Typical 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.

Current 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.

Percentage in work

  • Employed

  • Unemployed

Male
(2018)
Female
(2018)

Due to insufficient sample sizes, some data was excised.

Predicted employment status in 2022

  • Part-time

  • Self Employed

  • Full-time

Predicted employment levels in the East Midlands

Career related courses available at West Notts

About the statistics

Data is powered by LMI for All and is sourced from labour market statistics from the Office for National Statistics (ONS), the Institute for Employment Research, the Department for Works and Pensions, and the UK Commission for Employment and Skills.

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