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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 Latino5.2%
Black or African American1.6%
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University of Nevada - Las Vegas30.0%
More Tech Institute13.0%
Fairleigh Dickinson University6.0%
Pace University - New York5.0%
Governors State University4.0%
San Jose State University3.0%
Texas State University3.0%
Silicon Valley University3.0%
University of Houston3.0%
University of Phoenix3.0%
Illinois Institute of Technology3.0%
Texas A&M University3.0%
University of Utah3.0%
Kent State University3.0%
Southern New Hampshire University3.0%
California State University - Los Angeles2.0%
Missouri University of Science and Technology2.0%
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|Job Title||Company||Location||Start Date||Salary|
|Salesforce Developer||Access Technology Solutions Inc.||Washington, DC||Jul 09, 2016||$208,000|
|Lead Salesforce Developer||Fireeye, Inc.||Milpitas, CA||Jun 29, 2016||$165,000 -
|Principal Salesforce Developer||Lendingclub Corporation||San Francisco, CA||Apr 25, 2016||$165,000|
|SR. Salesforce.Com Developer||Aerohive Networks Inc.||Sunnyvale, CA||Jun 15, 2016||$164,382|
|Salesforce Developer, Merchant OS||Groupon, Inc.||San Francisco, CA||Dec 13, 2015||$153,000 -
|SR. Salesforce Developer||Move, Inc.||Santa Clara, CA||Mar 21, 2016||$150,000|
|Senior Salesforce Developer||Pandora Media, Inc.||Oakland, CA||Nov 16, 2015||$145,000|
|SR. Salesforce Developer||Constant Contact, Inc.||Waltham, MA||Dec 12, 2016||$145,000|
|Salesforce Developer||Ciber, Inc.||Washington, DC||Feb 11, 2015||$145,000|
|Senior Salesforce Developer||Lendingclub Corporation||San Francisco, CA||Mar 09, 2015||$145,000|
|Senior Salesforce Developer||Lendingclub Corporation||San Francisco, CA||Sep 03, 2015||$145,000|
|Salesforce Developer||Docusign, Inc.||San Francisco, CA||Jan 24, 2016||$145,000|
|Salesforce Developer||Ciber, Inc.||Washington, DC||Nov 02, 2015||$145,000|
|SR Salesforce Developer||Move, Inc.||Santa Clara, CA||Jul 20, 2016||$145,000|
|Senior Salesforce Developer||JSMN International Inc.||Phoenix, AZ||Sep 28, 2015||$105,600|
|Senior Salesforce Developer||Intralinks, Inc.||Waltham, MA||Nov 28, 2016||$105,500 -
|Senior Salesforce Developer||JSSI Management Enterprises LLC||Chicago, IL||Feb 09, 2016||$105,102 -
|Senior Salesforce Developer||Savi Technologies, Inc.||Lawrenceville, GA||Jun 01, 2016||$105,000|
|Salesforce Developer||Appfolio, Inc.||Goleta, CA||Apr 27, 2015||$105,000|
|Salesforce Developer||OKTA, Inc.||San Francisco, CA||Jul 28, 2015||$105,000 -
|Senior Salesforce Developer||Aegerion Pharmaceuticals, Inc.||Cambridge, MA||Mar 16, 2015||$105,000 -
|Salesforce Developer||Collaborate Solutions Inc.||Shrewsbury, MA||Jun 04, 2015||$84,781|
|Salesforce.Com Developer||The Advisory Board Company||Washington, DC||Sep 01, 2015||$84,600|
|Salesforce.Com Marketing Developer||The Advisory Board Company||Washington, DC||Sep 01, 2015||$84,000|
|Salesforce Developer||Global Data Mart, Inc.||South Plainfield, NJ||Nov 05, 2016||$83,741|
|Salesforce Developer||Maganti It Resources, LLC||Westbrook, ME||May 07, 2016||$83,480|
|Salesforce Developer||Access Technology Solutions Inc.||Chicago, IL||Jul 09, 2016||$83,200|
|Salesforce Developer||Amzur Technologies, Inc.||Houston, TX||Jul 25, 2016||$83,013|
|Senior Salesforce Developer||I-Link Solutions Inc.||Washington, DC||Nov 10, 2016||$83,000|
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