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For Further Exploration


  • Charles W. Berry, Computer and Internet Dictionary for Ages 9 to 99. Hauppauge, NY: Barron’s, 2001. A good reference that includes over eight hundred computer and Internet terms.
  • Mary Farrell, Learning Computer Programming. Hingham, MA: Charles River Media, 2002. An informative and helpful book for aspiring programmers.
  • Diane Lindsey Reeves, Career Ideas for Kids Who Like Computers. New York: Facts On File, 1998. Covers fifteen different computer-related careers and includes biographies of people who work in the computer field.


  • Current Events, “Cybercrooks,” March 10, 2000. An interesting article about viruses and computer hackers. Includes a brief history of hackers and the Internet.
  • Monkeyshines, “The Information Age: Computers and the Internet,” 2001. An article about the history of computers, from the first one that was developed in the 1940s.
  • Richard Wolkomir and Joyce Wolkomir, “The School Where It’s Okay to Major in Fun and Games,” Smith­sonian, December 1996. An article about a Vancouver, British Columbia, school that caters to aspiring game programmers.

Internet Sources

  • Shannon Cochran, “The Top Ten Cities for Programmers,” Dr. Dobb’s Journal, October 2000. www.ddj.com. Reviews the ten most promising cities for programming jobs, including the top companies in each city.
  • Olivia Crosby, “Working So Others Can Play: Jobs in Video Game Development,” Occupational Outlook Quarterly, Summer 2000. http://stats.bls.gov. A comprehensive and informative article about careers in video game design.
  • Amanda Hyde, “So You Want to Be a Computer Programmer?” DooYoo, Campus & Careers. www. dooyoo.co.uk. An informative article written by a young woman who is a programmer and analyst in England.


  • Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) (www.acm.org). A site designed for technology professionals and students that includes information about education, employment, and trends in the computer industry.
  • David Perry: Jobs Corner (www.dperry.com). A good site for aspiring computer game programmers, written by someone who has made a successful career out of creating computer games.
  • U.S. Department of Labor (www.bls.gov). This site includes extensive information for people interested in computer-related careers, including the 2002–2003 edition of the Occupational Outlook Handbook.

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Job Descriptions and Careers, Career and Job Opportunities, Career Search, and Career Choices and ProfilesComputer Programmer Job Description