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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.
|Job Title||Company||Location||Start Date||Salary|
|Application Architect||Flexton, Inc.||San Francisco, CA||Nov 29, 2016||$210,000|
|VP, Application Architect||Live Nation Worldwide, Inc.||San Francisco, CA||May 16, 2016||$200,366|
|Director, Application Architect||UBS Services LLC||New York, NY||Jan 15, 2015||$195,000|
|Application Architect||IBM Corporation||Coppell, TX||Jun 12, 2015||$189,985|
|Application Architect||American Stock Transfer & Trust Company, LLC||Ridgefield Park, NJ||Oct 24, 2016||$179,000|
|Internal Applications Architect||Sugarcrm, Inc.||Cupertino, CA||Aug 31, 2015||$176,000|
|Web Application Architect||Ancestry.Com Operations, Inc.||San Francisco, CA||Jan 03, 2016||$172,746|
|VP, Application Architect||Live Nation Worldwide, Inc.||San Francisco, CA||Oct 29, 2016||$170,700 -
|Chief Applications Architect||Smartlinx Solutions, LLC||Edison, NJ||Feb 11, 2016||$165,214|
|Application Architect, SR||Persistent Systems Inc.||Santa Clara, CA||May 07, 2016||$165,000|
|Application Architect, SR||Persistent Systems Inc.||Santa Clara, CA||Aug 29, 2016||$164,382|
|Application Architect, SR||Persistent Systems Inc.||Santa Clara, CA||Oct 24, 2016||$164,382|
|Application Architect||Accenture LLP||Chicago, IL||Oct 01, 2015||$164,000|
|Application Architect||Accenture LLP||Exton, PA||Oct 01, 2015||$164,000|
|Consulting Application Architect||Addteq Inc.||Somers, NY||Oct 01, 2015||$111,114|
|Application Architect||Best Buy Enterprise Services, Inc.||Richfield, MN||Jan 01, 2015||$111,000|
|Application Architect||Nordstrom, Inc.||Seattle, WA||Feb 23, 2015||$111,000|
|Application Architect||Best Buy Co., Inc.||Richfield, MN||Feb 11, 2016||$111,000|
|Technology Applications Architect||Humana Insurance Company||Salt Lake City, UT||May 12, 2015||$110,926 -
|Application Architect||U.S. Bank National Association||Richfield, MN||Jul 09, 2015||$110,786|
|Lead Applications Architect||Visual Bi Solutions||Plano, TX||Aug 26, 2015||$110,406|
|Application Architect||IBM India Private Limited||Newark, NJ||Sep 06, 2015||$90,752|
|Application Architect||IBM India Private Limited||Parsippany-Troy Hills, NJ||Oct 31, 2015||$90,752|
|Application Architect||IBM India Private Limited||Parsippany-Troy Hills, NJ||May 13, 2015||$90,752|
|Application Architect||IBM India Private Limited||Newark, NJ||Jun 09, 2016||$90,752|
|Application Architect||IBM India Private Limited||Newark, NJ||Sep 06, 2016||$90,752|
|Application Architect||IBM India Private Limited||Pennington, NJ||Aug 14, 2015||$90,584|
|Technology Applications Architect||Humana Insurance Company||Green Bay, WI||Feb 22, 2016||$90,584 -
|Techical/Application Architect||Synechron||Piscataway, NJ||Feb 19, 2015||$90,500|
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