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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 Latino6.1%
Black or African American1.6%
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Illinois Institute of Technology8.3%
Arizona State University6.3%
Utah State University6.3%
Northern Illinois University6.3%
Southern New Hampshire University6.3%
University of Texas at Arlington4.2%
University of Connecticut4.2%
Washington University in Saint Louis4.2%
University of Memphis4.2%
University of South Florida4.2%
New York University4.2%
Texas A&M University4.2%
Kent State University4.2%
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|Job Title||Company||Location||Start Date||Salary|
|Manager and Senior BI Architect||KPI Partners, Inc.||Doral, FL||Aug 05, 2013||$170,000|
|Manager and Senior BI Architect||KPI Partners, Inc.||Aurora, IL||Nov 04, 2013||$170,000|
|Dw/Bi Architect||Slalom, LLC||South San Francisco, CA||Jul 14, 2016||$164,382 -
|Dw/Bi Architect||Slalom, LLC||San Francisco, CA||Jul 14, 2016||$164,382 -
|SAP BI BPC Architect||Knack Systems LLC||New York, NY||Oct 02, 2014||$150,000|
|SAP BI BPC Architect||Knack Systems LLC||Washington, DC||Aug 31, 2015||$150,000|
|Manager and Senior BI Architect||KPI Partners, Inc.||Doral, FL||Jul 29, 2013||$140,000|
|BI Architect||TIVO Inc.||San Jose, CA||Feb 09, 2015||$140,000|
|Manager and Senior BI Architect||KPI Partners, Inc.||Doral, FL||Jul 23, 2013||$140,000|
|BI Architect IV||110 Holdings LLC||Bellevue, WA||Oct 31, 2016||$140,000|
|Manager BI Hana Architect||J. Crew Group, Inc.||New York, NY||Jul 11, 2016||$140,000|
|BI Architect||Hackensack University Medical Center||Hackensack, NJ||Oct 28, 2014||$136,000|
|Oracle BI & EPM Architect||Bradford & Galt, Inc.||Chicago, IL||Apr 29, 2013||$115,000 -
|Oracle BI Architect||Compass Minerals America, Inc.||Overland Park, KS||May 31, 2016||$115,000|
|Oracle BI & EPM Architect||Bradford & Galt, Inc.||Chicago, IL||May 24, 2013||$115,000 -
|SAP BI Architect||American Railcar Industries Inc.||Saint Charles, MO||Oct 03, 2016||$115,000|
|Senior BI Architect||Tegnosis LLC||Atlanta, GA||Mar 10, 2015||$115,000|
|Senior BI Architect||Tegnosis LLC||Atlanta, GA||Mar 05, 2015||$115,000|
|BI Architect||Sun Soft Technologies, Inc.||Houston, TX||Jul 20, 2016||$113,464|
|BI Architect & Engineer||Travelclick Inc.||Schaumburg, IL||Sep 05, 2016||$113,000|
|SR SAP Bw/Bi Architect||City of Huntsville Utilities||Huntsville, AL||Oct 20, 2014||$94,100|
|SR SAP Bi/Bw Architect||City of Huntsville Utilities||Huntsville, AL||Oct 20, 2014||$94,100|
|BI Architect||IBM India Private Limited||Bloomington, IL||Jul 20, 2015||$93,600|
|BI Architect||Amerisoftpro Systems LLC||New York, NY||Jul 01, 2013||$93,000 -
|SR Dw-Bi-Architect||Sage Group Consulting, Inc.||Baltimore, MD||May 07, 2015||$92,183|
|SR Dw-Bi-Architect||Sage Group Consulting, Inc.||Baltimore, MD||Jul 05, 2015||$92,183|
|BI Architect||Samuraiinfotech||Cumming, GA||Dec 21, 2015||$91,500|
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