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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 Latino10.0%
Black or African American0.8%
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University of Phoenix26.9%
More Tech Institute8.2%
Georgia Institute of Technology -5.3%
Illinois Institute of Technology4.1%
Community College of the Air Force4.1%
Ohio State University3.7%
San Jose State University3.7%
Colorado Technical University3.7%
Northern Virginia Community College3.7%
University of Toledo3.3%
University of North Texas3.3%
University of Maryland - University College3.3%
American InterContinental University3.3%
University of Houston3.3%
Western Governors University3.3%
Oklahoma State University3.3%
University of North Carolina at Greensboro2.9%
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|Job Title||Company||Location||Start Date||Salary|
|Customer Success Engineer||Wavefront, Inc.||Palo Alto, CA||Jul 28, 2016||$155,000 -
|Senior Manager, Customer Engineer||Pivotal Software, Inc.||Palo Alto, CA||Nov 21, 2016||$152,880 -
|Customer Success Engineer||Wavefront Inc.||Palo Alto, CA||Jan 06, 2015||$150,000 -
|Customer Success Engineer||Wavefront Inc.||Palo Alto, CA||Jun 01, 2015||$150,000 -
|Manager, Customer Engineering||Bloomreach, Inc.||Mountain View, CA||Sep 15, 2016||$135,000|
|Principal Customer Engineer||Deerfield Imaging Inc.||Minnetonka, MN||Nov 29, 2016||$130,500|
|Staff Customer Engagement Engineer||Cadence Design Systems, Inc.||Snoqualmie, WA||Sep 15, 2015||$126,859 -
|Asic Customer Engineer Staff||LSI Corporation, An Avago Technologies Company||San Jose, CA||Jun 05, 2015||$123,498 -
|Bolt Americas Customer Engineer||Alcatel-Lucent USA, Inc.||Mountain View, CA||Jul 13, 2015||$120,000|
|Customer Success Engineer||Autodesk, Inc.||San Francisco, CA||Sep 14, 2016||$118,103|
|Full Stack Engineer-Customer Centric Engineering||Salesforce.Com Inc.||San Francisco, CA||Aug 22, 2016||$117,770|
|Engineer-Customer Firmware SAS||Samsung Semiconductor, Inc.||San Jose, CA||Sep 19, 2016||$115,000|
|Customer Engineer||Forgerock Inc.||San Francisco, CA||Jun 07, 2016||$113,050 -
|Field Customer Engineer||F5 Networks, Inc.||Seattle, WA||Feb 25, 2016||$112,581 -
|Customer Engineer||Applied Materials, Inc.||Malta, NY||Sep 17, 2015||$92,123|
|Customer Engineer||Applied Materials, Inc.||Albany, NY||Sep 16, 2015||$92,123|
|Asic Customer Engineer||LSI Corporation||Allentown, PA||Jan 13, 2016||$91,458|
|Asic Customer Engineer||LSI Corporation||Allentown, PA||Jan 21, 2015||$91,458|
|Principal Engineer, Customer Engineering||Globalfoundries U.S. Inc.||Malta, NY||Sep 14, 2016||$90,064 -
|Backline Engineer, Customer Care||Saba Software Inc.||Redwood City, CA||Jan 08, 2015||$90,000|
|Customer Success Engineer||Thousand Eyes, Inc.||San Francisco, CA||Aug 08, 2015||$90,000 -
|Customer Engineer||Applied Materials, Inc.||Malta, NY||Oct 26, 2016||$77,438|
|Customer Engineer||Applied Materials, Inc.||Malta, NY||Nov 12, 2015||$77,126 -
|Engineer 2-Customer Networks||Hughes Network Systems LLC||Germantown, MD||Jan 09, 2016||$77,002|
|Engineer 2-Customer Networks||Hughes Network Systems LLC||Germantown, MD||Oct 19, 2015||$77,002|
|Engineer 2-Customer Network||Hughes Network Systems LLC||Germantown, MD||Jan 09, 2016||$77,002|
|Engineer 2-Customer Networks||Hughes Network Systems LLC||Germantown, MD||May 09, 2016||$77,002|
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