NEXT PROS JOB MATCH: Chandler Gaines, Computer Programmer

By Arkansas Next PROS staff on Monday, October 15, 2018

Chandler Gaines
High School: Oden High School  •  Age: 25
Training: University of Central Arkansas and Arkansas Coding Academy in Conway
Degree: Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology
Employer: Metova, Inc. in Conway

"This job has given me a little more freedom, whether it’s to go somewhere spontaneous for the weekend, to pay for school (if I decide to go back), order Bite Squad or to pay for no commercials on Hulu."


You’re fascinated by computers and technology
You love solving problems
You recognize patterns
You enjoy working in teams

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What does a computer programmer do?
Computer programmers code and write computer software programs. They learn programming languages to turn program designs into software that computers can read, and they fix problems.


  • Write software programs in different programming languages
  • Troubleshoot programs to fix problems and update existing programs
  • Utilize computer-assisted software engineering (CASE) and code libraries to write code
  • Communicate with program designers and software developers
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“I realized that I could work remotely (while traveling!) or in the comfort of my jeans and have some of the flexibility I’d been missing.

“It blew my mind how many software development tools and resources are free and how much of it you can learn on your own.”

High-end earners (top 10%) make

Average Wages in Arkansas
$69,520 - Annual | $33.43 - Hourly

Arkansas State University–Mid-South
Arkansas Tech University-Ozark Campus
Arkansas State University–Beebe*
East Arkansas Community College
National Park College
North Arkansas College
NorthWest Arkansas Community College
Ozarka College
Phillips Community College of the University of Arkansas
Southeast Arkansas College
University of Arkansas at Fort Smith-College of Applied Science & Technology

ABB Motors & Mechanical
Nucor Steel Arkansas
Pace Industries
Tyson Foods

*ASU- Beebe system also represents: ASU-Beebe (Searcy Campus), ASU-Beebe (Heber Springs Campus) and ASU-Beebe (Little Rock Air Force Base)
SOURCES: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics  / Be Pro Be Proud  /  PayScale  / Projections Managing Partnership  /  Mary Condit

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