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What skills do you need to be a programmer?

To succeed in computer programming, it’s helpful to have strong skills in computer languages, math, science and logic. In addition to these skills, coders also benefit from the following soft skills:

  • Problem solving: By coding, computer programmers create solutions for different industry needs. They also test programs for bugs, trouble-shoot problems and fix any issues that appear, which is why problem solving is a necessary skill.
  • Perseverance and patience: More often than not, programs won’t work on the first try. They need fine-tuning and adjustments, which is why patience is a good quality for computer programmers. And when fixing bugs, you will need perseverance to keep trying new solutions until the problem is resolved.
  • Attention to detail: In computer programming, every letter and keystroke counts. One incorrect character can make an entire program not work. That’s why computer programmers and coders must have exceptional attention to detail.
  • Communication skills: Computer programmers must create programs for a variety of industries and needs. That’s why it’s important to be able to communicate effectively with different groups to fully understand their needs and create effective solutions.

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