Software developers usually have a bachelor’s degree in computer science and strong computer programming skills.
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.
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.
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.
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|
|Principal Software Engineer||Twitter, Inc.||New York, NY||Jan 01, 2016||$265,000|
|Principal Software Engineer||Microsoft Corporation||Redmond, WA||Nov 10, 2016||$231,000|
|Principal MTS, Software Engineer||Paypal, Inc.||San Jose, CA||Mar 12, 2015||$220,474|
|Principal Software Engineer||ETSY, Inc.||New York, NY||Jun 15, 2016||$215,000|
|Principal Software Engineer||VEVO LLC||San Francisco, CA||Nov 21, 2016||$215,000|
|Principal Software Engineer||Microsoft Corporation||Redmond, WA||Jul 19, 2016||$213,675|
|Principal Software Engineer||Microsoft Corporation||Redmond, WA||Oct 31, 2016||$213,675 -
|Principal Software Engineer||Microsoft Corporation||Sunnyvale, CA||Feb 23, 2015||$211,595|
|Principal Software Engineer||Qualcomm Atheros, Inc.||San Jose, CA||Nov 19, 2015||$210,662|
|SR. Principal Software Engineer Handset||Asurion LLC||San Mateo, CA||Sep 03, 2015||$200,000|
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