Applications Programmers

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Applications Programmers

Applications Programmers - Working Conditions

In a typical work setting, computer programmers:

Interpersonal Relationships

  • Are responsible for the work done by programmers they supervise.
  • Have a medium level of social contact with coworkers. Programmers generally work alone while coding, but may meet with others to plan the program.
  • Communicate with others daily by e-mail, telephone, and in person.
  • Write letters and memos often.
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  • Work as part of a team.

Physical Work Conditions

  • Always work indoors.
  • Work near other people but have a few feet of space separating self from others.

Work Performance

  • Must be sure that all details of the job are done and their work is exact. Programming errors could cost the company money in lost time or data.
  • Must sometimes repeat the same physical and mental tasks.
  • Work in a moderately competitive environment.
  • Must meet strict deadlines often.
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  • Can set most tasks and goals without talking to a supervisor.
  • Rarely consult a supervisor before making a decision.
  • Often make decisions that affect others.


  • Work 40 hours per week.
  • May work long hours to solve critical problems or meet deadlines.
  • May be able to perform some of their work at home by ""telecommuting.""
Source: Illinois Career Information System (CIS) brought to you by Illinois Department of Employment Security.