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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 Firmware Engineer||Savant Systems, LLC||San Francisco, CA||Jun 10, 2015||$190,000|
|Sr.Staff Firmware Engineer||Sandisk Corporation||Milpitas, CA||Apr 04, 2016||$172,000|
|SR. Staff Firmware Engineer||Sandisk Corporation||Milpitas, CA||Jun 24, 2016||$167,606|
|SR. Staff Firmware Engineer||Sandisk Corporation||Milpitas, CA||Feb 09, 2016||$166,260|
|Senior Firmware Engineer-Advance Controller||Micron Technology, Inc.||Santa Clara, CA||Jan 09, 2016||$165,000|
|SR. Staff Firmware Engineer||Sandisk Corporation||Milpitas, CA||Dec 21, 2015||$165,000|
|Senior Firmware Engineer||Microsoft Corporation||Redmond, WA||Jul 16, 2016||$161,300|
|SR. Staff Firmware Engineer||Sandisk Corporation||Milpitas, CA||Sep 04, 2015||$161,160|
|SR. Staff Firmware Engineer||Sandisk Corporation||Milpitas, CA||Aug 12, 2015||$160,038|
|SR. Staff Firmware Engineer||Sandisk Corporation||Milpitas, CA||Oct 05, 2015||$160,000|
|Senior Firmware Engineer||Aliphcom||San Francisco, CA||May 23, 2016||$160,000|
|Senior Firmware Engineer||Savant Systems, LLC||San Francisco, CA||Aug 14, 2015||$160,000|
|Senior Firmware Engineer||Aliphcom||San Jose, CA||Sep 18, 2016||$160,000|
|Senior Firmware Engineer||Aliphcom||San Francisco, CA||May 24, 2016||$160,000|
|Senior Firmware Engineer||Blue Clover Devices, Inc.||San Francisco, CA||Jul 13, 2016||$138,446|
|Engineer, SR. Staff-Firmware||Broadcom Corporation||Sunnyvale, CA||Nov 17, 2016||$138,403|
|SR. Firmware Engineer||Super Micro Computer, Inc.||San Jose, CA||Oct 01, 2015||$136,346|
|Senior Firmware Engineer||Micro Lambda Wireless Inc.||Fremont, CA||Jan 11, 2016||$135,655|
|SR. Firmware Engineer||Super Micro Computer, Inc.||San Jose, CA||Sep 13, 2015||$134,986|
|Senior Firmware Engineer||Fitbit, Inc.||San Diego, CA||Jul 25, 2016||$134,514|
|Senior Firmware Engineer||Samsung Semiconductor, Inc.||San Jose, CA||Jan 28, 2015||$133,204|
|Engineer, SR. Staff-Firmware||Broadcom Corporation||San Diego, CA||Feb 29, 2016||$132,746|
|Senior Firmware Engineer I||Starkey Laboratories, Inc.||Austin, TX||Aug 25, 2015||$118,747|
|Senior Firmware Engineer I||Starkey Laboratories, Inc.||Austin, TX||Mar 10, 2016||$118,747|
|Senior Firmware Engineer||Samsung Semiconductor, Inc.||San Jose, CA||Jan 28, 2015||$118,257|
|Senior Firmware Engineer||Silver Spring Networks, Inc.||Redwood City, CA||Nov 04, 2016||$117,603 -
|SR. Firmware Engineer||Hitachi Global Storage Technologies||San Diego, CA||Apr 13, 2015||$117,562|
|Senior Firmware Engineer||Sandisk Corporation||Milpitas, CA||Oct 19, 2015||$117,500|
|Senior Firmware Engineer||Sandisk Corporation||Milpitas, CA||Oct 29, 2015||$117,500|
|SR. Firmware Engineer||Sandisk Corporation||Milpitas, CA||Aug 12, 2015||$116,982|
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