Career Planning Should I Become a Computer Programmer? Take This Quiz By Dawn Rosenberg McKay Updated November 10, 2016 Share Pin Email Career Planning Career Choices Basics Skills and Training Self-Assessment Job Search Tips Evaluating Job Offers Job Loss Workplace Tips Work Balance Labor Laws and Rights View All 1. Your uncle's computer isn't working. He needs help. What do you do? francisblack / E+ / Getty Images I ask him what problems he's having. Then try to figure out solution. I tell him to call the computer manufacturer's helpline. I go to his house and try turning the computer on and off. I head over to his house to call the computer manufacturer's helpline. 2. Your friend gives you a recipe, but it's very complicated. You ... Westend61 / Getty Images ... Give it to your dad. He likes to bake. ... Buy the ingredients and then at least try to follow the recipe. ... Throw it in the trash. Those cookies were good, but you can't be bothered. ... Get the ingredients. Complicated directions don't scare you. 3. How does spending many hours working on one task make you feel? 4. Would you rather deal with small details or the big picture? Grant Faint / DigitalVision / Getty Images I'm somewhat better with the big picture but good at detail-oriented work too. I'm much better with the big picture than the details. I'm great at dealing with the small details. I can only deal with the big picture. 5. You have a lot of work to do. How will you get it all done? PhotoAlto/Alix Minde / PhotoAlto Agency RF Collections / Getty Images I decide to give up sleep. I prioritize my tasks in order of how urgent they are. I work more hours so I can get everything done. I don't deal with it. I can't work under pressure. 6. Your mom asks you to plan the family vacation. Where do you go? Alistair Berg / DigitalVision / Getty Images I ask my friends to choose. I ask my family members to vote. I make a random selection. I learn about each place and see which one all of us will like best. 7. Do you like to read? Morsa Images / DigitalVision / Getty Images Definitely not! If I have to read something for school, I do it but it's not my favorite thing. It depends on the book. I really enjoy reading a lot. 8. What is the highest level degree you are willing to earn? H. Armstrong Roberts/ClassicStock / Archive Photos / Getty Images High School or Equivalency Diploma One or Two Year Certificate Associate Degree Bachelor's Degree 9. You have to keep your skills up-to-date. Are you willing to do this? Cultura RM Exclusive/Frank and Helena / Cultura Exclusive / Getty Images Once I'm done with school I'm done learning anything new. Probably not. I might take some classes. I will definitely do this. 10. What is the lowest salary you would be willing to earn? Danita Delimont / Gallo Images / Getty Images $130,010 $107,140 $90,450 $79,530 Should I Become a Computer Programmer? You got: Don't Become a Computer Programmer Westend61 / Getty Images The questions on this quiz were meant to determine if you have the soft skills computer programmers need as well as the desire to fulfill the educational requirements. It also asked if the median annual salary is acceptable. According to your answers, you would not succeed in this occupation, nor would you enjoy working in it. Computer programmers must be good at troubleshooting. They need the ability to understand complex instructions, must be able to concentrate for extended periods of time and should be detail oriented. Excellent time management, critical thinking and reading comprehension skills are essential. You would need to earn a bachelor's degree in computer science or a related subject. Keeping up with technology and learning new computer languages is imperative. Computer programmers' median annual salary is $79,530. You should look for a career that makes use of your strengths and has requirements you are willing to fulfill. It should also have acceptable earnings. Share Your Results Share Pin Tweet Should I Become a Computer Programmer? You got: Computer Programmer Probably Isn't a Good Career Choice Hero Images / Hero Images / Getty Images Your answers to the questions on this quiz determined that you don't have enough of the soft skills computer programmers need, and you may not be willing to fulfill all the educational requirements. In addition, you may not think the compensation is adequate. Computer programmers must have the abilities to troubleshoot, understand complex instructions and concentrate for lengthy periods of time. They need excellent time management, reading comprehension and critical thinking skills. They must be detail oriented as well. You would need a Bachelor's Degree in computer science or a related discipline if you wanted to become a programmer and keep up with constantly changing technology by getting certifications and learning new computer languages. The median annual salary is $79,530. You should look for a career that better utilizes your strengths. It should also have requirements you are willing to fulfill, and earnings you feel are acceptable. Share Your Results Share Pin Tweet Should I Become a Computer Programmer? You got: You Might Make a Good Computer Programmer Ariel Skelley / Blend Images / Getty Images This quiz assessed whether you have the soft skills to become a computer programmer and a willingness to fulfill the educational requirements. It also asked if the median annual salary is acceptable to you. Based on your answers, this occupation is probably a good match, but not a perfect one. Figure out where your weaknesses lie before you move forward. Computer programmers must be able to troubleshoot, concentrate for long periods of time and be attentive to details. They need excellent reading comprehension, time management and critical thinking skills and the ability to understand complex instructions. You will need a Bachelor's Degree in computer science or a related major and must also keep up with evolving technology by getting certifications and learning new computer languages. Make sure the median annual salary of $79,530 is acceptable. Don't invest your time and energy without learning more about this occupation. Read job descriptions and conduct informational interviews. Share Your Results Share Pin Tweet Should I Become a Computer Programmer? You got: You Were Born to Be a Computer Programmer Sigrid Gombert / Cultura / Getty Images Congratulations! You chose a career in which you seem likely to succeed. Your answers show you have most of, if not all, the soft skills computer scientists need, you are willing to fulfill the requirements, and you find the salary acceptable. Computer scientists need excellent critical thinking, time management, reading comprehension and troubleshooting skills. They must be detail oriented and be able to concentrate for extended lengths of time and understand complex instructions. You will have to earn a Bachelor's Degree in computer science or a related major and take part in additional training throughout your career to keep up with changing technology. Expect a median annual salary of $79,530. Even though the results of this quiz indicate computer scientist is a good career choice for you, you should still learn all you can about it before you make a final decision. Read job descriptions and conduct informational interviews with people who currently work in this field. 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