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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|
|Communication Systems Scientist||Facebook, Inc.||Menlo Park, CA||Sep 06, 2015||$177,000|
|Communication Systems Engineer||Litepoint Corporation, A Teradyne Company||Sunnyvale, CA||Sep 19, 2014||$129,347|
|Principal Communications Systems Engineer||Maxlinear, Inc.||San Diego, CA||May 12, 2014||$125,350|
|Communication Systems Engineer||Litepoint Corporation||Sunnyvale, CA||Sep 19, 2011||$115,000|
|Principal Communications Systems Engineer||Maxlinear, Inc.||Carlsbad, CA||Jul 20, 2012||$112,000|
|Communication Systems Engineer||Litepoint Corporation||Sunnyvale, CA||Sep 19, 2011||$109,180|
|Cisco Unified Communications Systems Engineer||AOS, LLC||Fenton, MO||Mar 11, 2016||$108,150|
|Staff Communications Systems Engineer||Maxlinear, Inc.||Carlsbad, CA||May 12, 2014||$107,668|
|Wireless Communication Systems Engineer||Silvus Technologies, Inc.||Los Angeles, CA||Jul 25, 2016||$106,000|
|Staff Communications Systems Engineer||Maxlinear, Inc.||Carlsbad, CA||Jul 19, 2016||$105,000 -
|Staff Communications Systems Engineer||Maxlinear, Inc.||Irvine, CA||Oct 12, 2015||$105,000 -
|Communications Systems Engineer||Entropic Communications, Inc.||San Diego, CA||Sep 30, 2012||$105,000|
|Picture Archiving and Communication Systems Admini||Children's Hospital & Research Center Oakland||Oakland, CA||Jan 15, 2014||$104,416 -
|SR. Communications Systems Engineer||GE MDS, LLC||Rochester, NY||Oct 04, 2011||$95,700|
|Communications Systems Engineer||Maxlinear, Inc.||Irvine, CA||Feb 09, 2012||$95,000|
|Wireless Communication Systems Engineer||Silvus Technologies, Corp.||Los Angeles, CA||Jul 24, 2013||$95,000|
|Communications Systems Engineer||Maxlinear, Inc.||Irvine, CA||Feb 06, 2012||$95,000|
|Wireless Communication Systems Engineer||Silvus Technologies, Inc.||Los Angeles, CA||Aug 06, 2015||$95,000|
|Senior Communication Systems Engineer||Staccato Communications, Inc.||San Diego, CA||Nov 15, 2009||$94,056|
|SR. Communications Systems Engineer||GE MDS, LLC||Rochester, NY||Sep 30, 2010||$86,000|
|Communications Systems Engineer||Stantec Consulting Services Inc.||Dallas, TX||Sep 17, 2013||$85,862|
|Communication Systems Engineer||Viasat, Inc.||Carlsbad, CA||Oct 17, 2011||$85,100 -
|Wireless Communication Systems Engineer||Silvus Technologies, Inc.||Los Angeles, CA||Sep 20, 2013||$85,000|
|Picture Archiving and Communication Systems Admini||Children's Hospital & Research Center Oakland||Oakland, CA||Jan 15, 2011||$83,512 -
|Data Communications System Engineer||Thales Transport & Security, Inc.||Pittsburgh, PA||Apr 23, 2015||$82,500|
|Communications Systems Engineer||Biscotti Inc.||McKinney, TX||Dec 26, 2011||$82,000|
|Communications Systems Engineer||Biscotti Inc.||McKinney, TX||Jan 01, 2012||$82,000|
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