This allows for specialisation within a subject area at an early stage of your career, something that could set you up for higher education or employment.
Programmers and software development professionals
Annual pay £46,280
Workforce change 8%
The workforce is projected to expand by 8% over the period to 2024, adding
22,289 jobs. In the same period, 24% of the workforce is projected to retire, creating 70,512 job openings.
Programmers and software development professionals design, develop, test, implement and maintain software systems in order to meet the specifications and business objectives of the information system; they also design and develop specialist software e.g. for computer games.
examines existing software and determines requirements for new/modified systems in the light of business needs
undertakes feasibility study to design software solutions
writes and codes individual programs according to specifications
develops user interfaces
tests and corrects software programs
writes code for specialist programming for computer games, (for example, artificial intelligence, 3D engine development)
implements and evaluates the software
plans and maintains database structures
writes operational documentation and provides subsequent support and training for users.