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. Interaction Designer||Apple Inc.||Cupertino, CA||Sep 14, 2015||$165,006 -
|Senior Interaction Designer||Meltwater News Us1 Inc.||San Francisco, CA||Sep 26, 2014||$165,000|
|Senior Interaction Designer||Google Inc.||Mountain View, CA||Nov 08, 2016||$150,175|
|Senior Interaction Designer||Microsoft Corporation||Redmond, WA||Jul 16, 2016||$149,300|
|Senior Interaction Designer||Microsoft Corporation||Redmond, WA||Mar 11, 2016||$149,300 -
|Senior Interaction Designer||Vmware, Inc.||Palo Alto, CA||Oct 09, 2016||$147,900|
|SR. Interaction Designer||Google Inc.||New York, NY||May 30, 2016||$145,400|
|UI Engineer, Senior||Samsung Research America, Inc.||Mountain View, CA||Jan 10, 2016||$145,000|
|Senior Interaction Designer||Microsoft Corporation||Redmond, WA||Oct 01, 2013||$140,000|
|Senior Interaction Designer||Intuit Inc.||Menlo Park, CA||Jan 10, 2014||$140,000|
|Senior Interaction Designer||Intuit Inc.||Menlo Park, CA||Oct 01, 2014||$140,000|
|SR. Interaction Design Engineer (Software Engineer||Osisoft, LLC||San Leandro, CA||Oct 01, 2013||$129,000|
|SR. Interaction Design Engineer||Osisoft, LLC||San Leandro, CA||Oct 01, 2013||$129,000|
|Senior Interaction Designer||Vmware, Inc.||Palo Alto, CA||Oct 24, 2011||$125,000|
|Senior Manager, Interactive Design||American Express Travel Related Services Co., Inc.||New York, NY||Jun 01, 2013||$125,000|
|UI Engineer, Senior||Samsung Information Systems America, Inc.||San Jose, CA||Feb 17, 2014||$125,000|
|Senior Interaction Designer||Aptimus, Inc., An Apollo Education Group, Inc. Com||San Francisco, CA||Mar 31, 2014||$123,600|
|Senior Interaction Designer||Aptimus, Inc., An Apollo Education Group, Inc. Com||San Francisco, CA||Apr 10, 2014||$123,600|
|Senior Interaction Designer||Aptimus, Inc., An Apollo Education Group, Inc. Com||San Francisco, CA||Apr 11, 2014||$123,600|
|Senior Interactive Designer||Stubhub, Inc.||San Francisco, CA||Dec 12, 2011||$111,000|
|Senior Interaction Designer||Edifecs, Inc.||Bellevue, WA||Oct 01, 2011||$110,000|
|Senior Interaction Designer||Aptimus||San Francisco, CA||Jul 30, 2015||$110,000 -
|Senior Interaction Designer||The Gap, Inc.||San Francisco, CA||Oct 01, 2014||$110,000 -
|Senior Interaction Designer, Analytics||Salesforce.Com||San Francisco, CA||May 12, 2015||$108,500|
|Senior Interaction Designer||Intuit Inc.||Mountain View, CA||Sep 01, 2015||$106,110 -
|Senior Interaction Designer||Autodesk, Inc.||San Francisco, CA||Mar 15, 2011||$105,622 -
|Senior Interaction Designer||IHS Global Inc.||Houston, TX||Oct 29, 2015||$105,144|
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