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    PROGRAMMING PATHWAY

    This pathway focuses on the general writing and implementation of generic and customized programs to drive operating systems and prepares students to apply the methods and procedures of software design and programming to software installation and maintenance. Topics of instruction include software design, low- and high-level languages and program writing; program customization and linking; prototype testing; troubleshooting; and related aspects of operating systems and networks.

    COURSES

    CAREER AND TECHNICAL STUDENT ORGANIZATION

    • FBLA

    CREDENTIAL OF VALUE

    COLLEGE MAJORS

    • Computer Support Specialist
    • Web Development
    • Software Development

    CAREER CHOICE

    • Computer Programmer
    • Computer Software Engineer
    • Computer System Analyst
    • Computer Scientist
    • Mathematician

    WAGES FOR COMPUTER PROGRAMMERS

    In Georgia:

    • Workers, on average, earn $85,020.
    • 10% of workers earn $47,270 or less.
    • 10% of workers earn $129,340 or more.

    In the United States:

    • Workers, on average, earn $86,550.
    • 10% of workers earn $50,150 or less.
    • 10% of workers earn $140,250 or more.

    Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2019 wage data external site.

    TOP INDUSTRIES IN WHICH COMPUTER PROGRAMMERS WORK

    • Software Publishers
    • Finance and Insurance
    • Manufacturing
    • Computer Systems Design and Related Services

    SIMILAR OCCUPATIONS TO COMPUTER PROGRAMMERS

    Computer and Information Research Scientists. Median Income: $122,840
    Computer and information research scientists invent and design new approaches to computing technology and find innovative uses for existing technology.
    Entry-Level Education: Master's degree

    Computer and Information Systems Managers. Median Income: $146,360
    Computer and information systems managers plan, coordinate, and direct computer-related activities in an organization.
    Entry-Level Education: Bachelor's degree

    Computer Hardware Engineers. Median Income: $117,220
    Computer hardware engineers research, design, develop, and test computer systems and components.
    Entry-Level Education: Bachelor's degree

    Computer Network Architects. Median Income: $112,690
    Computer network architects design and build data communication networks, including local area networks (LANs), wide area networks (WANs), and Intranets.
    Entry-Level Education: Bachelor's degree

    Computer Support Specialists. Median Income: $54,760
    Computer support specialists provide help and advice to computer users and organizations.

    Computer Systems Analysts. Median Income: $90,920
    Computer systems analysts study an organization's current computer systems and find a solution that is more efficient and effective.
    Entry-Level Education: Bachelor's degree

    Database Administrators. Median Income: $93,750
    Database administrators (DBAs) use specialized software to store and organize data.
    Entry-Level Education: Bachelor's degree

    Information Security Analysts. Median Income: $99,730
    Information security analysts plan and carry out security measures to protect an organization's computer networks and systems.
    Entry-Level Education: Bachelor's degree

    Network and Computer Systems Administrators. Median Income: $83,510
    Network and computer systems administrators are responsible for the day-to-day operation of computer networks.
    Entry-Level Education: Bachelor's degree

    Software Developers. Median Income: $107,510
    Software developers create applications or systems that run on a computer or another device.
    Entry-Level Education: Bachelor's degree

    Web Developers. Median Income: $73,760
    Web developers design and create websites.
    Entry-Level Education: Associate degree

    Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Computer Programmers, on the Internet at
    https://www.bls.gov/ooh/computer-and-information-technology/computer-programmers.htm (visited September 02, 2020).