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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 Latino9.8%
Black or African American0.9%
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University of Phoenix19.1%
More Tech Institute10.4%
University of Maryland - University College6.0%
Rochester Institute of Technology4.4%
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute4.4%
New York University3.8%
Wayne State University3.8%
Macomb Community College3.8%
Ohio State University3.8%
University of Houston3.8%
Cleveland State University3.8%
University of South Florida3.3%
Michigan State University3.3%
University of California - Irvine3.3%
Pennsylvania State University3.3%
Monroe Community College3.3%
University of Texas at Austin3.3%
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|Job Title||Company||Location||Start Date||Salary|
|Manager, Development Technical||KPMG LLP||Montvale, NJ||Sep 03, 2015||$190,000|
|Manager SR. Development Tech Software||Nvidia Corporation||Santa Clara, CA||Aug 30, 2016||$187,682 -
|Manager, Developer Technology Software||Nvidia Corporation||Santa Clara, CA||Nov 12, 2015||$160,992|
|SAP Application Development Technical Lead||KLC Consulting Inc.||Tallahassee, FL||Oct 14, 2016||$160,000|
|Software Developer, Technical Lead||Rodan & Fields, LLC||San Francisco, CA||Nov 23, 2016||$157,743|
|Manager, Standards Development & Technical Projects||International Federation of Accountants||New York, NY||Jan 08, 2016||$156,500|
|Software Developer Technical Lead||Rodan & Fields, LLC||San Francisco, CA||Oct 19, 2015||$150,000|
|Developer, ETG Trading Technology||KCG Americas LLC||New York, NY||Mar 20, 2015||$150,000|
|Developer, Risk Technology||KCG Americas LLC||Jersey City, NJ||Mar 19, 2015||$150,000|
|Developer, ETG Trading Technology||KCG Americas LLC||Jersey City, NJ||Mar 20, 2015||$150,000|
|Developer, Ivmm Trading Technology||KCG Americas LLC||New York, NY||Dec 09, 2015||$150,000|
|Application Development-Internet Technologies Developer II||Zolon Tech Solutions, Inc.||Baltimore, MD||Aug 26, 2015||$146,090|
|Fellow, Clinical Application Development & Technology||Parexel International||Billerica, MA||Apr 01, 2015||$145,889|
|Fellow, Clinical Application Development & Technology||Parexel International||Billerica, MA||Jan 04, 2015||$145,889|
|Smts Technology and Development||Globalfoundries U.S., Inc.||Malta, NY||Oct 08, 2016||$116,917 -
|Master Application Developer-Technical Lead||Capital One Services II LLC||Wilmington, DE||Jan 12, 2015||$116,700 -
|Developer, IT||J. Crew Group, Inc.||New York, NY||Nov 12, 2015||$115,500|
|Technical Developer||Renovite Technologies, Inc.||San Jose, CA||Dec 09, 2016||$115,000|
|Technical Developer (Data Scientist)||Google, Inc.||Sunnyvale, CA||Jan 10, 2015||$115,000|
|Digital Development Tech Lead||Ads Alliance Data Systems, Inc.||Columbus, OH||Dec 10, 2015||$115,000|
|Technical Developer (Data Scientist)||Google, Inc.||Sunnyvale, CA||Oct 01, 2015||$115,000|
|Creative Technologist/Developer||Daniel J. Edelman, Inc.||New York, NY||Nov 02, 2015||$115,000|
|Development Technician||Oceaneering International, Inc.||Panama City, FL||Sep 01, 2015||$98,363 -
|Development Technician||Oceaneering International, Inc.||Panama City, FL||Sep 23, 2015||$98,363 -
|Development Tech Lead||Federal Home Loan Mortgage Co.||McLean, VA||Oct 11, 2016||$97,900 -
|Software Developer, Tech Lead||Fiserv Global Services, Inc.||Princeton, NJ||Jan 27, 2016||$96,762 -
|Application Developer, Tech Lead||Barclays Bank Delaware||Wilmington, DE||Jul 27, 2015||$95,350 -
|Application Developer-Technical Lead||Capital One Services II LLC||Mettawa, IL||Apr 07, 2015||$95,200 -
|Application Developer, Technology||Raymond James and Associates, Inc.||Saint Petersburg, FL||Feb 11, 2015||$95,000|
|Application Development Tech Lead||AON Service Corporation||Chicago, IL||Sep 20, 2015||$95,000|
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