Programmer or software development professional

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.

Typical Education Level

Level 4-6

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.

Will retirement created job openings

In the UK, 7% in this profession are aged 55 or above.* They will likely retire in the next 10 years, creating a demand for new workers

*This is based on national data

£39,059

Average annual earnings

The current average wage for programmer or software development professional is £39,059

6,656 positions

Current Employment

The number of jobs in the career for the current year is 6,656. Job counts include both employed and self-employed persons, and do not distinguish between full- and part-time jobs.

457 jobs

Job Postings

Over the past year, 457 jobs have been posted for programmer or software development professional roles.

How well does it pay?

Normal pay for this occupation is £39,059 per year. That is about £3,255 per month or £20.03 per hour. New workers generally start on £22,133, while highly experienced workers can earn as much as £61,328

Is it growing or declining?

This career has remained the same over the last 2 years, and is expected to remain the same over the next 4 years. Currently, 6,656 people are employed in the region.

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