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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 Latino7.2%
Black or African American1.0%
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Wayne State University9.5%
University of Phoenix8.6%
University of Massachusetts - Lowell7.6%
Lawrence Technological University7.6%
Michigan Technological University6.7%
University of Massachusetts - Boston4.8%
Michigan State University4.8%
San Jose State University3.8%
University of California - Los Angeles3.8%
California State University - Long Beach3.8%
Western Michigan University3.8%
North Carolina State University2.9%
University of Michigan - Ann Arbor2.9%
Framingham State University2.9%
University of Detroit Mercy2.9%
University of Toledo2.9%
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|Job Title||Company||Location||Start Date||Salary|
|MTS 1, Config/Release Engineer||EBAY Inc.||San Jose, CA||Apr 18, 2016||$170,000|
|Mobile Release Engineer||Groupon, Inc.||Palo Alto, CA||Oct 31, 2016||$170,000 -
|Principal Release Engineer||Robin Systems, Inc.||Milpitas, CA||Dec 28, 2015||$164,382 -
|MTS 1, Config/Release Engineer||EBAY Inc.||San Jose, CA||Jun 08, 2015||$160,000|
|Release Engineer||Google Inc.||Mountain View, CA||Jun 15, 2016||$160,000|
|Release Engineer||Google Inc.||Mountain View, CA||Dec 05, 2016||$160,000|
|Manager, Release Engineering||MacYs.Com, Inc.||San Francisco, CA||Mar 04, 2015||$158,371|
|Software Release Engineer||Accedo Broadband North America, Inc.||Palo Alto, CA||Dec 24, 2015||$153,000|
|Lead Release Engineer||Salesforce.Com, Inc.||San Francisco, CA||Sep 09, 2015||$146,000|
|Release Engineer, Kernel||Facebook, Inc.||Menlo Park, CA||Jul 12, 2015||$145,000 -
|Release Engineer, Kernel||Facebook, Inc.||Menlo Park, CA||Aug 17, 2015||$145,000|
|Config/Release ENG||Apple Inc.||Cupertino, CA||May 13, 2016||$142,376 -
|Tech Lead-Release Engineering||Altisource Solutions Inc.||Plano, TX||Jul 02, 2015||$140,400|
|Test/Release Engineer||Altiscale, Inc.||Palo Alto, CA||Feb 02, 2015||$111,634 -
|Release Engineer||Google Inc.||Mountain View, CA||Jan 05, 2015||$111,500|
|Configuration/Release Engineer||IAC Search & Media, Inc.||Oakland, CA||Dec 14, 2015||$110,000 -
|Resident Release Engineer||ESG Automotive, Inc.||Dearborn, MI||Sep 14, 2015||$110,000|
|Release Engineer||Bayone Solutions Inc.||Santa Ana, CA||Sep 17, 2015||$110,000|
|Release Engineer||Salesforce.Com, Inc.||Tampa, FL||Jan 19, 2015||$110,000|
|Devops Release Engineer||Jpmorgan Chase & Co.||Columbus, OH||Jun 29, 2015||$110,000|
|Release Engineer||Rivermeadow Software, Inc.||San Jose, CA||Jan 05, 2015||$110,000|
|Lead Release Engineer||Openet Telecom Inc.||Reston, VA||Apr 13, 2015||$86,000 -
|Software Release Engineer||Ifactor Consulting, Inc.||Tempe, AZ||Aug 25, 2016||$85,000|
|Configuration Release Engineer||Axcelis Technologies, Inc.||Beverly, MA||Aug 27, 2016||$85,000|
|Release Engineer 1-Web Operations||Best Buy Enterprise Services, Inc.||Richfield, MN||Jan 05, 2015||$85,000|
|Release Engineer||Credit Karma, Inc.||San Francisco, CA||Sep 30, 2015||$85,000 -
|Release Engineer||The Mathworks, Inc.||Natick, MA||Aug 19, 2016||$85,000|
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