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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 Latino8.6%
Black or African American1.4%
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University of Phoenix10.5%
University of Texas at Austin6.6%
University of Texas at Dallas5.9%
Texas A&M University5.9%
University of North Carolina at Charlotte5.9%
George Washington University5.3%
Georgia Institute of Technology -5.3%
New York University4.6%
George Mason University4.6%
University of Michigan - Ann Arbor4.6%
University of Houston4.6%
College of DuPage3.9%
Pennsylvania State University3.9%
University of Washington3.9%
University of Central Florida3.9%
University of Colorado at Boulder3.9%
More Tech Institute3.9%
Indiana University Bloomington3.9%
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|Job Title||Company||Location||Start Date||Salary|
|Senior Data Engineer||Netflix||Los Gatos, CA||Aug 13, 2015||$285,000|
|Senior Data Engineer||Netflix||Los Gatos, CA||Nov 16, 2016||$280,000|
|Principal Data Engineer||Target Enterprise, Inc.||Sunnyvale, CA||Jun 08, 2015||$265,000|
|Data Science Engineer-Global Payments Analytics||Netflix, Inc.||Los Gatos, CA||Oct 12, 2015||$245,000|
|Data Platform Engineer||Netflix||Los Gatos, CA||Feb 05, 2016||$240,000 -
|Senior Data Visualization Engineer||Netflix, Inc.||Los Gatos, CA||Apr 20, 2015||$230,000|
|Senior Data Engineer||ROKU, Inc.||Saratoga, CA||Nov 30, 2015||$230,000|
|Senior Data Visualization Engineer||Netflix||Los Gatos, CA||Jul 12, 2015||$225,000|
|Senior Data Visualization Engineer||Netflix||Los Gatos, CA||Dec 09, 2016||$225,000 -
|Senior Data Engineer||Netflix||Los Gatos, CA||May 07, 2015||$225,000|
|Senior Data Engineer||Netflix||Los Gatos, CA||Oct 24, 2016||$225,000|
|Principal Data Science Engineer||Cambia Health Solutions, Inc.||Seattle, WA||May 12, 2016||$220,000|
|Manager, Data Engineering||Chegg, Inc.||Santa Clara, CA||Jun 13, 2016||$210,000|
|Director, Data Engineering||TIVO, Inc.||San Jose, CA||Jul 01, 2015||$210,000|
|Senior Data Science Engineer||Tapjoy||San Francisco, CA||May 19, 2016||$129,780|
|Lead Data Warehouse Engineer||Shutterfly, Inc.||New York, NY||Jan 09, 2016||$129,500|
|Principal Data Engineer||Staples, Inc.||Seattle, WA||Sep 03, 2016||$129,000 -
|Data Engineer||Hewlett Packard Enterprise Company||Sunnyvale, CA||Aug 14, 2015||$128,939 -
|Staff Data Engineer||Blackhawk Network, Inc.||Pleasanton, CA||Jun 20, 2016||$128,544 -
|Lead Data Engineer-Data Science Products||General Electric Company||San Ramon, CA||Oct 10, 2016||$128,000|
|Data Engineer II||Amazon Corporate LLC||Austin, TX||Nov 28, 2016||$128,000|
|Data Engineer II||Amazon Corporate LLC||Seattle, WA||Jul 21, 2016||$128,000|
|Data Warehouse Engineer||Linkedin Corporation||Mountain View, CA||Feb 16, 2015||$109,762 -
|Data Engineer II||Amazon Corporate LLC||Seattle, WA||Jun 23, 2016||$109,500|
|SR. Data Engineer III (Tech Yahoo, Software Apps DEV ENG)||Yahoo! Inc.||New York, NY||Sep 18, 2016||$109,100 -
|Lead Data Engineer-Etl||Williams-Sonoma, Inc.||San Francisco, CA||Aug 19, 2015||$108,784 -
|Data Warehouse Engineer||Move, Inc.||San Jose, CA||Feb 26, 2016||$108,673|
|Data Warehouse Engineer||Move, Inc.||San Jose, CA||Sep 19, 2015||$108,673|
|Data Engineer V (Software Applications)||Safeway Inc.||Phoenix, AZ||Aug 29, 2016||$108,550|
|Data Engineer II||Amazon Corporate LLC||Seattle, WA||Aug 08, 2016||$108,500|
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