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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 Consulting Engineer||Stantec Consulting Services Inc.||Tempe, AZ||Jul 27, 2015||$208,853|
|Senior Consulting Engineer||Attivio, Inc.||Newton, MA||Jul 08, 2013||$180,000|
|Senior Consulting Engineer||Attivio, Inc.||Newton, MA||May 28, 2013||$180,000|
|Senior Consulting Engineer||Mongodb, Inc.||New York, NY||Sep 06, 2016||$175,000 -
|Senior Consulting Engineer||Cognex Corporation||San Diego, CA||Nov 18, 2016||$164,999|
|Senior Consultant-Engineering||Terra Global Services LLC||Atlanta, GA||Mar 10, 2014||$156,525 -
|Senior Consultant-Engineering||Terra Global Services LLC||Atlanta, GA||Mar 03, 2014||$156,525 -
|Senior Consultant-Engineering||Terra Global Services LLC||Atlanta, GA||Oct 03, 2014||$156,525 -
|Senior Watson Consulting Engineer||IBM Corporation||Costa Mesa, CA||Sep 30, 2015||$150,000|
|Senior Watson Consulting Engineer||IBM Corporation||Costa Mesa, CA||Oct 01, 2015||$150,000|
|Senior Watson Consulting Engineer||IBM Corporation||Costa Mesa, CA||Dec 10, 2015||$150,000|
|Senior Watson Consulting Engineer||IBM Corporation||Costa Mesa, CA||Oct 22, 2015||$150,000|
|SR. Consulting Engineer||Broadsoft, Inc.||Gaithersburg, MD||Aug 24, 2015||$142,000|
|Senior Consulting Engineer||Mavenspire Inc.||Annapolis, MD||May 22, 2013||$120,000|
|Senior Consulting Engineer||Alcatel Lucent USA, Inc.||Mountain View, CA||Jan 13, 2015||$120,000 -
|Senior Consulting Engineer||Mavenspire Inc.||Annapolis, MD||May 14, 2013||$120,000|
|VP, Senior Lead Consultant-Tech APP Engineer||Bank of America||Agoura Hills, CA||Mar 02, 2015||$119,959|
|Associate Senior Consultant Engineer||Eli Lilly and Company||Indianapolis, IN||Aug 31, 2016||$116,532|
|Senior Consultant Engineer||Eli Lilly and Company||Indianapolis, IN||Aug 01, 2014||$115,075|
|Senior Consulting Engineer-Wireless||CDW Technologies, Inc.||Centreville, VA||Feb 24, 2014||$115,000|
|Senior Consulting Engineer||Opnet (Now Riverbed Technology)||Bethesda, MD||Apr 04, 2013||$104,644|
|Senior Consultant Engineer, Oil and Gas||Process Systems Enterprise Inc.||Houston, TX||Sep 18, 2015||$103,043|
|Senior Consulting Engineer||Itron, Inc.||San Diego, CA||Oct 02, 2015||$100,535|
|Associate Senior Consultant Engineer||Eli Lilly and Company||Indianapolis, IN||Jul 05, 2013||$100,008|
|Associate Senior Consultant Engineer||Eli Lilly and Company||Indianapolis, IN||Aug 30, 2013||$100,008|
|Associate Senior Consultant Engineer||Eli Lilly and Company||Indianapolis, IN||Jul 24, 2014||$100,008|
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