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Employment of computer programmers is projected to grow 8 percent from 2012 to 2022, about as fast as the average for all occupations, according to the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL). Job applicants with the best chances of employment will be college graduates with strong object-oriented programming capabilities and technical specialization in areas such as wireless, mobile, and Internet applications, multimedia technology, client/server programming, and graphic user interface. In addition, the best applicants will have some training or experience in an applied field such as accounting, science, engineering, or management. Since this field is constantly changing, programmers should stay abreast of the latest technology to remain competitive. Growing emphasis on cyber-security will lead to demand for programmers familiar with digital security issues.
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