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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.
Hispanic or Latino9.1%
Black or African American0.8%
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Average Length of Employment
University of Phoenix10.0%
Rochester Institute of Technology6.3%
Pennsylvania State University6.0%
Texas A&M University5.6%
Arizona State University5.2%
University of Texas at Austin4.8%
San Jose State University4.5%
Georgia Institute of Technology -4.5%
University of Houston4.3%
North Carolina State University4.1%
University of Massachusetts - Lowell4.1%
Santa Clara University4.0%
Michigan State University3.9%
New Jersey Institute of Technology3.8%
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute3.7%
Wayne State University3.5%
University of Florida3.5%
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|Job Title||Company||Location||Start Date||Salary|
|IT Applications Engineer||Netflix||Los Gatos, CA||May 21, 2015||$200,000|
|Manager, Web Application Engineering||Hospitality Ebusiness Strategies, Inc.||New York, NY||May 27, 2015||$195,208|
|Hardware Application Engineer||Facebook, Inc.||Menlo Park, CA||Mar 31, 2016||$187,091|
|Staff Application Engineer||Cadence Design Systems, Inc.||Irvine, CA||Jan 08, 2016||$173,000 -
|Application Engineer||Google Inc.||Sunnyvale, CA||Nov 14, 2016||$172,000|
|Application Engineer (Pre-Sales AE)||Keysight Technologies, Inc.||Santa Clara, CA||Jun 09, 2016||$167,634|
|Manager Applications Engineering||RF Micro Devices, Inc. (Dbaqorvo)||San Jose, CA||Jul 06, 2016||$167,620|
|Application Engineer III||Adecco USA, Inc.||Mountain View, CA||May 18, 2015||$167,294 -
|Application Engineer III||Adecco USA, Inc.||Mountain View, CA||Jul 06, 2016||$167,294 -
|Application Engineer||Facebook, Inc.||Menlo Park, CA||Dec 12, 2016||$165,000|
|Mobile Applications Engineer||A&D Engineering, Inc.||San Jose, CA||Nov 15, 2016||$164,382|
|Application Engineer||Facebook, Inc.||Menlo Park, CA||Aug 25, 2015||$160,564|
|Application Engineer, Hyperion||Facebook, Inc.||Menlo Park, CA||Jan 06, 2016||$160,000 -
|Application Engineer||Prithvi Americas Inc.||Bellevue, WA||Aug 19, 2016||$106,500|
|Principal Applications Engineer||Fairchild Semiconductor International Inc.||Mountain Top, PA||Aug 09, 2016||$106,445|
|Application Engineer III||Honeywell International, Inc.||Indianapolis, IN||Jul 30, 2015||$106,371|
|Application Engineer||Rohde & Schwarz, Inc.||Irvine, CA||Jul 06, 2015||$106,356|
|SDS Applications Engineer||Weatherford International, LLC||Houston, TX||Jun 01, 2016||$106,309|
|Sales Application Engineer I-Global Drives||Tmeic Corporation||Houston, TX||Dec 20, 2016||$106,288|
|Applications Engineer||Altera Corporation||Austin, TX||Jun 25, 2016||$106,267 -
|Applications Engineer (Modeling and Simulation)||The Mathworks, Inc.||Natick, MA||Mar 16, 2015||$106,205|
|Application Engineer-Big Data||W/H/I/P Systems, LLC||Beaverton, OR||Nov 14, 2016||$86,750|
|Applications Engineer||Mondi Akrosil, LLC||Pleasant Prairie, WI||Jul 03, 2016||$86,632 -
|Applications Engineer||Texas Instruments Incorporated||Federal Way, WA||Aug 26, 2015||$86,600|
|Applications Engineer II||John Zink Company, LLC||Houston, TX||Jan 01, 2015||$86,507 -
|Application Engineer||Marvell Semiconductor, Inc.||Austin, TX||Sep 04, 2015||$86,507|
|Application Engineer||Ansys, Inc.||Austin, TX||Jul 16, 2015||$86,507 -
|Applications Engineer II||John Zink Company, LLC||Houston, TX||Feb 06, 2015||$86,466|
|Application Engineer||Powerschool Group LLC||Rancho Cordova, CA||Sep 10, 2015||$86,465|
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