Most software developers list "java," "python," and "c++" as skills on their resumes. We go into more details on the most important software developer responsibilities here:
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After discovering the most helpful skills, we moved onto what kind of education might be helpful in becoming a software developer. We found that 71.6% of software developers have graduated with a bachelor's degree and 19.5% of people in this position have earned their master's degrees. While most software developers have a college degree, you may find it's also true that generally it's impossible to be successful in this career with only a high school degree. In fact, our research shows that one out of every nine software developers were not college graduates.
Those software developers who do attend college, typically earn either computer science degrees or computer engineering degrees. Less commonly earned degrees for software developers include electrical engineering degrees or information technology degrees.
Once you've obtained the level of education you're comfortable with, you might start applying to companies to become a software developer. We've found that most software developer resumes include experience from Oracle, General Dynamics, and General Dynamics Mission Systems. Of recent, Oracle had 3,219 positions open for software developers. Meanwhile, there are 722 job openings at General Dynamics and 598 at General Dynamics Mission Systems.
But if you're interested in companies where you might earn a high salary, software developers tend to earn the biggest salaries at The Citadel, Meta, and Nuxeo. Take The Citadel for example. The median software developer salary is $146,422. At Meta, software developers earn an average of $142,376, while the average at Nuxeo is $137,336. You should take into consideration how difficult it might be to secure a job with one of these companies.
View more details on software developer salaries across the United States.
Some other companies you might be interested in as a software developer include IBM, Lockheed Martin, and Cisco. These three companies were found to hire the most software developers from the top 100 U.S. educational institutions.
In general, software developers fulfill roles in the technology and professional industries. While employment numbers are high in those industries, the software developer annual salary is the highest in the finance industry with $96,138 as the average salary. Meanwhile, the technology and professional industries pay $93,297 and $89,302 respectively. This means that software developers who are employed in the finance industry make 8.3% more than software developers who work in the telecommunication Industry.