How to write a Computer Programmer job description

Your job description is the first touchpoint between your company and your new hire. With millions of people searching for jobs on Indeed each month, a great job description can help you attract the most qualified candidates to your open position. To get you started, here are some tips for creating an effective job description.

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Computer Programmer job title

A great job title typically includes a general term, level of experience and any special requirements. The general term will optimize your job title to show up in a general search for jobs of the same nature. The level of experience will help you attract the most qualified applicants by outlining the amount of responsibility and prior knowledge required. And if your position is specialized, consider including the specialization in the job title as well. But avoid using internal titles, abbreviations or acronyms to make sure people understand what your job posting is before clicking.

Examples of Computer Programmer job titles

    Computer Programmer
    Senior Computer Programmer
    Computer Programmer (with C++ proficiency)
    Computer Programmer (Part-Time)

Computer Programmer job summary

A great job description starts with a compelling summary of the position and its role within your company. Your summary should provide an overview of your company and expectations for the position. Outline the types of activities and responsibilities required for the job so job seekers can determine if they are qualified, or if the job is a good fit.

Example of a Computer Programmer job summary

We have an immediate opening for a Computer Programmer to create and maintain internal software programs for our business. The ideal candidate has a strong background in software development and programming. He or she will have an enhanced facility with the Windows operating system and associated hardware. The ideal candidate is a hard-working individual who has a creative but analytical mindset. He or she should be self-motivated and self-supervised, as telecommuting is encouraged for at least part of the work week. The position comes with opportunities for advancement within the IT department for the right candidate as well as exceptional benefits and a competitive salary.

Computer Programmer responsibilities and duties

The responsibilities and duties section is the most important part of the job description. Here you should outline the functions this position will perform on a regular basis, how the job functions within the organization and who the job reports to.

Examples of Computer Programmer responsibilities

    Code and test programming for in-house software programs
    Debug code for existing programs based on immediate need
    Conduct end-user training upon completion of software
    Balance workday between multiple projects and respond immediately to tech support requests from staff
    Implement systems in in-house production environment
    Report issues and concerns immediately to IT manager
    Troubleshoot system bugs and issues

Computer Programmer qualifications and skills

Next, outline the required and preferred skills for your position. This may include education, previous job experience, certifications and technical skills. You may also include soft skills and personality traits that you envision for a successful hire. While it may be tempting to include a long list of skills and requirements, including too many could dissuade qualified candidates from applying. Keep your list of qualifications concise, but provide enough detail with relevant keywords and terms.

Examples of Computer Programmer skills

    Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science, Computer Programming or related field
    3+ years’ software development experience
    Extensive experience with Java, C#, SQL server database and C++
    Advanced knowledge of Windows operating systems and Microsoft software
    HTML and CSS experience preferred
    Ability to focus on multiple projects at once and to troubleshoot problems quickly
    Commitment to continuing education in computer programming (training at employer’s expense)

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