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Salary of a Programmer in Nigeria

Here in this post, we are going to bring to explore salary of a Programmer in Nigeria. We hope you find this article insightful and informative.

Nigeria is becoming more open to the world of technology and the benefits attached to it. This is why being a programmer has become the new truck in the world of tech careers. Being a Programmer is one of the first things you will have to do to be on your way to being a programmer.

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In some cases you may need a college degree in computer science or mathematics to be able to be a programmer and still you can be a degree holder in another course but your knowledge of programming languages will give you an edge and land you the position of a programmer with an organization.

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Right now one of the easiest jobs to get is a tech job that requires you to understand several Programming languages.

Who is a Programmer?

A programmer is a skilled Professional who writes, debugs and maintains a particular set of codes or instructions which are called computer programs which enable a system function accordingly.

After a software developer or Engineer has designed a computer program, the programmer will be the one to write the codes that convert that design into a set of instructions a computer system can follow.

They are given many names like developers, coders, software engineers and programmers, whatever they may be called they all do almost the same work. What differentiates them are their duties and maybe official duties in a firm or organizations that employ them.

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Programmers may be classified into two categories which are

  • Application programmers

  • System programmers.

Application programmers write codes that help to monitor and watch over the inventory of a company which the Programmer works for while the system Programmer helps to manage the software systems and database of a company.

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What Languages Do You Need To Learn As A Programmer?

There are various languages which one has to understand to be able to be tagged a programmer. Languages like:

  • C#
  • C++
  • Java
  • PHP
  • .NET

What are the duties of a Programmer?

A programmer is the one who creates the codes for software applications and systems.ย  The programmer writes code that converts that design into a set of instructions a computer has to follow.

They run tests which enable to ascertain if the program is void of errors and then rewrite if there is my error and continues to do so until it is error free.

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Salary of a Programmer in Nigeria:

A programmer has a very comfortable salary due to the nature of the job. There is no much stress attached to this job except when you are working on a project.

In Nigeria, it is being said that Programmers are not regarded and given the prerequisite payment which is supposed to be expected of a Programmer compared to other countries.

In Nigeria, the standard pay of any programmer in any tech firm or company is within the range so of 100,000-180,000naira.

All though in other countries they pay better, but compared to the Nigerian situation and economy, this range is good for a beginner or entry level Programmer as you have the opportunity to rise in level in the company.

As a programmer, you can also work on your own as a freelancer getting jobs or gigs from outside the country and get paid for working on a project.

You will have to check online, market your services online and wait for you to be contacted. If you are a very good programmer and you have evidence of previous works done, then you are able to get more jobs as a freelancer.

How can one be a programmer?

For you to be a programmer, you must have had a degree in Computer science or mathematics from a prestigious University, then go for Programming training or boot camps where you will be taught some Programming languages. Also, most employers do consider people with degrees in account, finance and Economics.

Getting the degree gives you a professional edge and forms the basic foundation for you to learn Programming. There is no limit to as many languages you have to learn, learn as much Programming languages as you can as no language is better or easier than the other.

Skills needed as a Programmer:

  • A programmer must be able to read and understand instructions
  • A programmer must be able to pay attention to detail
  • He/she must be a good listener
  • Must be good at problem-Solving
  • Must be able to think critically
  • Ability to work independently (without supervision)
  • Must be self-disciplined
  • He/she must be able to work with a team
  • A programmer must have a passion for the work.

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If you just found out the pay accompanied with being a programmer and you have not defined your career path, you can decide today.

But if you were not aware before now, Now you know and you are able to say how much to expect as a programmer in case you have the opportunity to attend an interview for such position.

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Godspower Ugadu

Godspower Ugadu is an Economist an a Content Developer at InfoGuideNIgeria.com. InfoGuide Nigeria is a team of Resource Persons and Consultants led by Ifiokobong Ibanga. Page maintained by Ifiokobong Ibanga. If you need a personal assistance on this topic, kindly contact us.

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