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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 Software Development Engineer In Test||Netflix, Inc.||Los Gatos, CA||Nov 01, 2015||$250,000|
|Senior Software Development Engineer||Microsoft Corporation||Sunnyvale, CA||Jul 15, 2016||$204,000 -
|Senior Software Development Engineer||Microsoft Corporation||Sunnyvale, CA||Aug 20, 2016||$204,000|
|Lead Senior Software Development Engineer||Governmentjobs.Com, Inc.||El Segundo, CA||Jan 20, 2016||$185,000|
|Lead Senior Software Development Engineer||Governmentjobs.Com, Inc.||El Segundo, CA||Jan 30, 2016||$185,000|
|Senior Software Development Engineer||Nbcuniversal Media LLC||Seattle, WA||Apr 27, 2015||$184,000|
|SR. Staff Software Development Engineer||Samsung Semiconductor, Inc.||San Diego, CA||Aug 26, 2015||$175,000|
|Senior Software Development Engineer||Rainnet Systems, Inc.||Palo Alto, CA||Mar 10, 2016||$175,000|
|Senior Software Development Engineer||Microsoft Corporation||Redmond, WA||Mar 26, 2015||$172,400|
|Senior Research Software Development Engineer||Microsoft Corporation||Mountain View, CA||Jul 01, 2015||$171,000|
|Senior Software Development Engineer||Microsoft Corporation||Mountain View, CA||Jan 06, 2016||$170,346|
|Senior Software Development ENG.*||Microsoft Corporation||Redmond, WA||Jan 28, 2016||$170,130 -
|Senior Research Software Development Engineer||Microsoft Corporation||Mountain View, CA||Jul 07, 2015||$170,000|
|Senior Software Development Engineer||The Trade Desk, Inc.||New York, NY||Sep 26, 2016||$170,000|
|Senior Software Development Engineer||Infinera Corporation||Sunnyvale, CA||Sep 01, 2015||$134,534 -
|Senior Software Development Engineer||Microsoft Corporation||Redmond, WA||Jan 09, 2015||$134,382|
|Senior Software Development Engineer||Microsoft Corporation||Bellevue, WA||Mar 05, 2015||$134,224|
|Senior Software Development Engineer||Microsoft Corporation||Redmond, WA||Aug 02, 2015||$134,072|
|Senior Software Development Engineer In Test||Microsoft Corporation||Issaquah, WA||Nov 01, 2015||$134,017|
|Senior Software Development Engineer||Blastworks Inc.||Seattle, WA||May 12, 2016||$134,000|
|Senior Software Development Engineer||Expedia, Inc.||Bellevue, WA||Jan 08, 2016||$133,806 -
|Senior Software Development Engineer||Expedia, Inc.||Bellevue, WA||Oct 05, 2015||$133,806 -
|Senior Software Developement Engineer||Outerwall Inc.||San Diego, CA||Sep 11, 2015||$115,149 -
|Senior Software Development Engineer||Inovalon, Inc.||Herndon, VA||May 09, 2016||$115,068 -
|Senior Software Development Engineer||Stoneriver, Inc.||Orlando, FL||Sep 08, 2015||$115,000|
|Senior Software Development Engineer||The Rubicon Project, Inc.||San Francisco, CA||Dec 14, 2015||$115,000 -
|SR. Software Development Engineer||Mitchell International Inc.||San Diego, CA||Jun 01, 2015||$115,000|
|Senior Software Development Engineer [Tier 3]||Dow Jones and Company||South Brunswick, NJ||Oct 24, 2016||$115,000|
|Senior Software Development Engineer||IAV Automotive Engineering, Inc.||Northville, MI||Nov 21, 2016||$115,000|
|Senior Software Development Engineer||Citrix Systems, Inc.||Santa Clara, CA||Aug 17, 2016||$115,000 -
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