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Programmer (Information Technology)

Programmers (IT) write, test and maintain computer programmes to ensure that the computer application meets the needs of the users of the computer system.

Duties & Tasks
Programmers may perform the following tasks:
  • assist systems analysts and designers in researching and documenting computer users' requirements
  • analyse objectives and problems specified by analysts and designers
  • translate the solutions provided by systems designers into detailed programme specifications
  • prepare documentation for other programmers, users of the system and other support services workers
  • undertake programme design activities including definition of data and error message arrangements
  • supervise and report on the work of junior programmers
  • modify and document programme code to correct errors or to enhance a programme's capabilities
  • test the programmes and make amendments
  • prepare reports on the status, operation and maintenance of system software for use by computer equipment suppliers, systems designers, other programmers and computer operators.
  • Personal requirements
  • aptitude for technical activities
  • logical approach to the solution of problems
  • able to work independently or as part of a team
  • good communication skills
  • willing to update knowledge as technology changes.
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