Programming Associate’s Degree Programs

Career Options

  • Computer Programmer
  • Computer Support Specialist

Expected Salary

$42,850

Job Growth

12%

These projections are estimates based on data from the US Bureau of Labor Statistics.

An associate’s degree in computer programming will afford you the opportunity to enter the exciting and constantly growing field of technology and its applications. Programmers are indispensable in this day and age, whether repairing, designing or conserving programs and writing specific code in the languages required for the specific programs. Computer programmers are often at the very heart of an organization, making sure that it runs efficiently.



Computer programmers are also called:

  • Internet programmers
  • Systems programmers
  • Software or hardware programmers
  • Business programmers
  • Programming analysts
  • Database programmers

In order to attain any of the above careers, you will be required to have an extensive knowledge of technology, computer programs, and distinct programming languages.

The most important task of a programmer is to write code. In order to learn these programming languages, which change constantly, you will need to attend courses that will help you apply these languages. Some languages are becoming obsolete, being replaced with even more advanced systems that require programmers to be on the front lines of technological understanding and engineering.

Some of the languages that are utilized today include but are not limited to:

  • C++
  • Visual Basic
  • Java
  • Javascript
  • Perl
  • ADA
  • GUI applications
  • HTML and other internet languages
  • CASE tools
  • PowerBuilder

In order to make themselves more marketable to potential employers, most programmers will learn more than one language, even four or more. In addition, the languages that are created today can be learned more easily because they are derived from other languages that were written in the past. Like learning a foreign language, it is of primary importance that computer programmers master their languages in order to write the code smoothly and correctly.

Also, even though many computer programmers are assigned to write code, there are already many huge databases which contain thousands of pre-written lines of code. This assists programmers write their code within a shorter period of time and for any business or organization, time is associated with budget concerns.

After writing the code, computer programmers must test it to ensure that it runs correctly. If error messages occur, then the programmer must “debug” the program in order for it to run efficiently. Testing and debugging programs are a very large part of a computer programmer’s employment.

An associate’s degree in computer programming will open many doors for the potential graduate. Whether you want to work in a small business or a large corporation, there is always a need for qualified programmers. Many online schools also offer the opportunity for their graduates to return and take more courses when other languages become available for them to learn.

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Advanced Training Associates

It is the everyday goal of ATA to assist individuals in learning new skills and/or enhancing previously obtained skills, through continuing education or vocational education. ATA also provides customized military education programs to a variety of armed forces branches and major corporations from across America. If you are not able to come to us, we will bring the education to you. ATA is fully equipped to travel and teach at your location. In San Diego, we are in the Military Spouse Advancement Initiative.

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Sullivan University Online

Sullivan University is Kentucky’s largest private college or university, offering higher education for people with higher goals. At Sullivan University, we focus on in-demand programs that lead to successful careers. Whether you’re a high school student considering college, or someone seeking professional development, you’ll be surprised at the alternatives Sullivan University offers. Our streamlined programs are designed to fit into your lifestyle. With online course offerings, we work around your busy schedule to help you find a flexible plan that suits you. We offer everything from certificates and diplomas to advanced degrees so you can find a program that fits. For over 50 years, Sullivan has prepared students for lifelong success. Our course offerings have continually evolved to meet the practical needs of the business world, and our work continues with unlimited employment assistance to help graduates find jobs nationwide. Find out what makes Sullivan the right fit for you!

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