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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 User Experience Designer||Vmware, Inc.||Palo Alto, CA||Nov 28, 2016||$170,000|
|Lead UX Designer||Evernote Corporation||Redwood City, CA||Sep 01, 2015||$165,000|
|Lead User Experience Designer||Docusign, Inc.||San Francisco, CA||Aug 29, 2016||$165,000|
|Lead User Experience Designer||Docusign, Inc.||San Francisco, CA||Aug 24, 2015||$160,000|
|User Experience Lead||Insight Methods, Inc.||CA||Dec 24, 2012||$156,525|
|User Experience Lead||Insight Methods, Inc.||Sterling, VA||Sep 04, 2014||$156,525|
|User Experience Lead||Insight Methods, Inc.||Oakton, VA||Jan 09, 2016||$156,525|
|Lead User Experience Designer||Dwolla, Inc.||San Francisco, CA||Jan 12, 2015||$154,000 -
|Lead User Experience Designer||Qubole Inc.||Mountain View, CA||Feb 22, 2016||$150,000|
|UX Lead||Google Inc.||Mountain View, CA||Aug 16, 2016||$148,788|
|UX Lead||Microsoft Corporation||Redmond, WA||Oct 01, 2011||$141,110|
|Lead, UX Design||Directv LLC||El Segundo, CA||Sep 20, 2016||$141,028|
|Lead User Experience Designer||This Life, Inc.||New York, NY||Oct 18, 2010||$125,000|
|Lead User Experience Designer||Three Pillar Global, Inc.||Fairfax, VA||Aug 17, 2012||$125,000|
|Lead Manager, User Experience Design||T. Rowe Price Associates, Inc.||Owings Mills, MD||May 23, 2015||$123,500|
|UX Lead||Avanade Inc.||New York, NY||Sep 13, 2013||$122,800|
|Lead UX Designer||Bottlenose, Inc.||CA||Apr 09, 2016||$120,000|
|Lead UX Designer||Ixonos USA, Ltd||San Francisco, CA||Aug 15, 2014||$120,000|
|Leader, User Experience||Mastercard International Incorporated||San Carlos, CA||Mar 05, 2015||$120,000|
|Lead User Experience Designer||Stellar Development Foundation||San Francisco, CA||Aug 24, 2015||$97,469|
|User Experience Leads||Directly, Inc.||San Francisco, CA||Nov 10, 2016||$96,866|
|Lead Manager, User Experience Design||T. Rowe Price Associates, Inc.||Owings Mills, MD||May 23, 2016||$95,784 -
|Lead UX Designer||Initme, Inc.||San Francisco, CA||Nov 07, 2012||$92,789 -
|Lead User Experience Designer||Successfactors, Inc.||South San Francisco, CA||Aug 19, 2015||$92,055 -
|Lead User Experience Designer||Intralinks, Inc.||MA||Sep 16, 2014||$92,000 -
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