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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 Web UI Engineer||Netflix, Inc.||Los Gatos, CA||Dec 15, 2014||$265,000|
|Senior Web UI Engineer||Netflix||Los Gatos, CA||Dec 02, 2016||$265,000|
|Senior Web UI Engineer||Netflix, Inc.||Los Gatos, CA||Sep 09, 2013||$215,000|
|SR. Manager, Web Engineering||Shutterfly, Inc.||New York, NY||Nov 24, 2014||$184,800|
|SR. Manager, Web Engineering||Penguin Digital, Inc.||New York, NY||Nov 13, 2014||$184,800|
|SR. Manager, Web Engineering||Shutterfly, Inc.||New York, NY||Nov 07, 2014||$184,800|
|Senior Web UI Engineer/Architect||Netflix, Inc.||Los Gatos, CA||Jan 20, 2015||$170,000|
|Senior Web Engineer||Shutterfly, Inc.||Santa Clara, CA||Sep 25, 2015||$152,776|
|Senior Manager, Web Engineering||Shutterfly, Inc.||Sunnyvale, CA||Apr 12, 2014||$150,380|
|Senior Manager, Web Engineering||Shutterfly, Inc.||Sunnyvale, CA||Dec 04, 2014||$150,380|
|Senior Web UI Engineer||Sumo Logic, Inc.||Redwood City, CA||Aug 15, 2014||$150,000|
|Senior Web Engineer 2||Shutterfly, Inc.||Santa Clara, CA||Sep 27, 2016||$150,000|
|Senior Web Engineer, Payment Processing||Seatgeek, Inc.||New York, NY||Jul 06, 2016||$150,000|
|SR. Web Engineer||Shutterfly, Inc.||Redwood City, CA||Oct 20, 2015||$131,000|
|Senior Web/Ui Engineer||Fireeye, Inc.||New York, NY||Jan 09, 2016||$130,666 -
|Senior Web Engineer||Shutterfly, Inc.||Redwood City, CA||Oct 02, 2015||$130,000|
|Senior Web Engineer||Western Union LLC||San Francisco, CA||Jun 09, 2016||$130,000|
|SR. Web Engineer||Shutterfly, Inc.||Redwood City, CA||Sep 29, 2014||$129,600|
|Senior Web Engineer||Workday, Inc.||Pleasanton, CA||Mar 28, 2016||$126,630|
|Senior Web Engineer||Life Technologies Corporation||South San Francisco, CA||Dec 01, 2014||$114,400 -
|Senior Web Engineer||The Sherwin-Williams Company||Cleveland, OH||Mar 27, 2014||$114,038|
|Senior Web Engineer||The Sherwin-Williams Company||Cleveland, OH||Aug 08, 2014||$114,038|
|Senior Web Engineer||Poshmark, Inc.||Menlo Park, CA||May 19, 2014||$112,674 -
|Senior Web Engineer||Poshmark, Inc.||Menlo Park, CA||Jun 02, 2014||$112,674 -
|SR. Staff Web Engineer||Inovant LLC||Foster City, CA||Jan 30, 2015||$111,569 -
|Senior Web Engineer||Risk Management Solutions, Inc.||Newark, CA||May 07, 2015||$110,000 -
|Senior Web Engineer||Seatgeek, Inc.||New York, NY||Mar 16, 2015||$110,000 -
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