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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|
|SR. Software Engineer/Project Manager||BAHA Industries Corp.||New York, NY||Nov 26, 2014||$195,208 -
|Senior Software Engineering Manager||Salesforce.Com||San Francisco, CA||Nov 14, 2016||$187,000|
|Senior Software Engineering Manager||Comnplus, Inc.||Palo Alto, CA||Jan 08, 2016||$180,000|
|Senior Software Engineer Manager||Microsoft Corporation||Redmond, WA||Jul 15, 2016||$179,825|
|Senior Software Engineering Manager||Microsoft Corporation||Bellevue, WA||Aug 04, 2016||$176,233|
|Senior Software ENG Manager||Microsoft Corporation||Bellevue, WA||Oct 15, 2015||$172,381|
|Senior Software Engineering Manager||Microsoft Corporation||Redmond, WA||Jan 03, 2016||$166,321|
|Senior Software Engineering Manager||Microsoft Corporation||Redmond, WA||Nov 10, 2016||$165,401|
|Senior Software Engineering Manager||Foursquare Labs, Inc.||New York, NY||Aug 23, 2016||$165,000|
|Senior Software Engineering Manager||SK Planet, Inc.||San Francisco, CA||Dec 02, 2013||$165,000|
|SR. Staff Software Engineer/Manager||Qualcomm Atheros, Inc.||San Jose, CA||Sep 26, 2015||$164,195|
|Senior Software Engineer Manager||Microsoft Corporation||Redmond, WA||Sep 30, 2016||$163,945|
|Senior Staff Software Engineer/Manager||Qualcomm Technologies, Inc.||San Jose, CA||Nov 23, 2016||$163,363 -
|Senior Software Engineer Manager||Microsoft Corporation||Redmond, WA||Dec 10, 2016||$156,103|
|Senior Software Engineering Manager||Microsoft Corporation||Redmond, WA||Jun 15, 2016||$154,585|
|Senior Software Engineer Manager||Microsoft Corporation||Redmond, WA||Jan 06, 2016||$154,286|
|Senior Software Engineer Manager||Microsoft Corporation||Redmond, WA||Jan 03, 2016||$154,286|
|Senior Software Engineer Manager||Microsoft Corporation||Redmond, WA||Mar 05, 2016||$152,223|
|Senior Software ENG Manager||Microsoft Corporation||Redmond, WA||Dec 30, 2015||$151,972|
|Senior Software Engineer Manager||Microsoft Corporation||Redmond, WA||Apr 21, 2016||$151,029|
|Senior Software Engineer Manager-Online IPG or Other||Microsoft Corporation||Redmond, WA||Dec 05, 2016||$150,342 -
|SR. Software Engineering MGR. (Distributed Systems/Geospatial Tech.)||Foursquare Labs, Inc.||New York, NY||Sep 27, 2016||$135,000|
|Senior Staff Software Engineer/Manager||Qualcomm Innovation Center Inc.||San Diego, CA||Apr 09, 2015||$132,746 -
|Senior Staff Software Engineer/Manager||Qualcomm Innovation Center Inc.||San Diego, CA||Aug 03, 2015||$132,746 -
|Senior Staff Software Engineer/Manager||Qualcomm Incorporated||Santa Clara, CA||Jul 06, 2010||$132,018 -
|Senior Software Engineering Manager||Dealertrack, Inc.||Burlington, VT||Jun 27, 2016||$130,000|
|Senior Software Engineering Manager||Care.Com, Inc.||Waltham, MA||Jan 26, 2015||$126,500|
|Senior Software Engineering Manager||EPAM Systems, Inc.||Newtown, PA||Jul 25, 2016||$126,339|
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