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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 Latino7.4%
Black or African American1.8%
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University of Phoenix8.3%
George Mason University8.3%
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute7.4%
University of Central Florida5.8%
University of Maryland - Baltimore County5.8%
University of Maryland - University College5.0%
University of Washington5.0%
American InterContinental University5.0%
University of Maryland - College Park5.0%
Johns Hopkins University4.1%
New Jersey Institute of Technology4.1%
University of Texas at Arlington3.3%
Virginia Commonwealth University3.3%
Georgia Institute of Technology -3.3%
University of Colorado at Boulder3.3%
San Francisco State University3.3%
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|Job Title||Company||Location||Start Date||Salary|
|Production Database Engineer||Facebook, Inc.||Menlo Park, CA||Sep 10, 2015||$258,060|
|Production Database Engineer||Facebook, Inc.||Menlo Park, CA||Aug 20, 2015||$238,944 -
|MTS, Database Engineer||Paypal, Inc.||San Jose, CA||Apr 18, 2016||$205,000|
|MTS 2, Database Engineering||Paypal, Inc.||San Jose, CA||Dec 29, 2016||$205,000|
|Manager Database Engineering WEC||Wal-Mart Associates, Inc.||San Bruno, CA||Jun 14, 2016||$188,822|
|MTS 2, Database Engineering||EBAY Inc.||San Jose, CA||May 10, 2015||$185,000|
|MTS 2, Database Engineering||EBAY Inc.||San Jose, CA||Aug 16, 2016||$185,000|
|Manager, Database Engineering 3||Paypal, Inc.||San Jose, CA||Jul 03, 2016||$184,304|
|Manager, Database Engineer 3||Paypal, Inc.||San Jose, CA||Dec 12, 2016||$184,304|
|Manager, Database Engineering||Linkedin Corporation||Mountain View, CA||Dec 21, 2015||$184,122 -
|Database Engineer 4, Cloud Security||Blue Coat Systems Inc.||San Jose, CA||Jan 19, 2016||$180,000|
|Database Engineer||Google Inc.||Mountain View, CA||Oct 15, 2015||$176,300|
|MTS 2, Database Engineering||Paypal, Inc.||San Jose, CA||Aug 03, 2016||$173,775|
|Database Engineer||Populus Group LLC||Columbus, OH||Jan 10, 2016||$114,785|
|Microsoft Database Engineer||Vigna Solutions Inc.||Sterling, VA||Sep 12, 2015||$114,546|
|Oracle Database Engineer III||Universal Service Administrative Company||Coppell, TX||Jul 23, 2015||$114,546 -
|Database Engineer||Moody's Analytics||San Francisco, CA||Jun 17, 2015||$114,400|
|Database Engineer 3||Stubhub||San Francisco, CA||Sep 13, 2016||$113,963 -
|Oracle Database Engineer III||Universal Service Administrative Company||Washington, DC||Feb 13, 2015||$113,485|
|Database Engineer||PGDS (Us One) LLC||Lansing, MI||Apr 26, 2016||$113,341 -
|Database Engineer SQL||Novartis Services Inc.||Fort Worth, TX||Apr 01, 2016||$112,765|
|Database Engineer||Oto Analytics, Inc.||San Francisco, CA||Jun 28, 2015||$85,987|
|Database Engineer||Medidata Solutions, Inc.||Houston, TX||Sep 25, 2016||$85,702|
|Database Engineer||Valiantica Inc.||Elk Grove, CA||Oct 26, 2016||$85,567|
|Database Engineer||Bosch Automotive Service Solutions LLC||Owatonna, MN||Dec 07, 2016||$85,000|
|Database Engineer||EZ2 Technologies, Inc.||Houston, TX||Jul 24, 2015||$85,000|
|Database Engineer||True Fit Corporation||Woburn, MA||Sep 07, 2015||$85,000|
|Database Engineer||Starcom Mediavest Group, Inc.||Chicago, IL||Sep 01, 2015||$85,000|
|Network Database Engineer||B. Braun Medical Inc.||Carrollton, TX||Jan 10, 2016||$85,000|
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