In a typical work setting, computer programmers:
- 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.
- 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.""