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.
|Job Title||Company||Location||Start Date||Salary|
|Senior Application Support Engineer||Borderfree, Inc.||New York, NY||Feb 12, 2016||$130,666|
|SR. Application Support Engineer||Ellie Mae, Inc.||Pleasanton, CA||Mar 18, 2015||$126,630|
|Senior Applications Support Engineer-Mems||Coventor, Inc.||Waltham, MA||Jun 15, 2016||$112,632|
|AVP, Senior Application Support Engineer||Markitserv, LLC||New York, NY||Mar 12, 2015||$112,154|
|Application Support Engineer||Implementation Technologies Consulting, Inc.||Hattiesburg, MS||Aug 12, 2015||$112,000|
|Applications Support Engineer||Anritsu Company||Morgan Hill, CA||Feb 25, 2016||$111,820|
|Application Support Devops Engineer||Pitney Bowes Inc.||Danbury, CT||Sep 19, 2016||$111,155 -
|Application Support Engineer||Borderfree, Inc.||New York, NY||Feb 12, 2016||$111,114|
|Application Support Engineer||Rockwell Automation, Inc.||Austin, TX||Jul 06, 2015||$107,800|
|SR. Applications Support Engineer||Illumina||San Diego, CA||Feb 23, 2016||$107,786 -
|Staff Applications Support Engineer||Illumina, Inc.||San Diego, CA||Jan 10, 2016||$107,786 -
|HPC Application Support Engineer||Numerical Algorithms Group, Inc.||Houston, TX||Oct 01, 2015||$107,000 -
|Application Support Engineer||Greenbay Infotech LLC||Bellevue, WA||Dec 20, 2016||$106,101|
|Application Support Engineer||Greenbay Infotech LLC||Bellevue, WA||Dec 19, 2016||$106,101|
|Senior Ice Application Support Engineer||Analysis & Design Application Co., Ltd.||Northville, MI||Jun 08, 2015||$85,592 -
|Application Support Engineer||Quintiles, Inc.||Cambridge, MA||May 12, 2016||$85,580|
|Application Support Engineer||Altisource||Plano, TX||Jul 12, 2015||$85,571|
|Applications Support Engineer||Airwatch, LLC||Atlanta, GA||Aug 30, 2015||$85,400|
|Application Support Engineer||The Mathworks, Inc.||Natick, MA||Aug 16, 2016||$85,000|
|Applications Support Engineer||Jpmorgan Chase & Co.||Dublin, OH||Apr 13, 2015||$85,000|
|Application Support Engineer||The Mathworks, Inc.||Natick, MA||Jul 07, 2015||$85,000|
|Application Support Engineer||The Mathworks, Inc.||Natick, MA||Jul 10, 2015||$79,000|
|Application Support Engineer||The Mathworks, Inc.||Natick, MA||Jul 09, 2015||$79,000|
|Application Support Engineer||The Mathworks, Inc.||Natick, MA||Jul 15, 2015||$79,000|
|Application Support Engineer||The Mathworks, Inc.||Natick, MA||Aug 25, 2015||$79,000|
|Engineer, Applications Support||Goodman Manufacturing Company, L.P.||Houston, TX||Aug 31, 2016||$78,750|
|Application Support Engineer||The Mathworks, Inc.||Natick, MA||Jul 17, 2015||$78,000|
|Application Support Engineer||The Mathworks, Inc.||Natick, MA||Jul 07, 2015||$78,000|
|Application Support Engineer||The Mathworks, Inc.||Natick, MA||Jul 15, 2015||$78,000|
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