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Employment for computer programmers is expected to grow by 12 percent through 2020, according to the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL), or about as fast as the average for all careers. 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.