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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 Latino7.5%
Black or African American1.3%
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University of Phoenix15.8%
George Mason University7.0%
Pennsylvania State University5.7%
University of Washington5.4%
Illinois Institute of Technology5.1%
Texas A&M University5.1%
New Jersey Institute of Technology4.4%
Northern Illinois University4.4%
Carnegie Mellon University4.1%
More Tech Institute4.1%
Johns Hopkins University4.1%
George Washington University3.8%
Rochester Institute of Technology3.8%
University of Massachusetts - Boston3.8%
Northern Virginia Community College3.5%
Michigan State University3.2%
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|Job Title||Company||Location||Start Date||Salary|
|Database Developer||Techniligent Inc.||Sunnyvale, CA||Apr 21, 2016||$164,382|
|Software-Database Developers||Mitchell/Martin Inc.||New York, NY||Nov 17, 2015||$160,000|
|Database Developer||Citadel LLC||Chicago, IL||Apr 18, 2016||$150,000 -
|Staff Database Developer||Fireeye, Inc.||Milpitas, CA||Jan 19, 2016||$150,000 -
|Database Developer||Mio Partners, Inc.||New York, NY||Nov 21, 2016||$140,000|
|Oracle Database Developer||Currier, McCabe & Associates||New York, NY||Sep 24, 2016||$139,029|
|Database Developer||KGS-Alpha Capital Markets, L.P.||New York, NY||Dec 06, 2016||$138,000|
|Database Developer||HULU, LLC||Santa Monica, CA||Oct 01, 2015||$135,000|
|Database Developer||Tableau Software Inc.||Seattle, WA||Apr 27, 2016||$133,806 -
|Database Developer (Functional Title: Database ENG, Software ENG or Oracle Developer/)||Securiport, LLC||Washington, DC||Feb 25, 2016||$132,250|
|Database Developers||The Dotcom.Team, LLC||Braintree Town, MA||Aug 22, 2016||$131,800|
|Database Developers||The Dotcom.Team, LLC||Braintree Town, MA||Oct 27, 2016||$131,800|
|Database Developers||The Dotcom.Team, LLC||Braintree Town, MA||Aug 31, 2016||$131,800|
|Database Developer||Yesmail, Inc.||Burlington, MA||Sep 03, 2016||$131,747|
|Database Developer, Senior||Ads Alliance Data Systems, Inc.||Irving, TX||Feb 28, 2016||$95,837|
|Database Developer||Expedia, Inc.||Bellevue, WA||May 27, 2016||$95,534 -
|Database Developer||Expedia, Inc.||Bellevue, WA||Jun 25, 2016||$95,534 -
|Database Developer||Expedia, Inc.||Bellevue, WA||Jun 27, 2016||$95,534 -
|Database Developer||Ads Alliance Data Systems, Inc.||Irving, TX||Oct 14, 2015||$95,077|
|Database Developer I||Propelsys Technologies LLC||Plano, TX||Dec 23, 2016||$95,077|
|Database Developer I||Propelsys Technologies LLC||Plano, TX||Nov 30, 2016||$95,077|
|Database Developer||Infogroup Inc.||Burlington, MA||Sep 07, 2016||$95,000|
|Database Developer||Cyberthink Inc.||Charlotte, NC||Aug 25, 2016||$77,200|
|Database Developer||Cyberthink Inc.||Charlotte, NC||May 16, 2016||$77,200|
|Database Developer||Management Decisions, Inc.||Chandler, AZ||Jan 22, 2015||$77,000 -
|Database Developer/Programmer||Dotcom Team, LLC||Braintree Town, MA||Jan 03, 2015||$77,000 -
|Database Developer||Ads Alliance Data Systems, Inc.||Irving, TX||Jan 30, 2015||$76,773|
|Database Developer||Technical Strategies Inc.||Tempe, AZ||Feb 29, 2016||$76,600|
|Database Developer||Millennium Software, Inc.||Dearborn, MI||Aug 29, 2016||$76,238|
|Database Developer||Intersocietal Accreditation Commission||Ellicott City, MD||Jan 09, 2016||$76,024 -
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