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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 Latino7.7%
Black or African American0.2%
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University of Utah11.1%
University of Northern Iowa7.4%
University of Nevada - Las Vegas7.4%
Texas State University7.4%
University of Southern California7.4%
University of California - Los Angeles7.4%
University of Colorado at Boulder3.7%
University of Florida3.7%
California State University - San Marcos3.7%
Carnegie Mellon University3.7%
Ohio State University3.7%
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign3.7%
University of Washington3.7%
Florida Atlantic University3.7%
University of Advancing Technology3.7%
Rochester Institute of Technology3.7%
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|Job Title||Company||Location||Start Date||Salary|
|Lead Game Engineer||Microsoft Corporation||Kirkland, WA||Dec 01, 2014||$158,551|
|Senior AI Game Engineer||Kixeye Inc.||San Francisco, CA||Sep 08, 2015||$140,000|
|Reactive Game Engineer TOO||Microsoft Corporation||Kirkland, WA||Aug 03, 2015||$137,300|
|Mobile Games Engineering Lead||GLU Mobile Inc.||San Francisco, CA||Aug 03, 2015||$137,033|
|Game AI Engineer||ANKI, Inc.||San Francisco, CA||Oct 01, 2015||$135,000|
|Game AI Engineer (Multiple Openings)||Anki, Inc.||San Francisco, CA||Jun 23, 2015||$134,638|
|Game AI Engineer (Multiple Openings)||Anki, Inc.||San Francisco, CA||Jun 25, 2015||$134,638|
|Mobile Games Engineering Lead||Playfirst, Inc.||San Francisco, CA||Oct 01, 2014||$132,080|
|Games Engineer||GLU Mobile Inc.||San Francisco, CA||Aug 07, 2015||$130,000 -
|Games Engineer||GLU Mobile Inc.||Long Beach, CA||Aug 18, 2015||$130,000 -
|VR Game Engineer||Colopl Ni Inc.||San Mateo, CA||Apr 13, 2016||$125,000|
|Senior Frontend Games Engineer||Tapulous, Inc.||Palo Alto, CA||Dec 05, 2010||$125,000|
|Game AI Engineer||ANKI, Inc.||San Francisco, CA||Nov 11, 2013||$120,000|
|Senior Game AI Engineer||ANKI, Inc.||San Francisco, CA||Aug 19, 2013||$120,000|
|Senior Backend Games Engineer||Tapulous, Inc.||Palo Alto, CA||Oct 10, 2010||$115,000|
|SR. Mobile Game Engineer||SGN Games, Inc.||Carlsbad, CA||Sep 04, 2015||$112,000|
|Moblie Games Engineering Lead||Playfirst, Inc.||San Francisco, CA||Oct 01, 2011||$108,683|
|Game Engineer||GLU Mobile Inc.||San Francisco, CA||Dec 14, 2016||$105,000|
|Game Engineer||Rocket Ninja Inc.||San Francisco, CA||Jan 17, 2012||$105,000|
|Game Play Engineer||MacHine Zone, Inc.||Carlsbad, CA||Jul 20, 2015||$93,000|
|SR. Programmer, Game Engine Library||Neversoft Entertainment, Inc.||Los Angeles, CA||Oct 01, 2010||$92,165 -
|Mobile Games Engineer||GSN Games, Inc.||Palo Alto, CA||Aug 26, 2016||$90,000|
|Game Engineer||Rumble Entertainment, Inc.||San Mateo, CA||Oct 05, 2015||$90,000|
|Mobile Games Engineer||GSN Games, Inc.||Palo Alto, CA||Feb 09, 2016||$88,219|
|Mobile Games Engineer||GSN Games, Inc.||Palo Alto, CA||Jul 09, 2016||$88,219|
|Mobile Games Engineer||GSN Games, Inc.||San Francisco, CA||Aug 28, 2016||$88,219|
|Mobile Games Engineer||Disney Online||Glendale, CA||Sep 10, 2013||$86,700|
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