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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.
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Hispanic or Latino10.5%
Black or African American0.7%
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University of Phoenix18.7%
Community College of the Air Force5.7%
Pennsylvania State University5.4%
University of Maryland - University College5.1%
University of Houston5.1%
Northern Illinois University5.1%
Central Texas College4.8%
Texas A&M University4.5%
Grand Canyon University4.2%
George Mason University3.9%
University of Connecticut3.6%
San Jose State University3.6%
George Washington University3.3%
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|Job Title||Company||Location||Start Date||Salary|
|Program Senior Lead||Citigroup Technology, Inc.||New York, NY||Aug 02, 2016||$195,000|
|SR. Lead Workload Engineer||Cavium, Inc.||San Jose, CA||Sep 26, 2016||$170,000 -
|Customer Management SR. Manager N.A. Pureplay Beverage Lead||Pepsico, Inc.||NY||Jan 10, 2016||$170,000|
|Senior Leader-Digital Learning and Technology||General Electric Co. (GE Corporate||Ossining, NY||Mar 23, 2016||$169,000 -
|Senior Leader||Ogilvy Public Relations Worldwide Inc.-Feinstein Kean Healthcare||Washington, DC||Oct 01, 2015||$160,000|
|Senior Leader||Ogilvy Public Relations Worldwide Inc.-Feinstein Kean Healthcare||Washington, DC||Jan 10, 2015||$160,000|
|SR. Lead DFT Engineer||Cavium, Inc.||San Jose, CA||Sep 26, 2016||$155,106 -
|Senior Lead Quantitative Modeling||Standard & Poor's Financial Services LLC||New York, NY||Sep 10, 2015||$150,000 -
|Senior Change Lead||VOYA Services Company||Atlanta, GA||Jun 27, 2016||$150,000|
|Senior Solution Lead||The TJX Companies, Inc.||Framingham, MA||Mar 14, 2016||$150,000|
|Senior Data and Analytics Lead||Biogen, Inc.||Cambridge, MA||Sep 20, 2016||$146,000 -
|Senior Accounting Leader||GE Oil and Gas Esp Inc.||Oklahoma City, OK||Sep 02, 2016||$140,000 -
|Senior Lead Service Architect||Akamai Technologies, Inc.||San Francisco, CA||Oct 08, 2016||$118,400 -
|Senior Lead-Projects||Valuemomentum, Inc.||Piscataway, NJ||Apr 20, 2016||$118,000|
|Senior Lead-Domain||Valuemomentum, Inc.||Piscataway, NJ||Aug 03, 2016||$118,000|
|Senior Consulant (Solution Architect Lead)||Capgemini U.S. LLC||Cleveland, OH||Nov 16, 2015||$117,458 -
|Senior Solution Lead||Metricstream, Inc.||Detroit, MI||Jun 17, 2016||$115,000|
|SR. Lead, Data Integration Services||Catalina Marketing Technology Solutions, Inc.||Saint Petersburg, FL||Jan 28, 2015||$115,000|
|SR. Informatica Lead||Concord, USA||Hopkins, MN||Dec 27, 2016||$115,000|
|SR. Java Lead||Squillion Systems, LLC||Portsmouth, NH||Oct 28, 2015||$98,925|
|SR Java Lead||Squillion Systems, LLC||Richfield, MN||Mar 31, 2016||$98,490|
|Senior Systems Lead||General Motors Company||Warren, MI||Jan 20, 2015||$98,000|
|Senior Hyperion Lead||Accretive Health, Inc.||Chicago, IL||Jul 30, 2015||$97,000|
|Senior RF Network Planning and Optimization Lead||Nokia Solutions and Networks Us LLC||Arlington Heights, IL||Aug 01, 2015||$95,971 -
|Senior Lean Leader||Citizens Financial Group, Inc.||Cranston, RI||Aug 18, 2015||$95,064|
|Senior Sourcing Lead||Halliburton Energy Services, Inc.||Houston, TX||Nov 30, 2016||$95,000|
|SR. Lead||Brillio, LLC||Camp Pendleton South, CA||Oct 26, 2016||$95,000|
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