Computer Programmers (15-1131)

Occupation description:  Create, modify, and test the code, forms, and script that allow computer applications to run. Work from specifications drawn up by software developers or other individuals. May assist software developers by analyzing user needs and designing software solutions. May develop and write computer programs to store, locate, and retrieve specific documents, data, and information.

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Employment and Job Openings

  Average employment Average annual openings
  2014 estimate2024 projectionPercent change GrowthReplacementTotal
Alaska 627625 -0.30 1515
United States 328,600302,200 -8.00 8,1008,100

Job outlook

  • Alaska: Alaska’s employment growth is low with high employment opportunities. Read more.


2016 Wages

  Mean Wage Wage by Percentile
  Mean10th25th Median75th90th
United States 40.9521.9129.38 38.3949.8562.67
Alaska 43.5825.4031.87 40.6248.3259.20
Anchorage/Mat-Su Area 45.9124.6131.90 40.6248.8262.24
Fairbanks North Star Borough 37.6725.2428.08 34.0843.2065.54
Southeast Region 41.8726.3534.74 42.4248.7254.60

Labor Force Indicators

2015 Worker Characteristics
Total workersNonresident workers Percent nonresidentPercent age 45 plusPercent age 50 plus
65362 9.547.1 36.0
2015 Potential Supply
Qualified but working in another occupation68
Currently employed in a lower paid occupation20
UI claimants previously working in occupation15
2015 ALEXsys Employment Data
Number of registrants 116
Number of job position postings 25
Ratio of registrants to job position postings 4.6

Typical Entry-level Education, Experience, and/or On-the-job Training

Education: Bachelor’s degree Work experience: None On-the-job training: None

Training Resources

 Degree
Alaska Computer Business Solutions LLC   (Anchorage)
Visio Level 1
Visio Level 2

 Degree
Charter College, Anchorage   (Anchorage)
Computer Information Systems BS

 Degree
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University   (JBER)
Management Information Systems MS

 Degree
Thomas Edison State University   (Eielson AFB)
Computer Science BA

 Degree
University of Alaska Anchorage   (Anchorage)
Business Computer Info Systems AAS
Computer Science Bac
Management Information Systems Bac

 Degree
University of Alaska Anchorage, Kodiak   (Kodiak)
Computer Info Office Systems AAS

 Degree
University of Alaska Anchorage, Prince William Sound   (Valdez)
Computer Info Office Systems OEC

 Degree
University of Alaska Fairbanks   (Fairbanks)
Computer Science Bac
Computer Science Mas

 Degree
Vocational Training and Resource Center   (Juneau)
Computer Graphic Artist
Introduction to Adobe Photoshop
Introduction to Visio Professional

Alaska Economic Trends articles

Alaska’s IT Workers (April 2013)

Employment in Computer–Related Occupations (July 1983)