Thursday, November 13, 2014

Computer Programmers: The Minds Behind the Machines

Computer programmers are an important component of Oregon’s dynamic high-tech industry. They are charged with creating, modifying, and testing the code, forms, and script that allow computer hardware and software applications to run. Programmers must possess a keen understanding of user needs and the creativity to customize products accordingly.

In 2012, nearly two-thirds of computer programmers worked in the Portland Tri-County area (Multnomah, Washington, and Clackamas counties). Hourly wages in 2014 varied from $19.81 for entry-level positions to $51.80 for experienced workers at the highest end of the pay scale. Statewide, the median hourly wage was $35.87 with an average (mean) annual wage of $73,606, making this group a high-wage occupation. For all occupations in Oregon, the median hourly wage was $17.52 and the average (mean) annual wage was $46,441.

For more on computer programmers, read Jill Cuyler-Crook's article: Computer Programmers: The Minds Behind the Machines.

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