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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 Latino7.8%
Black or African American1.2%
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More Tech Institute10.4%
University of Phoenix9.6%
University of Texas at Dallas5.4%
University of Houston5.3%
New York University5.2%
University of Texas at Austin5.0%
Pennsylvania State University4.9%
Illinois Institute of Technology4.8%
Texas A&M University4.8%
San Jose State University4.5%
Arizona State University4.4%
New Jersey Institute of Technology4.3%
Rochester Institute of Technology4.0%
University of Illinois at Chicago4.0%
Carnegie Mellon University3.9%
University of Florida3.8%
George Mason University3.8%
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|Job Title||Company||Location||Start Date||Salary|
|Developer||Institute for Building Technology & Safety (IBTS)||Ashburn, VA||Sep 30, 2017||$118,600|
|Angular Developer||Anira Solutions Inc.||Ashburn, VA||Sep 16, 2018||$96,000|
|Azure Developer||Anira Solutions Inc.||Ashburn, VA||Sep 16, 2018||$96,000|
|Microsoft Dynamics AX Developer||GVA Infotech Inc.||Ashburn, VA||May 16, 2018||$96,000|
|Microsoft Dynamics AX Developer||GVA Infotech Inc.||Ashburn, VA||Jan 16, 2018||$96,000|
|Microsoft Dynamics AX Developer||Anira Solutions Inc.||Ashburn, VA||Jan 16, 2018||$96,000|
|Mulesoft Developer||Anira Solutions Inc.||Ashburn, VA||Sep 16, 2018||$96,000|
|Python Developer||Anira Solutions Inc.||Ashburn, VA||Sep 16, 2018||$96,000|
|Bigdata Developer||Anira Solutions Inc.||Ashburn, VA||Sep 16, 2018||$96,000|
|Python Developer||GVA Infotech Inc.||Ashburn, VA||Sep 16, 2018||$96,000|
|Qlik View Developer||Anira Solutions Inc.||Ashburn, VA||Sep 16, 2018||$96,000|
|Xamerian Developer||GVA Infotech Inc.||Ashburn, VA||Sep 16, 2018||$96,000|
|Xml/Xslt Developer||Anira Solutions Inc.||Ashburn, VA||Sep 16, 2018||$96,000|
|Perl Developer||GVA Infotech Inc.||Ashburn, VA||Jan 08, 2018||$95,000|
|Dynamics NAV Developer||Idol Soft, Inc.||Ashburn, VA||Feb 02, 2018||$93,915|
|Appian Developer||International Cloud Business Inc.||Ashburn, VA||Sep 19, 2018||$93,000|
|RPA Developer||I3Infotek, Inc.||Ashburn, VA||Jun 11, 2018||$93,000|
|RPA Developer||Ciphernine Inc.||Ashburn, VA||May 17, 2018||$92,050|
|Full Stack Developer||Datalysys, LLC||Ashburn, VA||Sep 17, 2018||$92,019|
|Mscrm Developer||International Cloud Business Inc.||Ashburn, VA||Sep 19, 2018||$92,019|
|Teradata Developer||Kennedy International Software, Inc.||Ashburn, VA||Nov 29, 2017||$87,000|
|Hyperion Developer||Dimension Consulting||Ashburn, VA||Sep 19, 2013||$80,018|
|Share Point Developer||G3 Infotek Inc.||Ashburn, VA||Apr 20, 2016||$80,000|
|Share Point Developer||G3 Infotek Inc.||Ashburn, VA||May 19, 2016||$80,000|
|Senior.Net Developer||Newt Global Consulting, LLC||Ashburn, VA||Feb 01, 2011||$78,775|
|Senior.Net Developer||Newt Global Consulting, LLC||Ashburn, VA||Mar 06, 2011||$78,775|
|Appian Developer||Zillion Technologies Inc.||Ashburn, VA||Sep 16, 2017||$71,000|
|Sterling OMS Developer||GVA Infotech Inc.||Ashburn, VA||Sep 18, 2017||$70,000|
|Ms.Net Developer||First Object Inc.||Ashburn, VA||Jan 08, 2016||$68,000|
|Developer||Cerebrum Software Solutions Inc.||Ashburn, VA||Feb 10, 2015||$67,600|
|Developer||International Technologies Pro, LLC||Ashburn, VA||Oct 11, 2010||$62,067|
|Developer||Cerebrum Software Solutions Inc.||Ashburn, VA||Sep 01, 2015||$60,000|
|Developer||International Technologies Pro, LLC||Ashburn, VA||Jul 07, 2010||$60,000 -
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