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PROGRAMMER - PHYSICS INSTRUMENT SOFTWARE: Computer Science Interests Are Helpful In The Industry

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Paul, a programmer for CRAIC Technologies, helped create their Auriga software spectroscopy product. He also works with lasers and instruments to try to improve on them. He tells us that with a broad major, you are able to do many different things as long as you are aggressive in pursuing the opportunities.

Degree: Physics
Job Title: Physics Instrument Software Programmer
Employer: CRAIC Technologies

Job Summary: Software Developers

Job Description

Software developers are the creative minds behind computer programs. Some develop the applications that allow people to do specific tasks on a computer or other device. Others develop the underlying systems that run the devices or control networks. Many software developers work for computer systems design and related services firms or software publishers. Others work in computer and electronic product manufacturing industries.

Software developers typically do the following:
- Analyze users’ needs, then design, test, and develop software to meet those needs
- Recommend software upgrades for customers' existing programs and systems
- Design each piece of the application or system and plan how the pieces will work together
- Create flowcharts and other models that instruct programmers how to write the software’s code
- Ensure that the software continues to function normally through software maintenance and testing
- Document every aspect of the application or system as a reference for future maintenance and upgrades
- Collaborate with other computer specialists to create optimum software

On-the-Job Training

Variable, depending on whether or not you get a degree. It's possible to learn development skills by building applications using a range of free resources on the internet.

Additional Info

Many software developers work for computer systems design and related services firms or software publishers. Some work in computer and electronic product manufacturing industries. Some developers telecommute (work away from the office).

Quick Facts

Average salary
Average salary
National Statistic Change Location
$60,000 - $145,000
Projected job growth
Projected Job Growth
25 to 30 percent
Typical schedule
Typical schedule
Full-time, Long hours, Irregular
Typical workplace
Typical workplace
Office, Remote, Indoor, Home
Personal qualities
Personal Qualities
Detail oriented, Patience, Problem solving skills, Creativity, Analytical skills, Technical skills, Mathematical skills

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m='12120'>So</span> <span m='12520'>any</span> <span m='12890'>computer</span> <span m='13220'>science</span> <span m='14650'>interests</span> <span m='15050'>that</span> <span m='15150'>you</span> <span m='15250'>have</span> <span m='15560'>are</span> <span m='15670'>always</span> <span m='15990'>helpful in the</span> <span m='16340'>industry.</span> </p><p><span m='20880'>Since</span> <span m='21530'>we're</span> <span m='21780'>actually</span> <span m='22050'>launching</span> <span m='22440'>this</span> <span m='22610'>product</span> <span m='23610'>quite</span> <span m='23730'>recently,</span> <span m='24340'>a</span> <span m='24470'>typical</span> <span m='24600'>day</span> <span m='24680'>for me</span> <span m='25110'>the last</span> <span m='25570'>couple months</span> <span m='26040'>has been</span> <span m='26690'>a</span> <span m='26750'>lot</span> <span m='26870'>of</span> <span m='26940'>programming.</span> <span m='27780'>A</span> <span m='28070'>lot</span> <span m='28380'>of</span> <span m='28430'>programming</span> <span m='29565'>of</span> <span m='29980'>this</span> <span m='30190'>guy,</span> <span m='30785'>our</span> <span m='31080'>Auriga</span> <span m='31540'>software</span> <span m='32130'>spectroscopy--</span> <span m='34530'>it's</span> <span m='34790'>managing</span> <span m='35180'>this</span> <span m='35330'>instrument.</span> <span m='38780'>I</span> <span m='38960'>guess I</span> <span m='39170'>don't really</span> <span m='39460'>have a</span> <span m='39610'>typical</span> <span m='39670'>day.</span> </p><p><span m='40360'>That's</span> <span m='40560'>my</span> <span m='40940'>most</span> <span m='41260'>recent</span> <span m='41636'>typical</span> <span m='42012'>day.</span> <span m='42390'>In</span> <span m='42480'>the</span> <span m='42570'>past,</span> <span m='43130'>a</span> <span m='43220'>lot</span> <span m='43390'>of</span> <span m='43450'>my</span> <span m='43600'>typical</span> <span m='44050'>days</span> <span m='44540'>were</span> <span m='45660'>playing</span> <span m='45900'>with</span> <span m='46030'>lasers,</span> <span m='48430'>aligning</span> <span m='49100'>instruments,</span> <span m='49770'>and</span> <span m='50790'>thinking</span> <span m='51160'>about</span> <span m='51450'>how</span> <span m='51660'>to</span> <span m='51910'>improve</span> <span m='52880'>instruments.</span> <span m='53740'>So</span> <span m='54632'>that's</span> <span m='55094'>my</span> <span m='55556'>typical</span> <span m='56018'>day.</span> </p><p><span m='57410'>I</span> <span m='57520'>actually</span> <span m='57780'>graduated</span> <span m='58280'>in</span> <span m='58350'>physics.</span> <span m='59280'>So</span> <span m='60700'>you</span> <span m='60810'>don't</span> <span m='60930'>always</span> <span m='61300'>end</span> <span m='61460'>up</span> <span m='61590'>doing</span> <span m='61960'>what</span> <span m='62110'>you</span> <span m='62220'>graduated</span> <span m='62610'>in,</span> <span 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