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Software developers usually have a bachelor’s degree in computer science and strong computer programming skills.Education
Software developers usually have a bachelor’s degree, typically in computer science, software engineering, or a related field. A degree in mathematics is also acceptable. Computer science degree programs are the most common, because they tend to cover a broad range of topics. Students should focus on classes related to building software in order to better prepare themselves for work in the occupation. For some positions, employers may prefer a master’s degree.
Although writing code is not their first priority, developers must have a strong background in computer programming. They usually gain this experience in school. Throughout their career, developers must keep up to date on new tools and computer languages.
Software developers also need skills related to the industry in which they work. Developers working in a bank, for example, should have knowledge of finance so that they can understand a bank’s computing needs.Other Experience
Many students gain experience in software development by completing an internship at a software company while in college.
Some software developers first work as computer programmers and then are given more responsibility as they gain experience. Eventually, they become developers.Advancement
Software developers can advance to become information technology (IT) project managers, also called computer and information systems managers, a position in which they oversee the software development process.Important Qualities
Analytical skills. Developers must analyze users’ needs and then design software to meet those needs.
Communication skills. Developers must be able to give clear instructions to others working on a project. They must also explain to their customers how the software works and answer any questions that arise.
Computer skills. Developers must understand computer capabilities and programming languages in order to design effective software.
Creativity. Developers are the creative minds behind new computer software.
Detail oriented. Developers often work on many parts of an application or system at the same time and must therefore be able to concentrate and pay attention to detail.
Interpersonal skills. Software developers must be able to work well with others who contribute to designing, developing, and programming successful software.
Problem-solving skills. Because developers are in charge of software from beginning to end, they must be able to solve problems that arise throughout the design process.
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Hispanic or Latino8.1%
Black or African American1.6%
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New York University8.6%
University of Texas at Dallas8.6%
Texas A&M University8.0%
Maharishi University of Management7.5%
Carnegie Mellon University5.9%
Arizona State University4.8%
State University of New York Buffalo4.8%
University of Florida4.8%
Illinois Institute of Technology4.3%
University of Texas at Arlington4.3%
San Jose State University4.3%
University of California - San Diego4.3%
University of Maryland - College Park3.7%
University of Iowa3.7%
Northwestern Polytechnic University3.2%
University of Southern California3.2%
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|Job Title||Company||Location||Start Date||Salary|
|Lead Android Developer||Prosperworks, Inc.||San Francisco, CA||Nov 29, 2016||$180,000|
|Android Developer||Populus Group||New York, NY||Jul 06, 2015||$177,395|
|Android Developer||Populus Group LLC||New York, NY||Feb 11, 2016||$177,395|
|Android Application Developer||Judge Technical Services, Inc.||San Francisco, CA||Sep 16, 2015||$166,960|
|Lead Android Developer||Tophatter, Inc.||Palo Alto, CA||Jun 22, 2016||$164,382|
|Android Developer||Upthere||Palo Alto, CA||Oct 14, 2015||$160,000 -
|Software Engineer III-Android Developer||Sears Holdings Management Corporation||Seattle, WA||Jan 18, 2016||$160,000|
|Android Developer||Populus Group||New York, NY||Jul 06, 2015||$156,525|
|Android Developer||Valtech Solutions Inc.||Dallas, TX||Oct 09, 2015||$156,000|
|Android Framework Developer||Barnes & Noble.Com||Santa Clara, CA||May 30, 2015||$153,200|
|Android Framework Developer||Barnes&Noble.Com||Santa Clara, CA||Nov 20, 2015||$148,803 -
|Android Developer||Flipboard, Inc.||Palo Alto, CA||Sep 06, 2016||$145,000|
|Lead Android Developer||Mighty Software Inc.||Palo Alto, CA||Mar 30, 2016||$142,500 -
|IOS and Android Developer||GOR Corporation||Glendale, CA||Jan 04, 2016||$104,350 -
|Android Developer||Populus Group LLC||Dallas, TX||Oct 24, 2016||$104,350|
|Android SDK Developer||Populus Group LLC||Rancho Cordova, CA||Nov 01, 2016||$104,350|
|Android Developer||Charter Global, Inc.||San Jose, CA||Jul 29, 2016||$102,149 -
|Android Developer||Sysintelli, Inc.||Wilmington, DE||Sep 29, 2015||$102,000|
|Android Developer||Sysintelli Inc.||Dallas, TX||Dec 31, 2016||$102,000|
|Lead Android Developer||Today Tix, Inc.||New York, NY||Apr 25, 2016||$102,000 -
|Android Developer||Goodrx, Inc.||Santa Monica, CA||Jul 07, 2015||$84,781 -
|Android Developer||Goodrx, Inc.||Santa Monica, CA||Jun 22, 2015||$84,781 -
|Software Developer/Android Developer||Idexcel, Inc.||Arlington, TX||Jul 03, 2016||$84,000|
|Android Developer||Mobileaware USA Inc.||Boston, MA||Sep 25, 2015||$83,533|
|Software Engineer-Android Development||Airwatch, LLC||Atlanta, GA||Sep 03, 2015||$83,000|
|Android Developer||Teksystems, Inc.||Dearborn, MI||Sep 08, 2015||$82,437|
|Android APP. Developer||Prodea Systems, Inc.||Richardson, TX||Jun 20, 2016||$81,952|
|Android Application Developer||Prodea Systems, Inc.||Richardson, TX||Jun 20, 2016||$81,952|
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