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Software developers are the creative minds behind computer programs. Some develop the applications that allow people to do specific tasks on a computer or another device. Others develop the underlying systems that run the devices or that control networks.Duties
Software developers typically do the following:
Software developers are in charge of the entire development process for a software program. They may begin by asking how the customer plans to use the software. They must identify the core functionality that users need from software programs. Software developers must also determine user requirements that are unrelated to the functionality of software, such as the level of security and performance needs. They design the program and then give instructions to programmers, who write computer code and test it.
If the program does not work as expected or if testers find it too difficult to use, software developers go back to the design process to fix the problems or improve the program. After the program is released to the customer, a developer may perform upgrades and maintenance.
Developers usually work closely with computer programmers. However, in some companies, developers write code themselves instead of giving instructions to the programmers.
Developers who supervise a software project from the planning stages through implementation sometimes are called information technology (IT) project managers. These workers monitor the project’s progress to ensure that it meets deadlines, standards, and cost targets. IT project managers who plan and direct an organization’s IT department or IT policies are included in the profile on computer and information systems managers.
The following are examples of types of software developers:
Applications software developers design computer applications, such as word processors and games, for consumers. They may create custom software for a specific customer or commercial software to be sold to the general public. Some applications software developers create complex databases for organizations. They also create programs that people use over the Internet and within a company’s intranet.
Systems software developers create the systems that keep computers functioning properly. These could be operating systems for computers that the general public buys or systems built specifically for an organization. Often, systems software developers also build the system’s interface, which is what allows users to interact with the computer. Systems software developers are creating the operating systems that control most of the consumer electronics in use today, including the systems in phones or cars.
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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University of Phoenix7.8%
University of Washington6.3%
Florida Atlantic University6.3%
Rochester Institute of Technology6.3%
University of Houston6.3%
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University of Massachusetts - Lowell4.7%
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|Job Title||Company||Location||Start Date||Salary|
|Junior Software Developer||Tower Research Capital LLC||New York, NY||Jan 09, 2016||$135,000|
|Junior Software Developer||Fixstream Networks, Inc.||San Jose, CA||Feb 11, 2015||$110,000|
|Junior Software Developer, Applications||Anvato, Inc.||Mountain View, CA||Sep 16, 2016||$105,000|
|Junior Software Developer||Fidelis Corporation||Schaumburg, IL||Jul 01, 2015||$103,626|
|Junior Software Developer||Flextrade Systems Inc.||Great Neck, NY||Oct 17, 2016||$95,000|
|JR. Software Developer||Interactive Brokers LLC||Greenwich, CT||Sep 27, 2015||$95,000 -
|JR. Software Developer||Xamarin, Inc.||San Francisco, CA||Aug 17, 2016||$90,000|
|JR. Software Developer||Atlas Informatics Corporation||Seattle, WA||May 08, 2016||$90,000|
|JR. Software Developer||Open Access Technology International, Inc.||Minneapolis, MN||Jan 07, 2015||$87,550|
|Junior Software Developer||Camin Cargo Control Inc.||Linden, NJ||Jul 14, 2016||$87,298|
|Junior Software Developer||Randstad Technologies, LP||Phoenix, AZ||Sep 12, 2015||$80,000|
|JR. Software Developer||Customer Care Inc.||San Ramon, CA||Aug 09, 2015||$80,000|
|Junior Software Developer||Merge Healthcare Solutions, Inc.||San Diego, CA||Aug 20, 2016||$78,509|
|Junior Software Developer||Power Advocate, Inc.||Boston, MA||Jul 15, 2016||$78,000|
|Junior Rails Software Developer||Evacuation Complete LLC||New York, NY||Sep 11, 2015||$73,445 -
|JR. Software Developer||Versatech Inc.||Washington, DC||Dec 26, 2016||$72,000|
|JR. Software Developer||MNK Infotech Inc.||Houston, TX||Aug 31, 2016||$72,000|
|Junior Software Developer||EZE Castle Software, LLC, An EZE Software Group Company||Boston, MA||Sep 01, 2015||$71,802 -
|Junior Software Developer||EZE Castle Software, LLC, An EZE Software Group Company||Boston, MA||Aug 26, 2015||$71,802 -
|Junior Software Developer||Balatarin, LLC.||Marina del Rey, CA||Sep 14, 2016||$71,510|
|Junior Software Developer (Back-End)||Spokeo, Inc.||Pasadena, CA||Aug 20, 2016||$71,510 -
|Junior Software Developer-Client Server||Novara Geosolutions, LLC||Norwell, MA||Aug 29, 2016||$63,549|
|Junior Software Developer||Hyland Software, Inc.||Westlake, OH||Aug 23, 2016||$63,440|
|JR. Software Developer||Open Access Technology International, Inc.||Minneapolis, MN||Jan 06, 2016||$63,140|
|JR. Software Developer||MNK Infotech Inc.||Irving, TX||Jul 28, 2015||$60,000|
|JR Software Developer||Visanow.Com, Inc.||Chicago, IL||Dec 08, 2016||$60,000 -
|Junior Software Developer||Restaurant Application Development International LLC||Oak Brook, IL||Sep 09, 2016||$60,000|
|JR. Software Developer||MNK Infotech Inc.||Atlanta, GA||Aug 31, 2016||$60,000|
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