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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 Architect||Southeastern Data Cooperative Inc.||Atlanta, GA||Oct 01, 2013||$170,000|
|Lead Software Architect-Telematics Core Platform||Delta Computer Consulting, Inc.||Torrance, CA||Sep 10, 2012||$166,960|
|Lead Software Architect-Telematics Core Platform||Delta Computer Consulting, Inc.||Torrance, CA||Jun 07, 2014||$166,960|
|Lead Software Architect-Telematics Core Platform||Delta Computer Consulting, Inc.||Torrance, CA||Jan 30, 2014||$166,960|
|Lead Software Architect||Environmental Systems Research Institute, Inc.||Redlands, CA||Aug 13, 2012||$166,400|
|Lead Software Architect||Mercury Networks, LLC||Sunnyvale, CA||Apr 15, 2015||$165,000|
|Lead Software Architect||Boxbee, Inc.||New York, NY||Jun 10, 2015||$165,000|
|Lead Software Architect||Amdocs Inc.||Dulles Town Center, VA||Sep 29, 2016||$160,000|
|Lead Software Components Architect||Atypon Systems, Inc.||Santa Clara, CA||Feb 03, 2015||$156,200|
|Lead Software Architect||Proquest LLC||Palo Alto, CA||Jan 06, 2014||$150,000|
|Lead Software Architect, Embedded Systems||Primus Power Corporation||Hayward, CA||Mar 02, 2015||$150,000|
|Lead Software Architect||Lyatiss Inc.||Mountain View, CA||Sep 20, 2014||$150,000|
|Project Manager & Lead Software Architect||Spokeo, Inc.||Pasadena, CA||Sep 15, 2014||$150,000|
|Lead Software Architect||Arvato Systems Na, Inc.||New York, NY||Feb 19, 2016||$126,422|
|Lead Software Architect||New Holland Capital, LLC||New York, NY||Apr 17, 2015||$125,000|
|Lead Software/Technology Architect||Proarch It Solutions, Inc.||Atlanta, GA||Sep 24, 2013||$125,000|
|Lead Software Architect||Myspace, LLC||Beverly Hills, CA||Oct 02, 2013||$125,000 -
|Lead Software Architect||Myspace, Inc.||Beverly Hills, CA||Oct 02, 2013||$125,000 -
|Lead Pega Software Architect||Cox Automotive, Inc.||Atlanta, GA||Aug 10, 2015||$111,384 -
|Team Lead/Software Architect||Bridge2 Solutions Inc.||Alpharetta, GA||Jun 13, 2016||$111,384 -
|Lead Software Architect||Innovative Web Creations, Inc.||Plano, TX||Nov 01, 2014||$110,000|
|Lead Software Architect||Global Data Management Software, LLC||Boston, MA||Sep 17, 2010||$108,000|
|Lead Software Architect||Appchord, Inc.||Salt Lake City, UT||Aug 27, 2015||$105,000|
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