We calculated that 9% of Software Developers are proficient in Python, Procedures, and C++. They’re also known for soft skills such as Analytical skills, Communication skills, and Creativity.
We break down the percentage of Software Developers that have these skills listed on their resume here:
See the full list of software developer skills.
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 General Dynamics, Oracle, and Robert Half International. Of recent, General Dynamics had 200 positions open for software developers. Meanwhile, there are 150 job openings at Oracle and 74 at Robert Half International.
But if you're interested in companies where you might earn a high salary, software developers tend to earn the biggest salaries at Agilent Technologies, Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom, and VMware. Take Agilent Technologies for example. The median software developer salary is $121,835. At Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom, software developers earn an average of $120,250, while the average at VMware is $119,509. 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 Systems. These three companies were found to hire the most software developers from the top 100 U.S. educational institutions.