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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|
|Business Intelligence Engineer||Facebook, Inc.||Menlo Park, CA||Jun 20, 2016||$175,000|
|Business Intelligence (BI) Engineer||Facebook, Inc.||Menlo Park, CA||Nov 01, 2016||$170,000|
|Business Intelligence Engineer||Facebook, Inc.||Menlo Park, CA||Mar 04, 2015||$159,489|
|Business Intelligence Engineer||Facebook, Inc.||Menlo Park, CA||Apr 18, 2016||$153,000|
|Business Intelligence/Datawarehouse Engineer||Zulily, LLC||Seattle, WA||Aug 26, 2016||$150,174|
|Business Intelligence Engineer||Facebook, Inc.||Menlo Park, CA||Mar 21, 2016||$150,000|
|Business Intelligence Engineer||Facebook, Inc.||Menlo Park, CA||Sep 05, 2016||$145,000|
|Business Intelligence Engineer||ABC, Inc.||Seattle, WA||Apr 17, 2016||$145,000|
|Business Intelligence Engineer||Offerup, Inc.||Bellevue, WA||Nov 14, 2016||$144,000 -
|Business Intelligence Engineer||Offerup, Inc.||Bellevue, WA||Nov 20, 2016||$144,000 -
|Business Intelligence (BI) Engineer||Workers' Compensation Insurance Rating Bureau of California||Oakland, CA||Apr 07, 2015||$119,808 -
|Business Intelligence Engineer||Godaddy.Com, LLC||Cambridge, MA||Feb 09, 2016||$118,781|
|Business Intelligence Engineer||Godaddy.Com, LLC||Cambridge, MA||Sep 02, 2016||$118,781|
|Business Intelligence Engineer||Godaddy.Com, LLC||Cambridge, MA||Sep 15, 2015||$118,000|
|Business Intelligence Engineer||Affymetrix, Inc.||San Diego, CA||Jun 17, 2016||$116,390 -
|Business Intelligence Engineer||Nordstrom, Inc.||Seattle, WA||Dec 21, 2016||$115,500|
|Business Intelligence/Datawarehouse Engineer||Zulily, Inc.||Seattle, WA||Mar 03, 2015||$115,000|
|Business Intelligence Engineer||Kinnser Software, Inc.||Austin, TX||Oct 26, 2016||$115,000|
|Intelligent Transportation Systems Engineer||DKS Associates||CA||Aug 04, 2015||$101,483 -
|Intelligent Transportation Systems Engineer||DKS Associates||Portland, OR||Sep 07, 2015||$101,483 -
|Intelligent Transportation Systems Engineer||DKS Associates||Portland, OR||Aug 04, 2015||$101,483 -
|Business Intelligence Engineer||Proteus Digital Health, Inc.||Redwood City, CA||Sep 20, 2015||$100,000|
|Business Intelligence Engineer, PH.D.||Amazon Corporate LLC||Seattle, WA||Feb 10, 2015||$100,000 -
|Business Intelligence Engineer I||Amazon Corporate LLC||Seattle, WA||Sep 05, 2016||$100,000|
|Business Intelligence Engineer I||Amazon Corporate LLC||Seattle, WA||Jun 07, 2015||$100,000|
|Business Intelligence Engineer I||Goodreads LLC||San Francisco, CA||Dec 28, 2015||$100,000|
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