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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.
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Hispanic or Latino7.4%
Black or African American0.9%
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University of Texas at Austin6.5%
University of Phoenix6.5%
New York University6.0%
George Mason University6.0%
San Jose State University6.0%
Carnegie Mellon University5.0%
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute5.0%
Johns Hopkins University5.0%
Pennsylvania State University4.5%
University of Florida4.5%
Georgia Institute of Technology -4.5%
Brigham Young University4.0%
Illinois Institute of Technology4.0%
Arizona State University4.0%
University of Southern California4.0%
University of Utah4.0%
Southern Methodist University4.0%
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|Job Title||Company||Location||Start Date||Salary|
|Software Architect||Continuum Analytics, Inc.||New York, NY||Aug 01, 2015||$300,000|
|Software Architect||Continuum Analytics, Inc.||New York, NY||Aug 15, 2015||$300,000|
|Technical Director-Software Architect||Continuum Analytics||New York, NY||Aug 21, 2015||$300,000|
|Software Architect||Lendingclub Corporation||San Francisco, CA||Feb 16, 2016||$250,000|
|Principal Software Architect, Ambulatory Practice Solutions||GE Healthcare IITS USA Corp.||Seattle, WA||Oct 19, 2015||$235,000 -
|Software Architect||Lendingclub Corporation||San Francisco, CA||Aug 02, 2016||$225,000|
|Director, Software Architect||Upwork, Inc.||Mountain View, CA||Feb 09, 2016||$220,000|
|Software Architect||Faraday & Future Inc.||Gardena, CA||Jul 18, 2016||$210,000|
|Software Architect, Database Internals||Salesforce.Com, Inc.||San Francisco, CA||Aug 15, 2015||$210,000|
|Software Architect||Faraday & Future Inc.||Santa Clara, CA||Jul 25, 2016||$210,000|
|Software Architect||Philips Electronics North America Corporation||Foster City, CA||Aug 12, 2015||$203,500|
|Software Architect||Wikia, Inc.||San Francisco, CA||Jan 05, 2015||$200,000|
|Associate Director, Engineering and Software Architect||SONY DADC New Media Solutions, Inc.||Marina del Rey, CA||Jun 22, 2015||$114,837 -
|Manager/Application Software Architect||Capgemini U.S. LLC||Raleigh, NC||Jun 15, 2015||$114,837 -
|Manager/Software Architect Lead||Capgemini U.S. LLC||Burbank, CA||May 18, 2015||$114,837 -
|Manager/Application Software Architect||Capgemini U.S. LLC||Burbank, CA||Jun 15, 2015||$114,837 -
|Manager, Engineering and Software Architect||SONY Music Holdings Inc.||Marina del Rey, CA||Feb 19, 2015||$114,837 -
|Software Architect||Cerner Corporation||North Kansas City, MO||Sep 30, 2016||$114,500|
|Software Architect||Cerner Corporation||North Kansas City, MO||Sep 30, 2016||$114,400|
|Software Architect||Itech Us, Inc.||Millington, MD||Oct 21, 2015||$114,338|
|Software Architect||Tech Mahindra (Americas), Inc.||Boxborough, MA||Aug 25, 2016||$93,517|
|Software Architect||Tech Mahindra (Americas), Inc.||Boxborough, MA||Sep 14, 2016||$93,517|
|Software Architect||Tech Mahindra (Americas), Inc.||Boxborough, MA||Sep 19, 2016||$93,517|
|Software Architect||ACI Worldwide Corp.||NE||Apr 01, 2015||$93,122|
|Architect-Software||SLK America Inc.||Memphis, TN||Jul 28, 2016||$93,019|
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