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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 Latino6.6%
Black or African American1.4%
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University of Delaware10.3%
University of Missouri - Saint Louis6.9%
University of Bridgeport6.9%
University of Southern Mississippi6.9%
George Mason University6.9%
University of Central Missouri6.9%
University of Cincinnati6.9%
University of Texas at Arlington3.4%
More Tech Institute3.4%
Ferris State University3.4%
City College of New York of the City University of New York3.4%
Washington State University3.4%
University of Maryland - University College3.4%
New Jersey Institute of Technology3.4%
University of Mississippi3.4%
Point Loma Nazarene University3.4%
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|Job Title||Company||Location||Start Date||Salary|
|Microstrategy Developer||The Matlen Silver Group, Inc.||Charlotte, NC||Oct 01, 2014||$161,659|
|SR. Microstrategy Developer||Select Source International||Irving, TX||Mar 10, 2016||$160,160|
|Microstrategy Developer||The Matlen Silver Group, Inc.||Charlotte, NC||Jul 20, 2015||$150,264|
|Microstrategy Developer||Winery Exchange Inc.||Novato, CA||Aug 22, 2016||$138,500|
|Microstrategy Developer||Sungard Consulting Services LLC||Irving, TX||Sep 18, 2013||$134,098|
|Microstrategy Developer||Sungard Consulting Services LLC||Irving, TX||Nov 15, 2013||$134,098|
|SR. Microstrategy Developer||Diversant LLC||Charlotte, NC||Jun 29, 2015||$130,000 -
|Senior Microstrategy Developer||Cormac Corporation||Columbia, MD||Oct 17, 2016||$130,000|
|Microstrategy Developer||Meta Dimensions Inc.||Falls Church, VA||Jan 15, 2016||$125,757|
|Microstrategy Developer/Architect||Nabors Corporate Services, Inc.||Houston, TX||Jan 13, 2015||$125,000|
|Senior Microstrategy Developer||Barnes & Noble, Inc.||New York, NY||Feb 15, 2016||$124,100|
|Senior Microstrategy Developer||The Gap, Inc.||Pleasanton, CA||Jul 20, 2016||$123,510 -
|Senior Microstrategy Developer||The Gap, Inc.||Pleasanton, CA||Jul 27, 2016||$123,510 -
|Microstrategy Developer||Iris Software, Inc.||Warren, NJ||Oct 20, 2014||$100,000|
|Senior Microstrategy Developer||Iris Software, Inc.||Fort Mill, SC||Mar 05, 2016||$100,000|
|Microstrategy Developer||New York Life Investment Management, LLC||Westwood, MA||Feb 20, 2013||$100,000 -
|Microstrategy Developer||Enterprise Resource Planning International, LLC||Washington, DC||Oct 10, 2016||$100,000|
|Senior Microstrategy Developer||Iris Software, Inc.||Fort Mill, SC||Apr 25, 2016||$100,000|
|Microstrategy Developer||Iris Software, Inc.||Warren, NJ||Jul 21, 2014||$100,000|
|Microstrategy Report Developer||Genesis Corp||New York, NY||Apr 16, 2015||$100,000|
|BI Microstrategy Developer||Pepperidge Farm, Inc.||Norwalk, CT||Mar 25, 2013||$99,278 -
|SR. Microstrategy Developer||Pantar Solutions Inc.||Los Angeles, CA||Feb 11, 2015||$84,800|
|SR. Microstrategy Developer||Pantar Solutions Inc.||Los Angeles, CA||Jan 19, 2015||$84,800|
|Microstrategy Developer (SAP System Analyst)||Hyundai Information Service North America LLC||Irvine, CA||Feb 04, 2013||$84,000|
|Microstrategy Developer||Ozelmas Corporation||Vienna, VA||Sep 02, 2015||$83,480|
|Microstrategy Developer I||Chili Corporate Solutions Inc.||Austin, TX||Jul 01, 2015||$82,500 -
|Microstrategy Developer||HCL Global Systems Inc.||Addison, TX||May 19, 2016||$82,228|
|Microstrategy Report Developer||Openx Technologies, Inc.||Pasadena, CA||Oct 12, 2015||$81,984 -
|Microstrategy Developer||Orbitz Worldwide, LLC||Chicago, IL||Mar 31, 2014||$81,840 -
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