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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|
|Lead Embedded Software Engineer||Magic Leap, Inc.||Mountain View, CA||Nov 21, 2016||$175,000|
|Lead Embedded Software Engineer||Magic Leap, Inc.||Mountain View, CA||Aug 01, 2015||$175,000|
|*Staff Embedded SW DEV. Engineer/Wlan Validation||Qualcomm Atheros, Inc.||San Jose, CA||Oct 19, 2016||$157,477 -
|Embedded Software Engineer||Smallhd, LLC||Cary, NC||Sep 20, 2016||$155,000|
|Manager, Embedded Software Engineering||Stryker Medical, A Division of Stryker Corporation||Redmond, WA||Dec 27, 2016||$151,382|
|Embedded SW Engineer||S&D Engineering Solutions LLC||San Jose, CA||Sep 23, 2016||$150,000|
|Embedded Android Applications Software Engineer||Heptagon USA, Inc.||Santa Clara, CA||Dec 15, 2016||$150,000|
|Staff Embedded Software Engineer||Invensense, Inc.||San Jose, CA||Jun 20, 2016||$150,000|
|Embedded Software Engineer||Calsoft Labs Inc.||Santa Clara, CA||Nov 18, 2015||$148,803|
|Music Embedded SW Engineer||Logitech, Inc.||Newark, CA||Jul 11, 2016||$143,645|
|Staff Embedded Software Engineer (Software Develop||Psikick, Inc.||Santa Clara, CA||Jan 10, 2016||$142,938 -
|Engineer II, Embedded Software||Leviton Manufacturing Co. Inc.||Tualatin, OR||Oct 05, 2015||$101,000|
|Embedded Software Engineer||Fortinet, Inc.||Sunnyvale, CA||Apr 16, 2015||$100,984|
|Embedded Software Engineer||Einfochips, Inc.||North Canton, OH||Jul 29, 2016||$100,838|
|Embedded Software Engineer||Silvus Technologies, Inc.||Los Angeles, CA||Sep 06, 2016||$100,672|
|Staff Embedded Software Engineer||SONY Electronics, Inc.||San Diego, CA||Jan 17, 2016||$100,296|
|Embedded Software Engineer||Niftek Inc.||Sunnyvale, CA||Apr 01, 2016||$100,277|
|Powertrain Embedded Software Engineer||FCA Us LLC||Auburn Hills, MI||Nov 16, 2015||$100,080|
|Embedded Software Engineer, MTS Lead||Hughes Network Systems, LLC||Germantown, MD||Jun 30, 2016||$86,986|
|Embedded Software Engineer||Rockwell Automation, Inc.||Mequon, WI||Jan 09, 2016||$86,445|
|Embedded Software Engineer and Tester||L and T Technology Services Limited||Santa Clara, CA||Jan 14, 2016||$86,000 -
|Embedded Software Engineer||Principle Solutions Group, LLC||Houston, TX||Aug 08, 2016||$85,862|
|Embedded Software Engineer||Principle Solutions Group, LLC||Houston, TX||Aug 15, 2016||$85,862|
|Embedded Software Engineer||RGB Systems||Anaheim, CA||Sep 18, 2016||$85,500|
|Powertrain Embedded Software Engineer||FCA Us LLC||Auburn Hills, MI||Apr 14, 2016||$85,500|
|Embedded Software Engineer, Controls||Solectria Renewables LLC.||Lawrence, MA||Aug 28, 2015||$85,426 -
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