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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|
|Lead Software Application Developer||Wise Men Consultants, Inc.||Houston, TX||Dec 26, 2016||$245,440|
|Team Lead Application Development||Servicenow, Inc.||Santa Clara, CA||Oct 20, 2016||$164,382|
|Lead Application Developer||The Options Clearing Corporation||Chicago, IL||May 27, 2015||$149,450|
|Lead Applications Developer||Vmware, Inc.||Palo Alto, CA||Nov 18, 2015||$145,374|
|Lead Applications Developer||Vmware, Inc.||Palo Alto, CA||May 23, 2016||$142,376 -
|Lead Applications Developer||Thoughtworks, Inc.||Chicago, IL||Jan 21, 2016||$142,376|
|Lead Applications Developer||Vmware, Inc.||Palo Alto, CA||Oct 01, 2015||$141,099|
|Lead Applications Developer||Procom Consulting LLC||Atlanta, GA||Apr 09, 2015||$140,873|
|Lead Application Developer||Tata Consultancy Services Limited||Jersey City, NJ||Oct 11, 2016||$140,000 -
|Lead Applications Developer||Thoughtworks, Inc.||Chicago, IL||Oct 01, 2015||$138,362|
|Lead Applications Developer||Thoughtworks, Inc.||Chicago, IL||Sep 19, 2015||$136,000|
|Lead Applications Developer||Vmware, Inc.||Palo Alto, CA||Mar 30, 2015||$135,432|
|Lead Application Developer||Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu Services Inc.||Princeton, NJ||Feb 22, 2016||$135,000|
|Lead Applications Developer||Barclays Services Corp.||New York, NY||Aug 09, 2016||$135,000|
|Lead Application Developer||Flagstar Bank, FSB||San Antonio, TX||Jul 07, 2016||$112,500|
|Lead Application Developer||Flagstar Bank, FSB||Troy, MI||Jun 24, 2016||$112,500|
|Lead Application Developer||ADP Technology Services, Inc.||Sayreville, NJ||Nov 23, 2015||$111,821 -
|Lead Application Developer||ADP Technology Services, Inc.||Roseland, NJ||Feb 20, 2015||$111,821 -
|Lead Application Developer||Thoughtworks, Inc.||Chicago, IL||Apr 01, 2016||$111,800|
|Project Lead, Application Development||Proficient Business Systems, Inc.||Duluth, GA||Apr 15, 2016||$111,384|
|Lead Application Developer||The Advisory Board Company||Austin, TX||Apr 03, 2015||$111,134|
|Lead Application Developer||Standard & Poor's Financial Services LLC||New York, NY||Apr 22, 2016||$111,115 -
|Lead Application Developer||ADP Technology Services, Inc.||Camarillo, CA||Aug 25, 2015||$102,523 -
|Lead Application Developer||ADP Technology Services, Inc.||Camarillo, CA||Jun 11, 2015||$102,190 -
|Lead Application Developer||ADP Technology Services, Inc.||Camarillo, CA||May 18, 2015||$102,190 -
|Project Leader, Application Development||Olympus Corporation of The Americas||Center, PA||Jun 28, 2016||$101,837 -
|Lead Application Developer||ADP Technology Services, Inc.||Marlborough, MA||Jun 12, 2016||$100,610 -
|Lead Application Developer||ADP Technology Services, Inc.||Roseland, NJ||Dec 20, 2016||$100,547 -
|Lead Application Developer||ADP Technology Services, Inc.||Roseland, NJ||Aug 22, 2016||$100,547 -
|Lead Application Developer||ADP, LLC||Parsippany-Troy Hills, NJ||Nov 22, 2016||$100,547 -
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