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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 Latino6.8%
Black or African American1.3%
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University of Phoenix8.4%
University of Texas at Austin7.8%
More Tech Institute6.0%
New York University5.4%
Illinois Institute of Technology5.4%
Arizona State University5.4%
University of Texas at Arlington4.8%
Ohio State University4.8%
Texas A&M University4.8%
New Jersey Institute of Technology4.8%
University of Washington4.8%
University of California - Berkeley4.2%
George Washington University4.2%
University of Maryland - College Park4.2%
University of Texas at Dallas4.2%
George Mason University4.2%
University of Houston4.2%
Indiana Institute of Technology4.2%
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|Job Title||Company||Location||Start Date||Salary|
|Lead Product Architect||Chain Inc.||San Francisco, CA||Feb 09, 2016||$200,000|
|Lead Architect||Bot Home Automation, Inc.||Santa Monica, CA||Apr 27, 2016||$185,000|
|Digital Architect Security Lead||Jpmorgan Chase & Co.||Jersey City, NJ||Oct 19, 2015||$175,000|
|Lead Architect||Rebel Mouse, Inc.||New York, NY||Apr 30, 2015||$170,000|
|Lead Dell Identity Architect||Icsynergy International, LP||Plano, TX||Sep 22, 2015||$170,000|
|Lead Mdms Architect||Innovative Systems Group, Inc.||Glen Ellyn, IL||Oct 31, 2015||$166,400|
|Lead Architect||Kodiak Networks, Inc.||Plano, TX||Jan 03, 2016||$161,782|
|Architect Lead||Jpmorgan Chase & Co.||Jersey City, NJ||Aug 22, 2016||$160,000|
|ETL Lead Architect||Karura Consulting, Inc.||Milwaukee, WI||Jan 06, 2016||$160,000|
|Lead Architect||Barclays Bank Delaware||Wilmington, DE||Dec 19, 2016||$160,000|
|Lead Architect||LM Group Inc.||Cerritos, CA||Jul 30, 2015||$159,390|
|Technical Lead-Architect||Turnberry Solutions, Inc.||Philadelphia, PA||Dec 19, 2016||$155,000|
|Lead Architect||Airwatch, LLC||Atlanta, GA||Mar 12, 2015||$104,437|
|Lead Architect||IBM India Private Limited||Dallas, TX||Feb 10, 2016||$104,041|
|Lead Architect||Savvis Communications Corporation||Saint Louis, MO||Feb 10, 2016||$103,688|
|Architect Lead||Wipro Limited||San Ramon, CA||Jan 06, 2016||$103,210|
|Architect Lead||Wipro Limited||San Ramon, CA||Sep 21, 2015||$103,210|
|Lead Architect||IBM India Private Limited||Englewood Cliffs, NJ||Aug 02, 2015||$102,840|
|Application Programmer Lead & Architect||N-Tier Solutions, Inc.||Charlotte, NC||Jul 03, 2015||$101,379|
|Lead Architect||Qwest Corporation D/B/A Centurylink QC||Minneapolis, MN||Dec 29, 2016||$92,331|
|Architect Lead||Wipro Limited||Boston, MA||Jun 18, 2015||$92,019|
|Architect Lead||Wipro Limited||Lexington, MA||Jun 26, 2015||$92,019|
|Architect Lead||Wipro Limited||Quincy, MA||Jun 18, 2015||$92,019|
|Architect Lead||Wipro Limited||Englewood, CO||Jun 23, 2016||$91,915|
|Architect Lead||Wipro Limited||Englewood, CO||Jul 29, 2015||$91,915|
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