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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 Latino8.1%
Black or African American1.4%
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University of Texas at Arlington11.8%
San Jose State University7.8%
University of Wisconsin Extension7.8%
University of Washington5.9%
Georgia Institute of Technology -5.9%
University of Houston5.9%
University of Wisconsin - Platteville3.9%
Arizona State University3.9%
Wright State University3.9%
Texas Tech University3.9%
Santa Clara University3.9%
Oregon Institute of Technology3.9%
Brigham Young University3.9%
Pennsylvania State University3.9%
Johns Hopkins University3.9%
Colorado Technical University3.9%
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|Job Title||Company||Location||Start Date||Salary|
|Staff Embedded Engineer||SONY Electronics, Inc.||San Jose, CA||Dec 08, 2016||$140,979|
|IOS Embedded Bring Up Engineer||Apple Inc.||Cupertino, CA||Jul 03, 2015||$132,038 -
|Embedded Engineer||Robert Bosch LLC||Palo Alto, CA||Oct 21, 2015||$130,000|
|Embedded Engineer||Robert Bosch Start-Up Platform North America LLC||Redwood City, CA||Jan 01, 2016||$130,000|
|IOS Embedded Bring Up Engineer||Apple Inc.||Cupertino, CA||Apr 27, 2015||$125,000 -
|Embedded Engineer||Revivermx, Inc.||San Francisco, CA||Apr 01, 2015||$120,000|
|Embedded IOS Bring Up Engineer||Apple Inc.||Cupertino, CA||Aug 03, 2015||$120,000 -
|Embedded Sensor Engineer||Placemeter, Inc.||New York, NY||Aug 15, 2016||$115,000 -
|Embedded Engineer Active Safety||Delphi Corporation||Mountain View, CA||Aug 31, 2016||$109,658|
|Embedded Engineer||Calsoft Labs, Inc.||Mountain View, CA||Jul 02, 2015||$106,500|
|Embedded Engineer||Calsoft Labs, Inc.||Mountain View, CA||Oct 01, 2015||$106,500|
|Embedded Engineer||Einfochips, Inc.||Irvine, CA||Mar 09, 2016||$104,291|
|Embedded Engineer||Teledyne Seabotix, Inc.||San Diego, CA||Feb 10, 2015||$89,191 -
|Embedded Engineer||Dew Software, Inc.||New York, NY||Jun 08, 2015||$88,088|
|Embedded Engineer||Volansys LLC||Santa Clara, CA||Nov 12, 2015||$87,422|
|Engineer III-Embedded||Echostar Technologies LLC||Englewood, CO||Sep 06, 2015||$87,214 -
|Embedded Engineer||Volansys LLC||Santa Clara, CA||Sep 18, 2015||$87,090|
|Embedded Engineer||Fours Consulting Inc.||Burr Ridge, IL||Jul 16, 2015||$85,000|
|Embedded Engineer||Volansys LLC||Hudson, NH||Sep 18, 2015||$84,510|
|Engineer-Embedded||Hughes Network Systems LLC||Germantown, MD||Nov 19, 2016||$70,200|
|Engineer-Embedded||Echostar Data Networks||Germantown, MD||Oct 02, 2016||$70,013 -
|Engineer-Embedded||Echostar Data Networks||Germantown, MD||Feb 10, 2016||$70,013 -
|Engineer II Embedded||Echostar Technologies LLC||Englewood, CO||Sep 09, 2015||$67,912 -
|Engineer II-Embedded||Echostar Data Networks||Atlanta, GA||Sep 02, 2015||$67,850 -
|Engineer II-Embedded||Echostar Data Networks||Atlanta, GA||Feb 09, 2015||$67,850 -
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