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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 Latino9.7%
Black or African American0.9%
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University of Phoenix10.5%
San Diego State University8.8%
University of Washington7.0%
University of Texas at Arlington5.3%
University of Florida5.3%
Arizona State University5.3%
University of South Carolina - Columbia5.3%
Golden West College5.3%
University of Nebraska - Lincoln5.3%
Illinois Central College5.3%
ITT Technical Institute-San Bernardino3.5%
University of the District of Columbia3.5%
San Jose State University3.5%
Georgia Southern University3.5%
University of Kentucky3.5%
University of Tulsa3.5%
Georgia Institute of Technology -3.5%
University of Alabama3.5%
Norfolk State University3.5%
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|Job Title||Company||Location||Start Date||Salary|
|Vendavo Configuration Engineer III||Experis Us, Inc.||Coppell, TX||Oct 21, 2014||$183,656 -
|Vendavo Configuration Engineer V||Experis Us, Inc.||Coppell, TX||Oct 24, 2013||$183,656 -
|Configuration Engineer||Tidemark Systems Inc.||Redwood City, CA||Apr 18, 2014||$160,000|
|Claimcenter Integration/Configuration Engineers||Stratus Technology Services LLC||Chicago, IL||Nov 04, 2016||$135,000|
|Senior Configuration Engineer||Verisk Health, Inc.||Waltham, MA||Feb 15, 2016||$135,000 -
|Configuration Engineer||Servicesource Delaware, Inc.||San Francisco, CA||Jan 06, 2014||$125,000|
|Software Configuration Engineer||Crystal Equation Corporation||Atlanta, GA||Jan 14, 2014||$124,800|
|Configuration Engineer||Vendavo Inc.||Mountain View, CA||Mar 17, 2015||$123,441|
|Configuration Engineer||Vendavo Inc.||Mountain View, CA||Jan 15, 2015||$123,441|
|Software Configuration Engineer||Crystal Equation Corporation||Atlanta, GA||Jan 07, 2013||$122,400|
|Engineer, Principal-Configuration/Release||Broadcom Corporation||San Diego, CA||Aug 04, 2016||$122,133|
|Senior Configuration Engineer||Accelrys Software, Inc.||San Ramon, CA||Sep 26, 2013||$120,000|
|Configuration Engineer||Vendavo, Inc.||Mountain View, CA||May 23, 2014||$118,450|
|Configuration Engineer||Abbott Laboratories||Hollywood, FL||Aug 27, 2016||$106,784|
|Software Configuration Engineer||Formac Inc.||Beaverton, OR||Aug 19, 2016||$106,160|
|Configuration Engineer Advisor||Anthem, Inc.||Los Angeles, CA||Mar 06, 2016||$102,600 -
|Senior Configuration Engineer||DEX One Service, Inc.||TX||Apr 28, 2014||$102,000|
|Software Configuration Engineer||Formac Inc.||Dublin, CA||Aug 31, 2016||$100,360|
|Vendavo Configuration Engineer III||Experis Us, Inc.||Austin, TX||Sep 28, 2013||$100,176 -
|Configuration Engineer II||Apttus Corporation||San Mateo, CA||Aug 15, 2016||$96,866 -
|Configuration Engineer||Metricstream, Inc.||Palo Alto, CA||Sep 09, 2015||$88,254|
|Software Configuration Engineer||Crowd Software Consulting LLC||Irving, TX||Dec 22, 2016||$87,700 -
|IP Mpls Configuration Engineer||Glow Networks, Inc.||Richardson, TX||May 16, 2014||$87,571|
|Configuration Engineer||PVK Corporation||Herndon, VA||Jun 02, 2015||$87,422|
|Configuration Engineer Senior||Anthem, Inc.||Deerfield, IL||Feb 29, 2016||$87,027 -
|Software Configuration Engineer||IBM India Private Limited||San Francisco, CA||May 13, 2016||$85,634|
|Configuration Engineer Senior||American Imaging Management, Inc.||Deerfield, IL||Aug 25, 2014||$85,072 -
|Configuration Engineer||Vendavo, Inc.||Chicago, IL||Feb 18, 2013||$85,000|
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