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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 Latino6.1%
Black or African American2.0%
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More Tech Institute15.5%
Nova Southeastern University10.3%
National Institute of Technology6.9%
University of Phoenix6.9%
University of Texas at Arlington5.2%
Illinois Institute of Technology5.2%
University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee5.2%
Massachusetts Institute of Technology3.4%
University of Massachusetts - Lowell3.4%
University of Mississippi3.4%
University of Texas at Dallas3.4%
University of Bridgeport3.4%
University of Maryland - Baltimore County3.4%
University of South Florida3.4%
Polytechnic Institute of New York University3.4%
Georgia State University3.4%
University of the West3.4%
Catholic University of America3.4%
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|Job Title||Company||Location||Start Date||Salary|
|Senior ETL Technical Lead||Combined Computer Resources, Inc.||Peapack and Gladstone, NJ||Jul 03, 2016||$156,525|
|ETL Tech Lead||Nerdwallet, Inc.||San Francisco, CA||May 16, 2016||$155,000|
|ETL Engineering Lead||Nerdwallet, Inc.||San Francisco, CA||Aug 25, 2014||$140,000|
|ETL Tech Lead||Nerdwallet||San Francisco, CA||Nov 20, 2015||$140,000|
|Lead ETL Developer||Teladoc, Inc.||Greenwich, CT||Sep 22, 2014||$135,000|
|ETL Lead||Bis Consulting, Inc.||San Jose, CA||Oct 23, 2014||$134,534|
|Lead ETL Developer||Teladoc Inc.||NY||Oct 17, 2016||$132,000 -
|Datastage/Etl Technical Lead||Populus Group LLC||San Antonio, TX||Apr 08, 2016||$130,438|
|ETL Lead||CDI Solutions, Inc.||San Ramon, CA||May 01, 2016||$127,000|
|ETL Lead||CDI Solutions, Inc.||San Ramon, CA||Apr 02, 2016||$127,000|
|Application Data Architect ETL Lead||Bank of The West||San Ramon, CA||Nov 05, 2016||$125,000|
|Informatica ETL Tech Lead||Jpmorgan Chase & Co.||Chicago, IL||Jun 19, 2013||$118,000|
|Lead ETL Developer||DSW, Inc.||Columbus, OH||Aug 09, 2016||$115,000|
|Team Leader, Data Modeling and ETL Development||Praxair, Inc.||Danbury, CT||Jun 20, 2016||$115,000|
|ETL Tech Lead||Barclays Bank Delaware||Wilmington, DE||May 12, 2016||$100,000 -
|Staff Consultant-Etl Lead||Information Control Company, LLC||Marysville, OH||Sep 11, 2013||$100,000|
|ETL Technical Lead||Barclays Bank Delaware||Wilmington, DE||Sep 16, 2013||$100,000 -
|ETL Technical Lead||Barclays Bank Delaware||Wilmington, DE||Jul 22, 2013||$100,000 -
|ETL Tech Lead||Diversant LLC||Charlotte, NC||Sep 09, 2013||$100,000 -
|ETL Tech Lead||SLK America Inc.||Plymouth, MN||Dec 30, 2016||$100,000|
|ETL Tech Lead||Diversant LLC||Charlotte, NC||Sep 06, 2014||$100,000 -
|ETL Lead Architecht||Accenture LLP||Philadelphia, PA||Sep 01, 2015||$92,100|
|ETL Datastage Technical Lead||SLK America Inc.||Cincinnati, OH||Sep 18, 2016||$92,000|
|ETL Lead||Asap Solutions Group||Sunnyvale, CA||Sep 04, 2013||$90,576|
|ETL Lead||It & Ebusiness Consulting Services Inc.||Bethpage, NY||Oct 17, 2016||$90,000|
|Lead ETL Developer||Viverae Inc.||Dallas, TX||Sep 30, 2013||$89,960|
|Lead ETL Developer||Optum Services, Inc.||Eden Prairie, MN||Apr 28, 2014||$86,600 -
|ETL Delivery Lead||IBM India Private Limited||Warren, NJ||Oct 01, 2015||$85,677|
|SAS ETL Lead||Pioneer Consulting Services LLC||Des Moines, IA||Aug 29, 2015||$85,000|
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