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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 Manager, Development Engineering||Philips Lumileds Lighting||San Jose, CA||Mar 04, 2015||$178,443|
|SR. Staff Development Engineer||Lumileds Lighting LLC||San Jose, CA||Sep 18, 2015||$178,000|
|Senior Pump Development Engineer||Lintel, Inc.||Santa Ana, CA||Apr 22, 2015||$172,848|
|Senior Staff Development Engineer||Philips Lumileds Lighting||San Jose, CA||Nov 20, 2015||$165,000|
|Senior Staff Development Engineer||Philips Lumileds Lighting||San Jose, CA||May 15, 2015||$165,000|
|SR. Strategic Development Engineer||The Realreal, Inc.||San Francisco, CA||Oct 09, 2016||$165,000|
|Senior Cloud Development Engineer||Adobe Systems Incorporated||San Jose, CA||May 14, 2015||$155,000|
|Senior Development Engineer||MSC.Software Corporation||Newport Beach, CA||Sep 04, 2015||$155,000|
|Senior UI Development Engineer||Adobe Systems Incorporated||San Jose, CA||Apr 11, 2015||$152,776|
|Senior Algorithm ASR Development Engineer||Knowles Electronics, LLC.||Mountain View, CA||Jun 15, 2016||$152,131|
|SR. Tools Development Engineer||Nvidia Corporation||Santa Clara, CA||Sep 12, 2015||$150,000 -
|Senior Firmware/Fpga Development Engineer||Cpacket Networks, Inc.||Mountain View, CA||Jan 25, 2016||$144,000|
|Senior Staff Development Engineer||Philips Lumileds Lighting||San Jose, CA||Mar 04, 2015||$142,667|
|Senior Tools Development Engineer||Nvidia Corporation||Santa Clara, CA||Oct 24, 2016||$140,000|
|Senior Staff Development Engineer||Lumileds Lighting LLC||San Jose, CA||Jul 13, 2015||$115,203|
|Senior Development Engineer||Amphenol TCS||Nashua, NH||Aug 11, 2015||$115,000|
|Senior Development Engineer||University of Massachusetts Medical School||Worcester, MA||Mar 28, 2016||$115,000|
|Senior Development Engineer||Coherent, Inc.||Santa Clara, CA||Nov 07, 2016||$115,000|
|Senior CFD Development Engineer||Altair Engineering, Inc.||Mountain View, CA||Aug 10, 2015||$115,000|
|Senior CFD Development Engineer||Altair Engineering, Inc.||Sunnyvale, CA||Aug 08, 2016||$115,000|
|Senior Development Engineer||Covidien LP||Boulder, CO||Sep 16, 2015||$114,816|
|Senior Development Engineer||Bioinfo Systems LLC||Philadelphia, PA||Jun 18, 2015||$114,785|
|SR. Development Engineer||Language Testing International, Inc.||White Plains, NY||Mar 28, 2016||$100,000|
|SR. Development Engineer||Language Testing International, Inc.||White Plains, NY||Oct 01, 2015||$100,000|
|Senior Development Engineer||Outset Medical, Inc.||San Jose, CA||Jun 22, 2015||$100,000|
|Senior Rearch & Development Engineer||Staar Surgical Company||Monrovia, CA||Mar 28, 2016||$100,000 -
|SR. Development Engineer||Workday, Inc.||Pleasanton, CA||May 27, 2015||$99,798|
|Senior Development Engineer||Recurrent Energy Development Holdings, LLC.||San Francisco, CA||Jun 24, 2015||$99,000|
|Senior Development Engineer||HGST, Inc.||San Jose, CA||Aug 31, 2015||$99,000 -
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