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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 Latino7.0%
Black or African American1.2%
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University of Denver8.3%
University of Akron6.3%
University of Wisconsin Extension6.3%
University of Arizona6.3%
University of Texas at Dallas6.3%
Kansas State University6.3%
University of Florida4.2%
Arizona State University4.2%
University of Colorado at Boulder4.2%
Texas State University4.2%
University of North Carolina at Charlotte4.2%
Texas A&M University4.2%
Florida International University4.2%
Florida State University4.2%
University of Hawaii at Manoa4.2%
Northern Illinois University4.2%
University of Maryland - College Park4.2%
California State University - Los Angeles4.2%
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|Job Title||Company||Location||Start Date||Salary|
|GIS Developer||Panoramic Solutions Group, LLC||San Francisco, CA||Jul 01, 2015||$198,265|
|GIS Developer||Panoramic Solutions Group, LLC||San Francisco, CA||Jan 07, 2015||$198,265|
|GIS Developer||Genuent, LLC||San Francisco, CA||Feb 16, 2016||$198,265|
|GIS Developer||Panoramic Staffing LLC||San Francisco, CA||Jul 01, 2013||$177,395|
|GIS Developer||Global Software Resources, Inc.||Walnut Creek, CA||Sep 30, 2016||$156,525|
|GIS Developer, Senior||Pacific Gas & Electric Co||San Francisco, CA||Jan 22, 2015||$132,080|
|Gis/Edi Developer||Judge Technical Services Inc.||Lake Mary, FL||Apr 28, 2014||$129,394|
|GIS Developer, Senior||Pacific Gas & Electric Company||San Francisco, CA||Oct 01, 2015||$125,445|
|GIS Developer||Global Software Resources, Inc.||Pleasanton, CA||Jan 27, 2015||$117,000|
|GIS Developer||Global Software Resources, Inc.||Pleasanton, CA||Jun 25, 2015||$117,000|
|Gis/Edi Developer||Infolob Solutions, Inc.||Lake Mary, FL||May 12, 2014||$108,524|
|Senior GIS Developer||Razavi Application Developers, Inc.||Washington, DC||Sep 17, 2014||$106,537|
|GIS Developer||Futura Systems Inc.||Atlanta, GA||Jan 08, 2016||$84,500|
|GIS Developer||Vnuit LLC||Walnut Creek, CA||Jun 16, 2016||$84,000|
|Manager, Gis Development||Cybertech Systems and Software, Inc.||Redlands, CA||Sep 14, 2016||$82,826|
|GIS Developer||Centaurus Technology Partners, LLC.||Irving, TX||Mar 22, 2016||$82,000|
|GIS Developer||Spatial Business Systems, Inc.||Lakewood, CO||Jun 01, 2016||$82,000|
|SR. GIS Developer||Infotech Enterprises America, Inc.||San Diego, CA||Aug 24, 2014||$81,515|
|GIS Developer||Infotech Enterprises America, Inc.||San Diego, CA||Aug 24, 2014||$81,515|
|Senior GIS Developer||Logic Solutions Group LLC||Houston, TX||Feb 06, 2016||$81,500|
|GIS Developer||Quantum Spatial||Norcross, GA||Mar 19, 2015||$73,500|
|GIS Developer||Wendel WD Architecture, Engineering, Surveying & Landscape Architectur||Williamsville, NY||Jul 25, 2016||$72,000|
|GIS Developer||KCI Technologies Inc.||MD||Jan 01, 2015||$70,491|
|Data Scientist & GIS Developer||Streetscan Inc.||Burlington, MA||Aug 31, 2016||$70,000|
|Data Scientist & GIS Developer||Streetscan Inc.||Burlington, MA||Sep 20, 2016||$70,000|
|GIS Developer||Cyient, Inc.||San Diego, CA||Jul 10, 2014||$69,805|
|SR. GIS Developer||Cyient, Inc.||San Diego, CA||Jul 10, 2014||$69,805|
|GIS Developer||Bergmann Associates||Buffalo, NY||Sep 28, 2013||$69,618 -
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