Computer Programmers


Convert project specifications and statements of problems and procedures to detailed logical flow charts for coding into computer language. Develop and write computer programs to store, locate, and retrieve specific documents, data, and information. May program web sites.


Top Industries of Employment

  1. Computer And Data Processing Services
  2. Security Brokers And Dealers
  3. Research And Testing Services
  4. Professional & Commercial Equipment
  5. Commercial Banks

2002 - 2003 Wages
by MSA and Workforce Investment Areas

Area Employment**
Total
Hourly Wage Annual
Mean Entry Experienced Mean Entry Experienced
Missouri 11,290 28.59 18.32 33.72 59,460 38,100 70,140
Joplin MSA 70 23.51 15.50 27.52 48,900 32,230 57,240
Columbia MSA 140 22.26 15.08 25.86 46,310 31,360 53,780
St Joseph MSA 40 24.10 13.93 29.19 50,130 28,980 60,710
Springfield MSA 300 22.32 14.05 26.46 46,420 29,220 55,030
St Louis MSA 6,480 30.03 20.18 34.95 62,460 41,970 72,710
Kansas City* 2,310 27.40 18.44 31.88 56,990 38,358 66,306
Central Region* 340 24.36 15.88 28.60 50,664 33,030 59,480
Northeast Region* 40 22.73 13.75 27.22 47,283 28,610 56,620
Northwest Region* 80 24.49 15.68 28.90 50,939 32,615 60,102
Ozark Region* 370 20.82 12.16 25.15 43,306 25,296 52,312
South Central Region* 40 26.61 12.82 33.51 55,358 26,674 69,701
Southeast Region* 60 21.66 13.17 25.90 45,050 27,391 53,880
Southwest Region* 100 23.35 16.36 26.85 48,576 34,024 55,851
St. Charles* 130 28.51 20.82 32.35 59,297 43,304 67,294
St. Louis City* 1,100 27.86 19.77 31.91 57,951 41,113 66,369
St. Louis County* 4,950 30.90 20.53 36.08 64,271 42,703 75,055
West Central Region* 120 20.04 11.28 24.42 41,685 23,464 50,796

Long-term Employment Projections

Area Employment ** Change 2000-2010 Annual
Avg Openings
Long-term
Outlook
2000 Estimated 2010 Projected Number Percent
Missouri 11,550 11,340 -210 -1.82 242 Fair
Kansas City MSA 5,330 5,300 -30 -.56 112 Fair
St Louis MSA 6,120 5,560 -560 -9.15 128 Fair
Northeast Region* 80 70 -10 -12.50 2 Caution
Northwest Region* 150 130 -20 -13.33 3 Fair
Ozark Region* 380 380 .00 8 Fair
South Central Region* 60 50 -10 -16.67 1 Caution
Southeast Region* 110 110 .00 2 Good
Southwest Region* 200 210 10 5.00 5 Great
West Central Region* 70 80 10 14.29 2 Caution

* - Workforce Investment Areas
** - Why are the employment levels different for the same occupation?



This profession generally requires Bachelor's degree in one of the following
Artificial Intelligence and Robotics (NEW)
Computer Programming/Programmer, General
Computer Programming, Specific Applications (NEW)
Computer Programming, Vendor/Product Certification (NEW)
Computer Graphics (NEW)
Web/Multimedia Management and Webmaster (NEW)
Bioinformatics (NEW)
Medical Office Computer Specialist/Assistant (NEW)
Medical Informatics (NEW)
E-Commerce/Electronic Commerce (NEW)
Management Information Systems, General