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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|
|Computer Systems Engineer||EGEN Solutions, Inc.||New Brunswick, NJ||Oct 31, 2016||$197,600|
|Computer Systems Engineer||Agilone, Inc.||Sunnyvale, CA||Nov 14, 2016||$190,000|
|Computer Systems Engineer IV||Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory||Merced, CA||Aug 21, 2016||$167,856|
|Computer Systems Engineer||Level Labs LP (DBA Unshackled)||Palo Alto, CA||Aug 31, 2016||$164,382|
|Computer Systems/Datapower Engineer||Software Guidance & Assistance, Inc.||Irving, TX||Nov 14, 2016||$159,781|
|Computer Systems Engineer||Asset Inventories, Inc.||New York, NY||Sep 28, 2016||$150,000|
|Computer Systems Engineer||Agilone, Inc.||Sunnyvale, CA||Sep 08, 2015||$150,000|
|Computer Systems Engineer||Ngcodec Inc.||San Jose, CA||Sep 02, 2015||$148,803|
|Computer Systems Engineer||Eteam Inc.||Mountain View, CA||Sep 16, 2016||$146,090|
|Computer Systems Engineer Lead (Financial & Controlling SAP)||Aruba Networks, Inc.||Sunnyvale, CA||Apr 14, 2016||$145,000 -
|Computer System Engineer||Norgate Technology||New York, NY||Aug 12, 2015||$135,655 -
|Computer Systems Engineer, Security||Box, Inc.||Redwood City, CA||Aug 18, 2016||$135,000|
|Computer Systems Engineer||Disposable Hygiene LLC||Clifton, NJ||Dec 07, 2016||$134,909|
|Computer Systems Engineer||Larsen & Toubro Infotech Limited||Bakersfield, CA||Aug 04, 2015||$74,964|
|Computer Systems Engineer||Larsen & Toubro Infotech Limited||Hartford, CT||Sep 28, 2015||$74,952|
|Computer Systems Engineer||Hermes Microvision, Inc.||San Jose, CA||Sep 06, 2015||$74,950|
|Computer Systems Engineer||Tech Mahindra (Americas), Inc.||Waukesha, WI||Apr 30, 2015||$74,942|
|Computer Systems Engineer||Larsen & Toubro Infotech Limited||New York, NY||Sep 28, 2015||$74,880|
|Computer System Engineer||Larsen and Toubro Infotech Limited||Houston, TX||Jan 09, 2016||$74,856|
|Computer Systems Engineer||Larsen & Toubro Infotech Limited||Hartford, CT||Sep 28, 2015||$74,844|
|Computer Systems Engineer||Larsen & Toubro Infotech Limited||Edison, NJ||Jul 07, 2015||$74,844|
|Computer Systems Engineer||Larsen & Toubro Infotech Limited||Raritan, NJ||Aug 26, 2016||$68,352|
|Computer Systems Engineer||Larsen & Toubro Infotech Limited||San Diego, CA||Aug 28, 2015||$68,340|
|Computer Systems Engineer||Larsen & Toubro Infotech Limited||Hoboken, NJ||Aug 27, 2015||$68,328|
|Computer System Engineer||Larsen and Toubro Infotech Limited||Edison, NJ||Jan 09, 2016||$68,328|
|Computer Systems Engineer||Larsen & Toubro Infotech Limited||Bartlesville, OK||Nov 16, 2015||$68,328|
|Computer Systems Engineer||Larsen & Toubro Infotech Limited||Orlando, FL||Sep 04, 2015||$68,316|
|Computer System Engineer||Larsen and Toubro Infotech Limited||Hartford, CT||Jan 09, 2016||$68,316|
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