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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|
|Senior Build and Release Engineer||Trifacta, Inc.||San Francisco, CA||Aug 23, 2016||$165,000 -
|SR. Build/Release Engineer||Wal-Mart Associates, Inc.||Sunnyvale, CA||Oct 19, 2016||$164,382|
|Staff Build & Release Engineer||MacHine Zone, Inc.||Palo Alto, CA||Nov 17, 2016||$163,363 -
|Senior Build and Release Engineer||Latitude 36, Inc.||Pleasanton, CA||Jun 28, 2015||$162,786|
|Principal Engineer-Build & Release Engineering||Athoc, Inc.||San Mateo, CA||Nov 30, 2015||$160,000|
|Build and Release Engineer||Cloudera||Palo Alto, CA||Sep 06, 2016||$157,477|
|Staff Software Build and Release Engineer||General Electric Company||San Ramon, CA||Feb 02, 2016||$145,000 -
|Senior Build/Release Engineer||Wal-Mart Associates, Inc.||Sunnyvale, CA||Feb 03, 2016||$145,000|
|Build and Release Engineer||Clover Network, Inc.||Sunnyvale, CA||Feb 15, 2016||$145,000|
|Build and Release Engineer||Clover Network, Inc.||Sunnyvale, CA||Dec 29, 2016||$145,000|
|TFS Developer/Administrator, Build & Release Engineer||First Republic Bank||San Francisco, CA||May 05, 2016||$140,000|
|Senior Build Release Engineer||Gopro Inc.||San Francisco, CA||Oct 05, 2015||$140,000|
|Build/Release Engineer||Juniper Networks||Sunnyvale, CA||Sep 12, 2016||$138,568|
|Build and Release Engineer||Icontrol Networks, Inc.||Redwood City, CA||Sep 11, 2016||$138,362|
|Build & Release Engineer||Akraya Inc.||San Jose, CA||Nov 22, 2016||$102,149|
|Build Release Engineer||Info Services, LLC||San Jose, CA||Oct 26, 2015||$100,500|
|Build and Release Engineer||Formac Inc.||Lake Oswego, OR||Sep 20, 2016||$100,360|
|Build and Release Engineer||Intelliswift Software, Inc.||Newark, CA||Nov 16, 2016||$100,360 -
|Build and Release Engineer||Formac Inc.||San Francisco, CA||Oct 12, 2016||$100,360|
|SR. Build & Release Engineer||Formac Inc.||San Francisco, CA||Aug 27, 2016||$100,360|
|Build & Release Engineer||Akraya Inc.||San Jose, CA||May 04, 2016||$100,000|
|Build and Release Engineer||Clearslide, Inc.||Fremont, CA||Jan 09, 2016||$79,498 -
|Build & Release Engineer||USM Business Systems, Inc.||Denver, CO||Jan 06, 2016||$78,500|
|Build and Release Engineer||USM Business Systems, Inc.||Charlotte, NC||Jul 30, 2015||$78,000|
|Build and Release Engineer||USM Business Systems, Inc.||Salem, OR||Apr 07, 2015||$78,000|
|Build and Release Engineer (Software Configuration Engineer)||Galaxy I Technologies, Inc.||Washington, DC||Jul 09, 2016||$76,000|
|Build and Release Engineer||Galaxy I Technologies, Inc.||New York, NY||Aug 24, 2015||$76,000|
|Software Build and Release Engineer||Itiyam LLC||Atlanta, GA||Apr 18, 2016||$75,325|
|Build and Release Engineer||Satnam Data Systems Inc.||Somerset, NJ||Aug 01, 2015||$75,000|
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