A computer programmer typically needs a bachelor's degree in computer science or a related field. Future programmers should also complete a career-based internship and gain certifications in appropriate programming languages.
- Complete a computer-related degree program
While some employers do accept applicants with an associate degree, a bachelor's degree broadens the career options for an aspiring programmer. In a computer science program, a student normally completes both general education and computer-specific courses. It is also common for a programmer to take industry-specific courses in fields such as law to become familiar with software programs in those fields.
- Gain internship experience
Whether required for a degree or not, completing an internship while in school strengthens a programmer's qualifications and skills. Apply for an internship with a software firm in the industry in which you want to work early in your studies.
- Earn programming language certifications