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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 Latino6.4%
Black or African American1.2%
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Johns Hopkins University9.4%
Wayne State University7.5%
Southern Methodist University5.7%
University of Alabama at Huntsville5.7%
University of Central Florida5.7%
University of California - Los Angeles5.7%
Pennsylvania State University5.7%
George Washington University5.7%
Carnegie Mellon University5.7%
Michigan Technological University3.8%
Washington University in Saint Louis3.8%
University of Phoenix3.8%
Old Dominion University3.8%
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute3.8%
Metropolitan State University3.8%
University of Texas at San Antonio3.8%
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|Job Title||Company||Location||Start Date||Salary|
|Requirements Engineer||SONY Mobile Communications (USA) Inc.||Redwood City, CA||Jun 14, 2013||$125,000 -
|Staff Requirements Engineer||Siemens Healthcare Diagnostics Inc.||Berkeley, CA||Jan 24, 2012||$115,000|
|Senior Requirements Engineer Architect||Polycom, Inc.||Westminster, CO||May 02, 2014||$110,000 -
|Senior Requirements Engineer Architect||Polycom, Inc.||Westminster, CO||May 02, 2011||$107,000 -
|Requirements Engineer||SONY Ericsson Mobile Communications (USA) Inc.||Redwood City, CA||Jun 14, 2010||$104,376 -
|Senior Requirements Engineer||Harman Becker Automotive Systems, Inc.||Farmington Hills, MI||Sep 08, 2014||$97,000|
|Systems Requirements Engineer||Harman Becker Automotive Systems, Inc.||Farmington Hills, MI||Aug 31, 2015||$93,246|
|SR. Requirements Engineer||Robert Bosch Automotive Steering LLC||Plymouth, MI||Aug 29, 2016||$93,000|
|Systems Requirements Engineer||Magna Electronics, Inc.||Auburn Hills, MI||Jun 08, 2015||$90,438|
|Systems Requirements Engineer||TRW Automotive, Inc.||Farmington Hills, MI||Nov 03, 2016||$86,000|
|Requirements Engineer-DAS Camera||TRW Automotive, Inc.||Farmington Hills, MI||Jun 01, 2015||$85,000|
|Systems Requirement Engineer||Cisco Systems, Inc.||Lawrenceville, GA||Aug 12, 2012||$84,178 -
|Systems Requirement Engineer||GSI Commerce Solutions, Inc.||King of Prussia, PA||Apr 23, 2015||$82,983|
|Requirements Engineer||Igate Technologies Inc.||Tarrytown, NY||Oct 22, 2014||$81,000|
|Subsystems and Vehicle Hardware Requirements Engineer||General Motors Company||Warren, MI||Jun 15, 2016||$78,000|
|Requirements Engineer||Nbcuniversal Media, LLC||New York, NY||Sep 01, 2014||$78,000 -
|Applications Requirements Engineer||Satcon Technology Corporation||Boston, MA||Feb 21, 2011||$77,610|
|Systems Requirement Engineer||GSI Commerce Solutions, Inc.||King of Prussia, PA||Apr 23, 2012||$77,063|
|Electrical Requirements Engineer||Populus Group||Southfield, MI||Sep 01, 2014||$75,132|
|Requirements Engineer-HMI||Harman Becker Automotive Systems, Inc.||Farmington Hills, MI||Aug 11, 2014||$75,000|
|Performance Requirements Engineer||Belcan Engineering Group, Inc.||Chillicothe, IL||Jan 15, 2010||$71,800|
|Requirements Engineer-System||Siemens Industry Inc.||Rancho Cucamonga, CA||Dec 15, 2014||$70,000 -
|Systems Requirements Engineer||Populus Group LLC||Warren, MI||Apr 08, 2016||$67,828|
|Systems Requirements Engineer||Populus Group LLC||Warren, MI||Aug 17, 2016||$67,828|
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