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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|
|Software Development Senior Principal Engineer||Dell Products L.P.||Santa Clara, CA||Aug 05, 2015||$194,250|
|Network Development SR. Principal Engineer||Dell Products L.P.||Santa Clara, CA||Nov 30, 2015||$187,232|
|SR. Principal Engineer||Fortinet, Inc.||Sunnyvale, CA||Oct 23, 2015||$182,000|
|Senior Principal Engineer||VIMO, Inc.||Mountain View, CA||Aug 24, 2015||$180,000|
|Senior Principal Engineer||Raytheon Company||Tewksbury, MA||Mar 05, 2016||$180,000|
|SR. Principal Engineer||Autodesk, Inc.||San Francisco, CA||Dec 30, 2016||$169,800|
|SR. Principal Engineer||Parker Hannifin Corporation||Irvine, CA||Sep 17, 2016||$168,615|
|Engineer, SR. Principal||Qlogic Corporation||Mountain View, CA||Sep 20, 2016||$165,006|
|Senior Principal Engineer-Regulatory Affairs||Hughes Network Systems LLC||Germantown, MD||May 09, 2016||$165,000|
|Senior Principal Engineer, Asic||Clariphy Communications, Inc.||Irvine, CA||Jan 09, 2016||$165,000|
|Senior Principal Engineer-Architecture||Rambus Inc.||Sunnyvale, CA||Jul 09, 2016||$165,000 -
|SR. Principal Engineer||Mangstor Inc.||San Jose, CA||Aug 25, 2016||$160,000|
|Senior Principal Engineer||Gulf Interstate Engineering Company||Houston, TX||Sep 22, 2015||$158,080|
|Senior Principal Engineer||Western Digital Technologies, Inc.||Mountain View, CA||May 26, 2016||$156,000|
|Senior Principal Engineer, BIW||Faraday&Future Inc.||Gardena, CA||Oct 01, 2016||$135,000|
|Senior Principal Engineer||Anokiwave, Inc.||San Diego, CA||Jul 11, 2015||$135,000 -
|Senior Principal Engineer, BIW||Faraday&Future Inc.||Gardena, CA||Apr 07, 2016||$135,000|
|Senior Principal Engineer, BIW||Faraday&Future Inc.||Gardena, CA||Jan 10, 2016||$135,000|
|Senior Principal, Market Segmentation||Ca Inc.||New York, NY||Sep 30, 2016||$134,895|
|Senior Principal, Market Segmentation||Ca, Inc.||New York, NY||Aug 03, 2016||$134,895|
|Senior Principal, Market Segmentation||Ca, Inc.||New York, NY||Sep 30, 2016||$134,895|
|Senior Principal Engineer||Baxalta Us Inc.||Thousand Oaks, CA||Jul 01, 2015||$134,722|
|Senior Principal Engineer||Hughes Systique Private Limited||Rockville, MD||Jun 05, 2016||$121,701|
|Senior Principal||Inspirage LLC||Bellevue, WA||Sep 09, 2015||$121,000|
|Senior Principal||Inspirage LLC||Bellevue, WA||Jul 31, 2015||$121,000|
|Senior Principal||Inspirage LLC||Bellevue, WA||Jul 13, 2015||$121,000|
|Senior Principal||Inspirage LLC||Bellevue, WA||Jun 29, 2015||$121,000|
|Senior Principal||Inspirage LLC||Bellevue, WA||Feb 27, 2015||$121,000|
|Senior Principal Engineer||Western Digital Technologies, Inc.||San Jose, CA||Jan 06, 2016||$120,400 -
|Senior Principal Engineer||Teksystems Global Services LLC||Roanoke, VA||Jan 06, 2015||$120,000|
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