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COMPUTER PROGRAMMER: Make Sure You Take Breaks From The Computer

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This self-taught computer programmer spends long hours in front of a computer coding on a typical day. Because of this, he advises taking breaks from the computer. It is important to take care of your health and family in addition to working.

Job Title: Computer Programmer

Job Summary: Computer Programmers

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Computer programmers write code to create software programs. They turn the program designs created by software developers and engineers into instructions that a computer can follow.

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$40,000 - $115,000
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Indoor, Office, Home, Travel
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Analytical skills, Detail oriented, Patience

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m='12920'>your</span> <span m='13060'>eyes.</span> <span m='14510'>But</span> <span m='14920'>just</span> <span m='15290'>basically,</span> <span m='16350'>I</span> <span m='16870'>wrote</span> <span m='17350'>software</span> <span m='17690'>code</span> <span m='17940'>so</span> <span m='18040'>that</span> <span m='18330'>people</span> <span m='18600'>can</span> <span m='18760'>use</span> <span m='18970'>them</span> <span m='19350'>and</span> <span m='19635'>hopefully</span> <span m='19920'>better</span> <span m='20180'>their lives.</span> </p><p><span m='21190'>Well,</span> <span m='21370'>basically</span> <span m='21770'>high</span> <span m='21890'>school</span> <span m='22370'>and</span> <span m='22600'>then</span> <span m='23180'>the</span> <span m='23240'>rest</span> <span m='23500'>was</span> <span m='23550'>self-taught.</span> <span m='24170'>So</span> <span m='25530'>ambitious,</span> <span m='26060'>I</span> <span m='26100'>guess.</span> <span m='26570'>I</span> <span m='26650'>don't</span> <span m='26800'>know.</span> <span m='27430'>My</span> <span m='27710'>father</span> <span m='28070'>was</span> <span m='28280'>doing</span> <span m='29420'>computer</span> <span m='29580'>work</span> <span m='29790'>as</span> <span m='29910'>well</span> <span m='30090'>so</span> <span m='30180'>I</span> <span m='30480'>grew</span> <span m='30710'>up</span> <span m='30900'>on</span> <span m='31410'>computers,</span> <span m='31920'>and</span> <span m='32720'>following</span> <span m='33090'>that</span> <span m='33260'>way was</span> <span m='33820'>a</span> <span m='34020'>natural</span> <span m='34340'>extension.</span> </p><p><span m='35130'>Basically,</span> <span m='37080'>I</span> <span m='37210'>was</span> <span m='37370'>interested</span> <span m='38000'>and</span> <span m='39210'>pursued</span> <span m='39545'>it</span> <span m='39880'>and</span> <span m='41480'>learned</span> <span m='41690'>the</span> <span m='41760'>skills</span> <span m='42160'>that I</span> <span m='42230'>needed</span> <span m='42500'>to</span> <span m='42600'>learn</span> <span m='42910'>in</span> <span m='43040'>order</span> <span m='43280'>to</span> <span m='44430'>secure</span> <span m='44790'>the</span> <span m='44870'>job.</span> <span m='45730'>And</span> <span m='46630'>it</span> <span m='46720'>wasn't</span> <span m='47010'>easy,</span> <span m='47330'>but</span> <span m='48350'>determination</span> <span m='49290'>and</span> <span m='49620'>perseverance</span> <span m='50390'>and</span> <span m='50870'>all</span> <span m='51000'>those</span> <span m='51390'>good</span> <span m='51590'>character</span> <span m='51930'>qualities</span> <span m='52640'>brought</span> <span m='53042'>me</span> <span m='53444'>to where</span> <span m='53846'>I am.</span> <span m='55420'>What</span> <span m='55570'>I</span> <span m='55630'>wish</span> <span m='55840'>I</span> <span m='55900'>knew</span> <span m='56060'>in</span> <span m='56140'>high</span> <span m='56280'>school</span> <span m='57610'>is</span> <span m='58090'>how</span> <span m='58210'>much</span> <span m='58420'>time and</span> <span m='58710'>dedication</span> <span m='59000'>it</span> <span m='59290'>would</span> <span m='59400'>take</span> <span m='59650'>to</span> <span m='59810'>secure</span> <span m='60560'>a</span> <span m='60710'>good</span> <span m='60930'>career.</span> <span m='62830'>And</span> <span m='62940'>also</span> <span m='63610'>a</span> <span m='63720'>bit</span> <span m='63880'>of</span> <span m='63960'>a</span> <span m='64040'>balance</span> <span m='64540'>as</span> <span m='64660'>well.</span> </p><p><span m='65670'>Putting</span> <span m='65790'>yourself</span> <span m='66170'>as</span> <span m='66280'>a</span> <span m='66350'>priority,</span> <span m='66780'>your</span> <span m='66910'>health,</span> <span m='67650'>your</span> <span m='67780'>family,</span> <span m='68890'>things</span> <span m='69090'>like</span> <span m='69240'>that</span> <span m='69430'>because</span> <span m='69620'>it's</span> <span m='69750'>very</span> <span m='70000'>easy</span> <span m='70260'>to</span> <span m='71116'>be</span> <span m='71970'>driven</span> <span m='72470'>by</span> <span m='72970'>the</span> <span m='73110'>almighty</span> <span m='73450'>dollar,</span> <span m='74320'>and</span> <span m='75080'>you</span> <span m='75290'>end</span> <span m='75420'>up</span> <span m='75530'>putting</span> <span m='75770'>in a</span> <span m='75850'>lot</span> <span m='76010'>of</span> <span m='76080'>time</span> <span m='76460'>and</span> <span m='76560'>effort</span> <span m='77090'>into</span> <span m='77220'>work</span> <span m='77790'>and</span> <span m='78100'>you</span> <span m='78200'>neglect</span> <span m='78490'>those</span> <span m='78730'>things</span> <span m='78950'>around</span> <span m='79230'>you</span> <span m='79410'>that</span> <span m='80520'>should</span> <span m='80710'>be</span> <span m='80810'>the</span> <span m='80890'>things</span> <span m='81120'>that</span> <span m='81220'>you</span> <span m='81360'>work</span> <span m='82080'>towards</span> <span m='83030'>enhancing.</span> <span m='86660'>Work</span> <span m='86890'>to</span> <span m='87040'>live,</span> <span m='87400'>don't</span> <span m='87640'>live</span> <span m='87900'>to</span> <span m='88020'>work</span> <span m='88400'>kind of thing.</span> <span m='89000'>And</span> <span m='89120'>just</span> <span m='89980'>being</span> <span m='90210'>able</span> <span m='90330'>to</span> <span m='90450'>enjoy</span> <span m='91530'>life</span> <span m='91920'>and</span> <span m='92310'>all</span> <span m='92480'>it</span> <span m='92550'>has</span> <span m='92740'>to</span> <span m='92830'>offer</span> <span m='93250'>outside</span> <span m='93820'>of</span> <span m='94220'>being</span> <span m='94490'>stuck</span> <span m='94670'>in</span> <span m='94770'>a cubicle</span> <span m='95830'>or in</span> <span m='96350'>a</span> <span 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