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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 Latino7.2%
Black or African American1.2%
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Arizona State University6.5%
San Jose State University6.5%
Pennsylvania State University6.5%
Rochester Institute of Technology6.5%
Art Center College of Design6.5%
University of Michigan - Ann Arbor4.3%
University of California - Davis4.3%
Seton Hall University4.3%
University of Southern California4.3%
School of the Art Institute of Chicago4.3%
New York University4.3%
Rhode Island School of Design4.3%
Carnegie Mellon University4.3%
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill4.3%
Portland State University4.3%
George Mason University4.3%
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|Job Title||Company||Location||Start Date||Salary|
|Human Interface Designer||Apple Inc.||Cupertino, CA||Jun 21, 2016||$185,050 -
|Human Interface Designer||Apple Inc.||Cupertino, CA||May 14, 2015||$172,000 -
|Human Interface Designer||Apple Inc.||Cupertino, CA||Oct 15, 2014||$170,000 -
|Human Interface Designer||Apple Inc.||Cupertino, CA||Nov 16, 2016||$150,000 -
|Visual Interface Designer (Software Engineer, Applications)||Apple Inc.||Cupertino, CA||Oct 20, 2015||$130,000 -
|Visual Interface Designer (Software Engineer, Applications)||Apple Inc.||Cupertino, CA||Mar 23, 2016||$130,000 -
|Human Interface Designer||Nvidia Corporation||Santa Clara, CA||Feb 03, 2015||$124,806 -
|Human Interface Designer||Somo Enterprises, Inc.||Mountain View, CA||Oct 01, 2011||$120,000|
|Interface Designer||LHP Software, LLC||San Francisco, CA||May 04, 2012||$118,000|
|Designer III Human Interface||Nvidia Corporation||Santa Clara, CA||Mar 07, 2015||$115,635 -
|Facets Interface Designer||Blue Shield of California||San Francisco, CA||Jan 02, 2016||$115,600|
|Human Interface Designer||Nvidia Corporation||Santa Clara, CA||Jul 16, 2012||$110,804 -
|Senior Interface Designer||Electronic Arts Inc.||Redwood City, CA||Sep 01, 2013||$110,000|
|Lead Interface Designer||C&T Information Technology Consulting, Inc.||Austin, TX||Oct 01, 2014||$108,000|
|Vcompass and UCS Interface Designer (Network Engin||Synnefo Technology Solutions, Inc.||Schaumburg, IL||Oct 01, 2011||$105,000|
|Vcompass and UCS Interface Designer (Network Engin||Synnefo Technology Solutions, Inc.||Schaumburg, IL||Dec 12, 2011||$105,000|
|Lead Interface Designer||C&T Information Technology Consulting, Inc.||Austin, TX||Sep 01, 2013||$104,350|
|Human Interface Designer||Daqri, LLC||Los Angeles, CA||Sep 13, 2016||$100,000|
|Designer II Human Interface||Nvidia Corporation||Santa Clara, CA||Jun 30, 2014||$95,641 -
|Designer II Human Interface||Nvidia Corporation||Santa Clara, CA||Jun 15, 2012||$92,941 -
|Software Engineer-Human Interface Design||Blackwell Global Consulting, LLC||Bloomington, IL||Sep 19, 2012||$90,000|
|Software Engineer-Human Interface Design||Blackwell Global Consulting, LLC||Bloomington, IL||May 09, 2011||$75,250|
|Interface Designer||Better Cloud Inc.||Atlanta, GA||Mar 04, 2015||$73,632|
|Interface Designer||Randstad Technologies, LP||CA||Sep 12, 2013||$72,613|
|Interface Designer||Randstad Technologies, LP||CA||Jun 24, 2013||$70,949|
|Interface Designer/Programmer||Bitalign, Inc., DBA GRIO||San Francisco, CA||Oct 01, 2012||$70,000 -
|Graphic Interface Designer||Cigniti, Inc.||Irving, TX||Oct 01, 2015||$62,000|
|Interface Designer||Tigerspike Inc.||San Francisco, CA||Jul 27, 2015||$60,000|
|Interface Designer||Covetus, LLC||Columbus, OH||Aug 23, 2015||$60,000|
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