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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|
|Director of Field Applications Engineering||Thermagon, Inc.||Cleveland, OH||Sep 29, 2015||$175,727 -
|Field Applications Engineer, Principal||Broadcom Corporation||Sunnyvale, CA||Oct 21, 2015||$175,000|
|Field Application Engineer||CEVA Development Inc.||Mountain View, CA||Jun 20, 2016||$159,370|
|Field Applications Engineer, SR. Principal||Broadcom Corporation||Sunnyvale, CA||Nov 03, 2016||$152,776|
|Field Applications Engineer, SR. Principal||Broadcom Corporation||Sunnyvale, CA||Aug 29, 2016||$148,803|
|Field Applications Engineer||Micron Semiconductor Products, Inc.||Milpitas, CA||Aug 13, 2015||$148,000 -
|Staff Field Applications Engineer||Dolby Laboratories Licensing Corporation||San Francisco, CA||Jul 01, 2016||$145,933 -
|Principal Field Application Engineer||6Wind USA Inc.||Santa Clara, CA||Jun 01, 2016||$142,000 -
|Field Applications Engineer, Principal-Test||Broadcom Corporation||Santa Clara, CA||Aug 01, 2015||$141,960|
|Field Applications Engineer||NXP Semiconductors USA, Inc.||San Jose, CA||Nov 19, 2015||$141,960|
|Field Applications Engineer, Staff||Synopsys, Inc.||Mountain View, CA||Nov 16, 2016||$140,000 -
|Field Applications Engineer, Senior||Altera Corporation||San Jose, CA||Sep 03, 2015||$138,019|
|Field Applications Engineer||Intel Americas||Santa Clara, CA||Oct 18, 2016||$137,093 -
|Lead Field Applications Engineer||Atrenta Inc.||San Jose, CA||Jan 04, 2016||$136,000|
|Lead Field Applications Engineer||Aeroflex Wichita, Inc.||San Mateo, CA||Jun 21, 2016||$113,400|
|Field Applications Engineer (IC 5)||KLA-Tencor Corporation||Meridian, ID||Jan 22, 2015||$113,400|
|Staff Field Applications Engineer||Atmel Corporation||Addison, TX||Sep 05, 2015||$112,570 -
|Field Applications Engineer||Aeroflex Wichita, Inc.||Irvine, CA||Apr 04, 2016||$112,363|
|Field Applications Engineer||Autosplice, Inc.||San Diego, CA||Aug 31, 2015||$112,200|
|Field Applications Engineer||Autosplice, Inc.||San Diego, CA||Feb 24, 2016||$112,200|
|Field Application Engineer||TYCO Electronics Corporation, A Te Connectivity Ltd. Company||Kansas City, MO||Feb 16, 2015||$110,000|
|Field Application Engineer||EASI LLC||Farmington Hills, MI||Jul 15, 2016||$95,313|
|Director, Field Applications Engineering||Plug Power Inc.||NY||Mar 21, 2016||$95,287|
|Field Applications Engineer||Synopsys, Inc.||Austin, TX||Sep 03, 2015||$95,254 -
|Field Application Engineer||Teradyne, Inc.||San Jose, CA||Aug 17, 2015||$94,920|
|Field Application Engineer||Chelsio Communications, Inc.||Sunnyvale, CA||Sep 21, 2015||$94,500|
|Field Applications Engineer||Adobe Systems Incorporated||San Jose, CA||Jul 30, 2015||$94,162 -
|Field Application Engineer||TYCO Electronics Corporation||High Point, NC||Oct 19, 2016||$94,000|
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