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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 Latino9.6%
Black or African American1.0%
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New York University9.0%
University of Texas at Dallas6.2%
University of Utah6.2%
Arizona State University5.5%
University of Georgia4.8%
University of Southern California4.8%
University of Texas at Austin4.8%
Northwest Missouri State University4.1%
University of California - San Diego4.1%
Georgia Institute of Technology -4.1%
University of Missouri - Columbia4.1%
University of Houston4.1%
Florida International University4.1%
San Diego State University4.1%
University of California - Irvine4.1%
University of Texas at Arlington3.4%
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|Job Title||Company||Location||Start Date||Salary|
|IOS Developer||Indiegogo, Inc.||San Francisco, CA||Mar 21, 2016||$175,000|
|IOS Developer||Indiegogo, Inc.||San Francisco, CA||Apr 01, 2016||$165,000|
|Lead IOS Developer||Ziprecruiter, Inc.||Santa Monica, CA||Oct 20, 2015||$165,000|
|IOS Developer||Wink, Inc.||New York, NY||Jul 15, 2015||$150,000|
|IOS Developer||Wink, Inc.||New York, NY||Aug 17, 2015||$150,000|
|IOS Developer, Premiere Clip||Adobe Systems Incorporated||San Jose, CA||Jun 15, 2015||$145,000|
|IOS Developer||Salesforce.Com, Inc.||Santa Monica, CA||Aug 15, 2015||$142,000|
|IOS Developer||Chartboost, Inc.||San Francisco, CA||Aug 23, 2016||$140,250 -
|IOS Developer||Scribd||San Francisco, CA||May 23, 2016||$140,005|
|Lead IOS Developer||Myflicklist, Inc.||Redwood City, CA||Sep 01, 2015||$140,000|
|Lead IOS Developer||ZUMA Ventures Management, LLC||Santa Monica, CA||Jan 02, 2016||$140,000|
|IOS Developer||Collective Health, Inc.||San Mateo, CA||Apr 26, 2016||$140,000|
|IOS Developer||Jackthreads, Inc.||New York, NY||Nov 16, 2015||$140,000|
|IOS Developer||Scribd, Inc.||San Francisco, CA||Jan 02, 2016||$138,362 -
|Lead IOS Developer||Tigertext||Santa Monica, CA||Apr 02, 2016||$99,798|
|IOS Developer||Valiantica Inc.||Pleasanton, CA||Apr 30, 2015||$99,404|
|Software Engineer, IOS Developer||Upthere, Inc.||Redwood City, CA||May 09, 2016||$99,000 -
|IOS Developer||Sysintelli Inc.||Sunnyvale, CA||Aug 24, 2016||$98,500|
|IOS Developer||Mobile APPS Enterprises, LLC||Mounds View, MN||Feb 22, 2016||$98,089|
|IOS Developer||Gracenote||San Francisco, CA||Jan 29, 2015||$96,900|
|IOS Developer||Boostinsider Inc.||Burlingame, CA||Jan 10, 2015||$96,000|
|IOS Developer||Boostinsider Inc.||Burlingame, CA||Oct 01, 2015||$96,000|
|IOS Developer||Cloudarity, Inc.||Pleasanton, CA||Mar 31, 2015||$79,789|
|IOS Developer||Morningstar, Inc. (A Morningstar Company)||Chicago, IL||Jun 08, 2015||$78,750|
|IOS Developer||Eastbanc Technologies, LLC||Washington, DC||Sep 09, 2016||$77,000 -
|Computer Programmer-IOS Developer||Weezlabs Inc.||Santa Monica, CA||Sep 09, 2016||$77,000 -
|IOS APP Developer||Sysintelli Inc.||San Francisco, CA||Apr 04, 2016||$77,000|
|IOS Developer||TSQ Systems Inc.||Gold River, CA||Jun 09, 2016||$76,482|
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