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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|
|SR. Applications Engineer, Machine Learning||Nokia USA Inc.||Sunnyvale, CA||Oct 21, 2015||$170,000|
|Senior Application Engineer||Ansys, Inc.||San Jose, CA||Feb 05, 2016||$159,370|
|SR Staff Applications Engineer||Dolby Laboratories Licensing Corporation||San Francisco, CA||Apr 09, 2016||$158,692|
|SR. Application Engineer||Beamr Inc.||Palo Alto, CA||Nov 22, 2016||$150,000 -
|Senior Application Engineer||Xtreme Consulting Group, Inc.||Portland, OR||Feb 10, 2015||$150,000 -
|Senior Application Engineer||First Republic Bank||San Francisco, CA||Jun 29, 2015||$150,000|
|Senior Application Engineer (Senior Member Technical Staff)||Montage Technology, Inc.||San Jose, CA||Aug 24, 2016||$150,000|
|Senior Java Application Engineer||Aditi Staffing LLC||Beaverton, OR||Oct 28, 2015||$148,532|
|Senior Applications Engineer||NXP Semiconductors USA, Inc.||San Jose, CA||Dec 11, 2015||$147,000 -
|Senior Application Engineer||NXP Semiconductors USA, Inc.||San Jose, CA||Jun 25, 2015||$147,000 -
|Senior Staff Applications Engineer||Infineon Technologies Americas Corp.||Milpitas, CA||Aug 28, 2016||$146,260|
|Senior Application Engineer||Robert Bosch LLC||Palo Alto, CA||Jan 02, 2016||$146,000|
|Senior Application Engineer||Uber Technologies Inc.||San Francisco, CA||Jun 17, 2016||$145,000|
|SR. Corporate Applications Engineer||Atrenta Inc.||San Jose, CA||Oct 12, 2015||$111,272|
|Senior Applications Engineer||Alphasights Inc.||New York, NY||Apr 28, 2016||$111,114 -
|SR. System Applications Engineer||LSI Corporation, An Avago Technologies Company||San Jose, CA||Sep 16, 2016||$110,988|
|Senior Project Application Engineer||Invensys Systems, Inc.||Houston, TX||Mar 11, 2015||$110,926 -
|SR. Application Engineer||Icscape Inc.||Santa Clara, CA||May 14, 2015||$110,781|
|Senior Applications Engineer||Gilead Sciences, Inc.||Foster City, CA||Feb 25, 2016||$110,732 -
|Senior Application Engineer (C#, .NET, SQL)||Match.Com, LLC||Dallas, TX||Feb 23, 2016||$110,406|
|SR. Applications Engineer||Brookhaven National Laboratory||NY||Aug 31, 2015||$110,361|
|Senior Hardware Application Engineer||Applied Micro Circuits Corporation||Santa Clara, CA||Sep 07, 2016||$99,796|
|Senior Hardware Application Engineer||Applied Micro Circuits Corporation||Santa Clara, CA||Jul 09, 2016||$99,796|
|Senior Applications Engineer||ABB Enterprise Software Inc.||San Jose, CA||May 16, 2016||$99,760 -
|Senior Applications Engineer||Consolidated Metco, Inc.||Vancouver, WA||Sep 17, 2015||$99,559|
|SR. Application Engineer||Delta Products Corporation||Parkton, NC||Oct 28, 2015||$99,445|
|Senior Applications Engineer||Third Wave Systems, Inc.||Eden Prairie, MN||Sep 12, 2015||$99,000|
|Senior Application Engineer||Speech-Soft Solutions, LLC||Plano, TX||Mar 30, 2016||$98,883|
|Senior Application Engineer||LMS North America||Troy, MI||Apr 01, 2015||$98,738|
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