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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 Systems Engineer||Factset Research Systems Inc.||Norwalk, CT||Jul 13, 2016||$190,133|
|Lead Systems Engineer||Inovant, LLC||Foster City, CA||Apr 25, 2015||$163,984 -
|Lead System Engineer||at&T Services, Inc.||Middletown, NJ||Oct 30, 2016||$161,401|
|Lead System Consultant-Software Engineer||MCI Communications Services, Inc.||Santa Clara, CA||Feb 24, 2015||$159,875|
|Lead System Engineer||Artech Information Systems LLC||Irving, TX||Jun 15, 2015||$156,000|
|Lead System Consultant-Software Engineer||MCI Communications Services||San Jose, CA||Jul 07, 2016||$155,000|
|Lead System Consultant-Software Engineering||MCI Communications Services, Inc.||San Jose, CA||Apr 27, 2015||$155,000|
|Lead System Consultant-Software Engineer||MCI Communications Services, Inc.||San Jose, CA||Jul 06, 2015||$155,000|
|Lead System Consultant-Software Engineer||MCI Communications Services||San Jose, CA||Apr 27, 2015||$150,000|
|Lead Systems Consultant-Software Engineer||Verizon Corporate Resources Group LLC||San Jose, CA||Aug 29, 2016||$145,000|
|Lead Systems Engineer||The Gap, Inc.||San Francisco, CA||Nov 28, 2016||$145,000 -
|Lead System Consultant-Software Engineer||MCI Communications Services, Inc.||San Jose, CA||Apr 06, 2015||$144,000|
|Lead Systems Consultant-Software Engineer||Edgecast Networks, Inc.||Los Angeles, CA||Aug 21, 2016||$142,000|
|Lead Systems Engineer||Williams-Sonoma, Inc.||San Francisco, CA||Oct 31, 2016||$127,150 -
|Engineering Lead-Connector Systems||Trendsetter Engineering||Houston, TX||Feb 06, 2016||$126,381|
|Lead Systems Engineer||Revasoft It Solutions, Inc.||Boca Raton, FL||Oct 30, 2016||$125,220|
|Lead System Consultant-Software Engineer||Edgecast Networks, Inc.||Los Angeles, CA||Sep 03, 2015||$125,000|
|Lead Systems Consultant-Software Engineer||Edgecast Networks, Inc.||Los Angeles, CA||Aug 30, 2016||$125,000|
|Lead System Consultant-Software Engineer||Verizon Data Services LLC||San Jose, CA||Jun 08, 2015||$125,000|
|Lead AIX Systems Engineer||Gap Inc.||Pleasanton, CA||Jun 24, 2015||$125,000|
|Lead Systems Engineer||West Publishing Corporation||Eagan, MN||Sep 14, 2016||$112,965|
|Lead Systems Engineer||Inovant, LLC||Highlands Ranch, CO||Oct 01, 2015||$112,715 -
|Lead Systems Consultant-S/W ENG (SR. Systems Engineer)||Verizon Telematics Inc.||Atlanta, GA||Dec 16, 2015||$111,849|
|Lead Systems Engineer||Home Depot USA, Inc.||Atlanta, GA||Sep 08, 2015||$110,700|
|Lead System Engineer||Drfirst.Com, Inc.||Rockville, MD||Jan 10, 2016||$110,000|
|Lead Systems Engineer||Inovant, LLC||Highlands Ranch, CO||Apr 30, 2016||$109,834 -
|Lead Distribution Systems Engineer||Long Island Electric Utility Servco LLC||Hicksville, NY||Apr 04, 2016||$108,000|
|Lead Distribution Systems Engineer||Long Island Electric Utility Servco LLC||Hicksville, NY||Dec 22, 2016||$108,000|
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