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.
|Job Title||Company||Location||Start Date||Salary|
|Datastage Developer||The Matlen Silver Group, Inc.||Charlotte, NC||Jul 27, 2015||$156,525|
|Datastage Developer||The Matlen Silver Group, Inc.||Charlotte, NC||Jul 27, 2015||$152,351|
|Datastage Developer||CDI Solutions, Inc.||Austin, TX||Aug 26, 2016||$125,220|
|Datastage Developer||V-Soft Consulting Group, Inc.||Duluth, GA||Sep 21, 2015||$120,000|
|Datastage Developer||Allianz Global Risks Us Insurance Company||Petaluma, CA||Sep 30, 2016||$111,180|
|Datastage Developer||AIG PC Global Services, Inc.||Parsippany-Troy Hills, NJ||Apr 11, 2015||$110,000|
|Senior Datastage Developer||Sigma Group Inc.||New York, NY||Mar 02, 2015||$110,000|
|Datastage Administrator/Developer||The Computer Merchant, Ltd.||Quincy, MA||Aug 10, 2015||$110,000|
|Senior Datastage Developer||Baxalta Us Inc.||Deerfield, IL||Jul 01, 2015||$108,742|
|Datastage Developer||CDI Solutions, Inc.||Sunnyvale, CA||Jun 18, 2015||$108,524|
|Datastage Developer||CDI Solutions, Inc.||Sunnyvale, CA||Sep 13, 2016||$108,524|
|Datastage Developer||Sysintelli, Inc.||San Diego, CA||Feb 17, 2016||$108,000|
|Senior Datastage Developer||Baxter Healthcare Corporation||Deerfield, IL||Mar 17, 2015||$105,575|
|Datastage Developer||Sriven Systems, Inc.||Des Moines, IA||Oct 01, 2015||$90,000|
|Datastage Developer||Sriven Systems Inc.||Colleyville, TX||Jan 10, 2016||$90,000|
|Datastage Developer||Sriven Systems, Inc.||Urbandale, IA||Apr 18, 2016||$90,000|
|Etl/Datastage Developer||RIVI Consulting Group, LLC||Alpharetta, GA||Jan 12, 2015||$90,000|
|Datastage Developer||Sriven Systems, Inc.||Colleyville, TX||Jan 10, 2016||$90,000|
|Datastage Developer||Sriven Systems, Inc.||Des Moines, IA||Oct 11, 2016||$90,000|
|SR. Datastage Developer||Gravity Solutions, Inc.||Quincy, MA||Jan 23, 2015||$88,691|
|Programmer Analyst/Datastage Developer||Oasys Technologies Inc.||Eden Prairie, MN||Sep 22, 2015||$78,400|
|Datastage Developer||Emaestro Technologies Inc.||Irvine, CA||Aug 26, 2015||$78,000|
|Datastage Developer||Polakams, LLC||Wilmington, DE||Sep 15, 2015||$78,000|
|Datastage Developer||Logic Planet, Inc.||Collegeville, PA||Jan 15, 2016||$77,000|
|Datastage Developer||Pyramid Technology Solutions, Inc.||Herndon, VA||Sep 17, 2016||$76,960|
|Datastage Developer||CDI Solutions, Inc.||Bloomfield, CT||Apr 01, 2016||$76,802|
|Datastage Developer||Pyramid Technology Solutions, Inc.||McLean, VA||Aug 18, 2015||$76,690|
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