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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 Latino7.3%
Black or African American1.8%
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More Tech Institute13.6%
Fairleigh Dickinson University10.2%
Texas A&M University9.1%
New York University6.8%
Illinois Institute of Technology6.8%
California State University - Los Angeles4.5%
University of Bridgeport4.5%
University of the West3.4%
Wright State University3.4%
Maharishi University of Management3.4%
California State University - Fresno3.4%
University of Central Missouri3.4%
University of Houston3.4%
International Technological University3.4%
New Jersey Institute of Technology3.4%
National Institute of Technology2.3%
Illinois State University2.3%
University of Houston - Clear Lake2.3%
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|Job Title||Company||Location||Start Date||Salary|
|Informatica Developer||Teksystems, Inc.||Charlotte, NC||Aug 31, 2016||$150,264|
|Informatica Developer||Pinnacle Technical Resources Inc.||Charlotte, NC||May 30, 2016||$149,534|
|Informatica Developer||Teksystems, Inc.||Charlotte, NC||Aug 31, 2016||$141,916|
|Informatica Developer||Populus Group LLC||Norfolk, VA||Sep 19, 2015||$131,481|
|Informatica Developer||Humetis Technologies, Inc.||Millington, MD||Sep 05, 2016||$125,220|
|Informatica Developer||Tekcrew, Inc.||Atlanta, GA||Aug 07, 2015||$125,220|
|Informatica Developer||Artech Information Systems LLC||Herndon, VA||Sep 19, 2015||$125,000 -
|Informatica Developer||Diversant LLC||Charlotte, NC||Sep 26, 2016||$125,000 -
|Informatica Developer||Aptiva Corp||North Brunswick, NJ||Oct 06, 2016||$123,490|
|Informatica Developer||Aptiva Corp||North Brunswick, NJ||Jun 22, 2016||$123,490|
|Informatica Developer||Aptiva Corp||North Brunswick, NJ||Jun 06, 2016||$123,490|
|Informatica Developer||Aptiva Corp||North Brunswick, NJ||Jun 13, 2016||$123,490|
|ETL Informatica Developer||Sagarsoft, Inc.||Portland, ME||May 11, 2015||$123,133|
|Informatica Developer||Diversant LLC||Charlotte, NC||Mar 03, 2016||$121,000 -
|Informatica Developer||Mirage Software, Inc. DBA Bourntec Solutions, Inc.||Schaumburg, IL||May 02, 2016||$84,950|
|Informatica Developer||IBM Corporation||Dublin, OH||Aug 03, 2016||$84,906 -
|ETL Informatica Developer||IBM Corporation||Glendale, CA||May 01, 2015||$84,781 -
|Informatica Data Quality (IDQ) Developer||Primasoft Inc.||Billerica, MA||Jul 08, 2015||$84,000|
|ETL Informatica Developer||Collaborate Solutions Inc.||Shrewsbury, MA||Sep 26, 2016||$83,512|
|ETL Informatica Developer||Collaborate Solutions Inc.||Shrewsbury, MA||Sep 19, 2016||$83,512|
|Software Developer/Informatica Developer||Idexcel, Inc.||Bellevue, WA||Apr 27, 2015||$82,000|
|Informatica Developer||Collaborate Solutions Inc.||Shrewsbury, MA||Apr 02, 2015||$71,614|
|Bi/Informatica Developer||Lead It Corporation||Los Angeles, CA||Apr 25, 2016||$71,510|
|Informatica Developer||ECOM Solutions Inc.||Wilmington, DE||Sep 20, 2015||$71,000|
|Informatica Developer||ECOM Solutions Inc.||Wilmington, DE||Sep 19, 2015||$71,000|
|Informatica Developer||I3Infotek, Inc.||Jersey City, NJ||Oct 24, 2016||$71,000|
|ETL Informatica Developer||Nexgen Technologies, LLC||Cincinnati, OH||Aug 22, 2016||$71,000|
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