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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|
|APP Programmer/Developer||Ciber, Inc.||Richardson, TX||Sep 15, 2015||$156,000|
|Senior Mobile Apps Developer (IOS or Android)||Best Buy Co., Inc.||Seattle, WA||Oct 26, 2015||$140,000|
|Full Stack Mobile Apps Engineer||Paypal, Inc.||San Jose, CA||Dec 12, 2016||$135,000|
|Mobile Apps Developer (IOS or Android)||Best Buy Co., Inc.||Seattle, WA||Jun 07, 2016||$131,200|
|APP Programmer/Developer||Ciber, Inc.||Washington, DC||Jul 04, 2016||$131,040|
|Senior Mobile APP Developer||Code and Theory LLC||New York, NY||Jan 02, 2016||$130,000|
|Mobile Apps Developer (IOS or Android)||Best Buy Enterprise Services, Inc.||Seattle, WA||Aug 01, 2015||$128,000|
|APP Programmer/Developer||Ciber, Inc.||Durham, NC||Aug 29, 2016||$123,780|
|APP Programmer/Developer||Ciber, Inc.||Durham, NC||Aug 22, 2016||$123,780|
|APP Programmer/Developer||Ciber, Inc.||Dearborn, MI||Jul 09, 2016||$115,999|
|ERP APP Programmer/Developer||Ciber, Inc.||Bethlehem, PA||Mar 10, 2016||$115,874|
|ERP APP Programmer/Developer||Ciber, Inc.||Orlando, FL||Jun 27, 2016||$115,000 -
|APP Programmer/Developer||Ciber, Inc.||Allen Park, MI||Jan 11, 2016||$111,779|
|APP Programmer/Developer||Ciber, Inc.||Dearborn, MI||Mar 09, 2016||$90,209|
|APP Programmer/Developer||Ciber, Inc.||Dearborn, MI||Sep 03, 2016||$90,209|
|Team Lead-Mobile APP Development||Compusystems, Inc.||Broadview, IL||Aug 20, 2016||$90,025|
|Mobile Apps Architect||Appstek Inc.||Austin, TX||Jan 05, 2015||$90,000|
|Mobile Apps Architect||Appstek Inc.||Austin, TX||Oct 16, 2015||$90,000|
|APP Programmer/Developer||Ciber, Inc.||Durham, NC||Jun 20, 2016||$90,000|
|Associate Mobile APP Developer||Sandisk Corporation||Milpitas, CA||Sep 13, 2015||$90,000|
|APP Programmer/Developer||Ciber, Inc.||Dearborn, MI||Aug 08, 2016||$89,741|
|APP Programmer/Developer||Ciber, Inc.||Dearborn, MI||Aug 10, 2015||$79,911|
|APP Developer||Ciber, Inc.||Dearborn, MI||Jul 09, 2016||$78,332|
|Software Engineer/Mobile APP Developer||HRB Professional Resources LLC||Kansas City, MO||Feb 24, 2016||$76,023|
|Software Engineer/Mobile APP Developer||HRB Professional Resources LLC||Kansas City, MO||Apr 22, 2016||$76,023|
|APP Programmer/Developer||Ciber, Inc.||Dearborn, MI||Jul 27, 2015||$75,445|
|APP Programmer/Developer||Ciber, Inc.||Dearborn, MI||Jun 08, 2016||$75,445|
|APP Programmer/Developer||Ciber, Inc.||Baton Rouge, LA||Jul 25, 2015||$75,000|
|Apps Programmer II/Developer II||Altegra Health Operating Company||Chicago, IL||Nov 09, 2016||$74,180|
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