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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|
|Principal System Architecture Engineer||Samsung Semiconductor, Inc.||San Diego, CA||Aug 26, 2015||$205,000|
|Principal Systems Engineer/Manager/QCT Architecture||Qualcomm Technologies Inc.||San Diego, CA||Sep 01, 2015||$192,109 -
|Principal Systems Engineer||Palo Alto Networks, Inc.||Santa Clara, CA||Dec 19, 2016||$186,000|
|Principal Systems Engineer||Collective Media, Inc.||New York, NY||Sep 20, 2015||$185,000|
|Principal Systems Engineer/Chipset Power||Qualcomm Technologies Inc.||San Diego, CA||Apr 27, 2015||$176,946 -
|Principal Systems and Control Engineer||Cameron LNG, LLC||Houston, TX||Sep 05, 2015||$160,000|
|Principal Systems Engineer||Cypress Semiconductor Corporation||San Jose, CA||Jul 19, 2016||$160,000|
|Principal Systems and Control Engineer||Cameron LNG, LLC||Hackberry, LA||Sep 05, 2015||$160,000|
|Principal System Engineer||CSRA, LLC||Baltimore, MD||May 10, 2016||$160,000|
|Senior Principal Systems Engineer||Tintri, Inc.||Mountain View, CA||Aug 30, 2016||$159,370|
|Senior Principal Systems Engineer||Tintri, Inc.||Mountain View, CA||Jan 19, 2016||$159,370|
|Principal Systems Engineer||Cypress Semiconductor Corporation||San Jose, CA||Nov 30, 2015||$157,477 -
|Principal Systems Engineer||A10 Networks, Inc. (Formerly Raksha Networks, Inc.)||San Jose, CA||Mar 24, 2016||$155,000|
|Principal Systems Engineer||The Gap, Inc.||San Francisco, CA||Dec 20, 2015||$138,445 -
|Principal Systems Engineer||Advanced Bionics LLC||Santa Clarita, CA||Sep 19, 2016||$137,700|
|Principal Systems Engineer||F5 Networks, Inc.||Seattle, WA||Sep 20, 2015||$135,719|
|Principal Systems Engineer||EMC Corporation||Bellevue, WA||Jan 08, 2016||$135,366 -
|Application Systems Principal||The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company||Akron, OH||Jun 01, 2016||$133,121 -
|Principal Systems Engineer-Platform Lead .02)||Thales Avionics, Inc.||Irvine, CA||Feb 06, 2016||$132,486|
|Principal Business Systems Engineer||PTC Inc.||Needham, MA||Apr 15, 2016||$131,747|
|Principal Business Systems Engineer||PTC Inc.||Needham, MA||Apr 19, 2016||$131,747|
|Principal Systems Engineer||Arris Solutions, Inc.||Beaverton, OR||Mar 27, 2015||$113,666 -
|Principal Systems Engineer||Arris Enterprises, Inc.||Beaverton, OR||Mar 27, 2015||$113,665 -
|SR. Principal Systems Engineer||Boehringer Ingelheim USA Corporation||Ridgefield, CT||Jan 02, 2015||$113,020 -
|Principal Corporate Systems Engineer||EMC Corporation||Hopkinton, MA||Nov 30, 2016||$112,000 -
|Principal Corporate Systems Engineer||EMC Corporation||Hopkinton, MA||Jun 22, 2016||$112,000 -
|Principal Systems Engineer||Informatica Corporation||Redwood City, CA||Jun 11, 2015||$110,365 -
|Principal Lab Systems Engineer||EMC Corporation||Parkton, NC||Feb 19, 2016||$110,219 -
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