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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 Latino7.9%
Black or African American1.1%
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University of Nevada - Reno8.0%
Arizona State University8.0%
University of Illinois at Chicago8.0%
Illinois Institute of Technology8.0%
Pennsylvania State University6.0%
Iowa State University6.0%
Texas A&M University6.0%
Western Carolina University4.0%
Johns Hopkins University4.0%
Maharishi University of Management4.0%
University of Texas at Dallas4.0%
University of Phoenix4.0%
University of Southern California4.0%
George Washington University4.0%
University of Texas at Arlington2.0%
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|Job Title||Company||Location||Start Date||Salary|
|C++ Analytics Developer||Barclays Services Corp.||New York, NY||Dec 29, 2016||$160,000|
|C++ Analytics Developer||Barclays Services Corp||New York, NY||Apr 22, 2016||$155,000|
|C++ Developer||BAMM Inc.||New York, NY||Sep 12, 2012||$150,000|
|Analytics, Trading and Execution C++ Developer||Bloomberg, LP||New York, NY||May 30, 2016||$150,000|
|C++ Developer||BAMM Inc.||New York, NY||Dec 03, 2012||$150,000|
|Senior C++ Developer||Intercontinentalexchange, Inc.||Atlanta, GA||Aug 01, 2013||$145,335|
|C++ Developer||Citadel LLC||Chicago, IL||Jan 02, 2016||$145,000 -
|Vice President, C++ Developer||Tradeweb Markets LLC||Jersey City, NJ||Nov 28, 2016||$145,000|
|Lead C++ Developer||Xoriant Corporation||Sunnyvale, CA||Dec 15, 2014||$144,206|
|Senior C++ Developer||Intercontinentalexchange, Inc.||Atlanta, GA||Aug 01, 2013||$139,745|
|Senior C++ Middleware Developer||Bloomberg, LP||New York, NY||Oct 01, 2014||$138,500|
|C++ Analytics Developer||Barclays Services Corp.||New York, NY||Nov 04, 2014||$136,250 -
|C++ Developer||KCG Americas LLC||Jersey City, NJ||Apr 21, 2014||$135,000|
|Analytics, Trading and Execution Senior C++ Developer||Bloomberg L.P.||New York, NY||Nov 14, 2016||$135,000 -
|Senior C++ Developer||NPD Global Inc.||New York, NY||Aug 24, 2015||$117,000|
|C++ Developer||Jump Operations, LLC||Chicago, IL||Apr 02, 2013||$111,072 -
|C++ Developer II||Jump Operations, LLC||Chicago, IL||Sep 27, 2011||$110,000|
|C++ Developer||Forbes Technical Consulting, LLC||Chicago, IL||Mar 08, 2011||$110,000 -
|C++ Developer||Scopus It, Inc.||New York, NY||Sep 30, 2015||$110,000|
|C++ Clearing & Settlements Developer||Citadel LLC||Chicago, IL||Apr 17, 2012||$110,000 -
|C++ Developer||Imbuesys, Inc.||Woodlawn, MD||Nov 21, 2015||$92,061 -
|Senior C++ Developer||Securities Industry Automation Corporation||New York, NY||Jun 03, 2015||$92,000 -
|C++ Developer||Telecommunication Systems, Inc.||Annapolis, MD||Mar 21, 2011||$90,000|
|SR. C++ Developer||Millennium Software, Inc.||Pittsburgh, PA||Oct 26, 2011||$89,741|
|C++ Developer||Programmer Resources International Inc.||Westlake Village, CA||Nov 04, 2016||$89,440|
|C++ Developer||Intercontinentalexchange, Inc.||Atlanta, GA||Sep 15, 2012||$87,740|
|C++ Developer||Imbuesys, Inc.||Woodlawn, MD||Nov 21, 2016||$86,507 -
|C++ Developer||The Mathworks, Inc.||Natick, MA||Oct 21, 2012||$86,114|
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