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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.
|Job Title||Company||Location||Start Date||Salary|
|Global Head, Developer Support Engineering||Facebook, Inc.||Menlo Park, CA||Mar 04, 2015||$192,486 -
|Global Head, Developer Support Engineering||Facebook, Inc.||Menlo Park, CA||Aug 19, 2013||$188,000|
|Staff Developer Support Engineer||SONY Computer Entertainment America LLC||San Mateo, CA||Jul 26, 2014||$145,000|
|Developer Support Engineer||Facebook, Inc.||Menlo Park, CA||Mar 17, 2015||$136,130 -
|Developer Support Engineer||Facebook, Inc.||Menlo Park, CA||Sep 10, 2014||$129,340|
|Technical Developer Support Engineer||Salesforce.Com, Inc.||San Mateo, CA||Jan 27, 2016||$126,115|
|Developer Support Engineering Manager||Facebook, Inc.||Menlo Park, CA||Jan 02, 2016||$126,041|
|Senior Audio Developer Support Engineer||SONY Computer Entertainment America LLC.||Foster City, CA||Sep 22, 2012||$118,170|
|Senior Audio Developer Support Engineer||SONY Computer Entertainment America LLC||Foster City, CA||Jul 26, 2012||$118,170|
|Senior Developer Support Engineer||EBAY Inc.||San Jose, CA||Jan 01, 2013||$116,355|
|Developer Support Engineer||Facebook, Inc.||Menlo Park, CA||May 11, 2015||$115,900 -
|Developer Support Tier II Senior Engineer||Salesforce.Com, Inc.||San Mateo, CA||Feb 04, 2013||$115,000|
|Technical Developer Support Engineer||Salesforce.Com||San Mateo, CA||Jan 10, 2015||$114,390|
|Developer Support Engineer||Facebook, Inc.||Menlo Park, CA||Mar 21, 2016||$102,000|
|Developer Support Engineer||Facebook, Inc.||Menlo Park, CA||Feb 23, 2016||$101,581 -
|Application/SW Development/Support or Engineer||Pyramid Consulting, Inc.||Alpharetta, GA||Aug 03, 2015||$101,000|
|Application/Sw Development/Support or Engineer||Pyramid Consulting, Inc.||Alpharetta, GA||Dec 27, 2015||$101,000|
|Application/Sw Development/Support or Engineer||Pyramid Consulting, Inc.||Alpharetta, GA||Sep 10, 2014||$101,000|
|Application/SW Development/Support or Engineer||Pyramid Consulting, Inc.||Alpharetta, GA||Jan 02, 2016||$101,000|
|Developer Support Engineer||Digitalpersona, Inc.||Redwood City, CA||Aug 28, 2013||$100,322|
|Software Development Support Engineer||Qubole Inc.||Mountain View, CA||Aug 27, 2016||$100,000|
|Development Support Engineer||Analysis & Design Application Co, , Ltd.||Austin, TX||Nov 12, 2012||$92,000|
|Developer Support Engineer||SONY Computer Entertainment America LLC.||Foster City, CA||Jan 01, 2012||$92,000|
|Developer Support Engineer||Havok.Com Inc.||San Francisco, CA||Apr 23, 2012||$90,000 -
|Developer Support Engineer||Facebook, Inc.||Palo Alto, CA||Sep 30, 2011||$90,000|
|Developer Support Engineer-IOS||Adcolony, Inc.||Kirkland, WA||Aug 15, 2016||$89,669 -
|Technical Developer Support Engineer||Salesforce.Com||San Mateo, CA||Sep 11, 2015||$89,378|
|Technical Developer Support Engineer||Salesforce.Com||San Mateo, CA||Jul 12, 2015||$89,378|
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