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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 Analyst/Mobile Game Development||Perfect World Entertainment Inc.||Redwood City, CA||Feb 09, 2016||$171,243|
|Senior Mobile Embedded Developer||Research In Motion Corporation||Redwood City, CA||Apr 20, 2013||$168,000|
|Senior Mobile Embedded Developer||Blackberry Corporation||Redwood City, CA||Sep 11, 2015||$168,000|
|Senior Mobile Developer, IOS||Zillow, Inc.||San Francisco, CA||Oct 13, 2016||$156,530 -
|Senior Mobile Developer||Infostretch Corporation||Santa Clara, CA||Aug 10, 2015||$152,776|
|Senior Mobile Developer||Eatwith Media, Inc.||San Francisco, CA||Sep 07, 2014||$150,000|
|Senior Mobile Developer IOS||Trulia Inc.||San Francisco, CA||Oct 01, 2015||$142,427|
|Senior Mobile Developer||Atlassian, Inc.||Palo Alto, CA||Apr 25, 2016||$140,675 -
|SR. Mobile Game Developer||NPNF, Inc.||San Francisco, CA||Feb 15, 2015||$140,000|
|Senior Mobile Development Operations Engineer||Kohl's Department Stores, Inc.||Milpitas, CA||Nov 03, 2014||$140,000|
|Senior Mobile Developer||Navera, Inc.||San Francisco, CA||Mar 24, 2016||$140,000|
|Senior Mobile Developer||Navera, Inc.||San Francisco, CA||Mar 21, 2016||$140,000|
|Senior Mobile Developer||Lathe, Inc.||New York, NY||Dec 15, 2014||$140,000|
|SR. Mobile Developer||Pearson Education, Inc.||Hoboken, NJ||Apr 28, 2015||$129,355|
|Senior Mobile Developer||Teksystems, Inc.||Cincinnati, OH||Apr 03, 2015||$125,220|
|SR. Mobile Developer||Pearson Education, Inc.||New York, NY||Oct 10, 2013||$123,739 -
|Senior Mobile Developer||Aetherpal Inc.||South Plainfield, NJ||Jan 12, 2015||$120,000|
|Tax Advisory Senior-Human Capital (HC)-Mobility (Multiple Positions)||Ernst & Young U.S. LLP||New York, NY||Dec 14, 2016||$117,437|
|Senior Mobile Development Engineer||AYLA Networks, Inc.||Sunnyvale, CA||Nov 05, 2014||$115,000|
|Senior Mobile Developer||Acuant Inc.||Los Angeles, CA||Nov 04, 2016||$115,000|
|Senior Mobile Developer||Costar Realty Information, Inc.||Los Angeles, CA||Jan 05, 2015||$115,000 -
|Senior Cross Platform Mobile Developer||Solstice Consulting LLC||Chicago, IL||Sep 13, 2016||$97,000|
|Senior Mobile Developer||Esurance Insurance Services, Inc.||San Francisco, CA||Nov 07, 2016||$96,866 -
|Senior Cloud/Mobile Developer||IBM Corporation||Durham, NC||Jan 08, 2016||$95,014 -
|Senior Android Mobile Developer||Citease Inc.||New York, NY||Sep 25, 2013||$95,000|
|Senior Mobile Developer||Super Technology Solutions Inc.||Islandia, NY||Mar 31, 2016||$93,915|
|Senior Mobile Developer||Super Technologies Solutions Inc.||Islandia, NY||Mar 31, 2016||$93,915|
|Senior Mobile Games Developer||Mir Partners Inc.||San Francisco, CA||Jun 30, 2015||$93,267 -
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