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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 Latino5.8%
Black or African American1.5%
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University of Central Missouri9.8%
Northwestern Polytechnic University8.5%
University of Phoenix6.1%
More Tech Institute6.1%
Western Governors University4.9%
Rochester Institute of Technology4.9%
University of Bridgeport4.9%
Texas A&M University4.9%
George Mason University4.9%
Southern New Hampshire University4.9%
San Jose State University3.7%
Wright State University3.7%
Brigham Young University3.7%
Bryn Mawr College3.7%
Kent State University3.7%
San Francisco State University3.7%
University of Texas at Arlington2.4%
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|Job Title||Company||Location||Start Date||Salary|
|Senior Manager, Devops Engineering||Nerdwallet, Inc.||San Francisco, CA||Apr 07, 2016||$200,000|
|Devops Engineer||Nerdwallet, Inc.||San Francisco, CA||Aug 16, 2016||$195,000|
|Technial Lead, Devops Engineer||Dailymotion, Inc.||New York, NY||Dec 27, 2016||$180,000|
|Principal Devops Engineer||Lendingclub Corporation||San Francisco, CA||Nov 16, 2015||$179,000|
|Principal Devops Engineer||Lendingclub Corporation||San Francisco, CA||Mar 02, 2015||$175,000|
|Principal Devops Engineer||Lendingclub Corporation||San Francisco, CA||Oct 05, 2016||$175,000|
|Senior Devops Engineer||Guidewire Software, Inc.||Foster City, CA||Aug 22, 2016||$175,000|
|SR. Devops Engineer||MacHine Zone, Inc.||Palo Alto, CA||Dec 29, 2016||$169,749 -
|Devops Engineer||Netskope, Inc.||Los Altos, CA||Dec 15, 2016||$167,000 -
|Devops Engineer||Evernote Corporation||Redwood City, CA||Nov 01, 2016||$165,000|
|Lead Devops Engineer||Nomis Solutions, Inc.||San Bruno, CA||Jul 21, 2015||$165,000|
|Devops Engineer||Evernote Corporation||Redwood City, CA||Jan 11, 2016||$165,000|
|IT Lead Devops Engineer||Salesforce.Com, Inc.||San Francisco, CA||Jan 12, 2015||$165,000|
|Senior Devops Engineer||Reltio, Inc.||CA||Jan 10, 2016||$163,000|
|Senior Devops Engineer||Splunk, Inc.||San Francisco, CA||Sep 07, 2015||$120,390 -
|Creative Cloud Devops Engineer||Adobe Systems Incorporated||San Jose, CA||May 08, 2016||$120,349|
|SR. Devops Engineer||Arimo, Inc.||Mountain View, CA||Jan 09, 2016||$120,349|
|Associate, Devops Engineer||Equilend Holdings LLC||New York, NY||Aug 23, 2016||$120,224|
|Devops Engineer||Prokarma, Inc.||Greenwood Village, CO||Mar 10, 2016||$120,000 -
|Devops Engineer||Operative Media Inc.||New York, NY||Jan 08, 2016||$120,000 -
|Devops Engineer, Cloud Release and Continuous Development||TD Securities (USA) LLC||New York, NY||Jul 11, 2016||$120,000|
|Devops Engineer||Galaxy I Technologies, Inc.||West Chester, PA||Jan 10, 2016||$99,000|
|Devops Engineer||Galaxy I Technologies, Inc.||San Jose, CA||Sep 09, 2016||$99,000|
|Devops Engineer (Build Release Mgmt/SCM Engineer/Devops)||Galaxy I Technologies, Inc.||Sunnyvale, CA||Feb 09, 2016||$99,000|
|Devops Engineer||Galaxy I Technologies, Inc.||Sunnyvale, CA||May 09, 2016||$99,000|
|Devops Engineer||Galaxy I Technologies, Inc.||San Jose, CA||Sep 13, 2016||$99,000|
|Devops Engineer||Formac Inc.||Santa Monica, CA||Aug 25, 2015||$98,550|
|Devops Engineer||Galaxy I Technologies, Inc.||Sunnyvale, CA||Nov 25, 2015||$98,400|
|Devops Engineer||Ibeam Technologies, Inc.||Milpitas, CA||Jan 09, 2016||$98,342|
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