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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|
|Senior Application Architect||Accenture LLP||Atlanta, GA||Jun 27, 2016||$163,700|
|Senior Application Architect||Accenture LLP||Miami, FL||Jun 27, 2016||$163,700|
|Senior Application Architect||Accenture LLP||Alpharetta, GA||Jun 27, 2016||$163,700|
|Senior Application Architect||Western Union, LLC||San Francisco, CA||Jul 06, 2015||$160,000|
|Senior Application Architect||Accenture LLP||Atlanta, GA||Apr 01, 2016||$158,900|
|Senior Application Architect||Accenture LLP||Alpharetta, GA||Apr 01, 2016||$158,900|
|Senior Application Architect||Accenture LLP||Decatur, IL||Feb 19, 2015||$158,900|
|Senior Application Architect||Accenture LLP||Atlanta, GA||Oct 19, 2015||$157,352|
|Senior Integration Application Architect||Toyota Motor Credit Corporation ('TMCC')||Torrance, CA||Apr 04, 2016||$150,000|
|Senior Applications Architect||Twentieth Century Fox Film Corp.||Los Angeles, CA||Feb 17, 2016||$150,000|
|Senior Technical Application Architect/Developer||Torrance Memorial Medical Center||Torrance, CA||Aug 16, 2016||$146,848|
|SR. Applications Architect||SRS Consulting Inc.||Fremont, CA||Jul 30, 2015||$127,000|
|SR. Financial Application Architect||First American Title Insurance Company||Santa Ana, CA||Jul 25, 2016||$126,630 -
|Senior Application Architect||Western Union LLC||Montvale, NJ||May 01, 2016||$126,422 -
|Senior Application Architect||Red||Irvine, CA||Dec 13, 2016||$125,658|
|Senior Developer & Application Architect||Sungard Energy Systems||Houston, TX||Feb 23, 2016||$125,445|
|Senior Application Architect||Walt Disney Parks and Resorts U.S., Inc.||Glendale, CA||Jul 05, 2015||$125,000|
|Senior AX Applications Architect/Consultant||Sis Software LLC||Duluth, GA||Aug 17, 2015||$125,000|
|Senior Applications Architect, Enterprise Solutions||Ricoh USA, Inc.||Malvern, PA||Dec 05, 2016||$122,400|
|Senior Manager, Application Architect||Nexient, LLC||Richfield, MN||Dec 26, 2016||$108,264 -
|Senior Applications Architect||Sodexo, Inc.||Williamsville, NY||Feb 17, 2016||$108,000 -
|Senior Application Architect||Synechron, Inc.||Addison, TX||May 08, 2015||$107,000|
|SR. Application Architect||U.S. Bank National Association||Richfield, MN||Dec 30, 2015||$106,954 -
|Senior Application Architect||M2 Resources Inc.||Voorhees, NJ||Nov 24, 2015||$105,000|
|Senior Applications Architect||Sodexo, Inc.||Williamsville, NY||Dec 27, 2016||$105,000 -
|Senior Enterprise Applications Architect||Nana Development Corporation||Anchorage, AK||May 09, 2016||$105,000 -
|SR. Application Architect-Oracle Retail||IBM India Private Limited||Irving, TX||Jan 02, 2016||$104,041|
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