FIND PERSONALIZED JOBS
Sign up to Zippia and discover your career options with your personalized career search.
×
FIND
PERSONALIZED JOBS

CONTENT HAS
BEEN UNLOCKED
Close this window to view unlocked content
or
find interesting jobs in

Log In

Log In to Save

Sign Up to Save

Sign Up to Dismiss

Sign Up

SIGN UP TO UNLOCK CONTENT

or

The email and password you specified are invalid. Please, try again.

Email and password are mandatory

Forgot Password?

Don't have an account? Sign Up

reset password

Enter your email address and we will send you a link to reset your password.

Back to Log In

Log In

Log In to Save

Sign Up to Save

Sign Up to Dismiss

Sign up to save the job and get personalized job recommendations.

Sign up to dismiss the job and get personalized job recommendations.

or

The email and password you specified are invalid. Please, try again.

Email and password are mandatory

Already have an account? Log in

reset password

Enter your email address and we will send you a link to reset your password.

Back to Log In

Company Saved

Answer a few questions and view jobs at that match your preferences.

Where do you want to work?

Job Saved

See your Saved Jobs now

or

find more interesting jobs in

Job Dismissed

Find better matching jobs in

Become A Software Development Engineer

Where do you want to work?

To get started, tell us where you'd like to work.
Sorry, we can't find that. Please try a different city or state.

Working As A Software Development Engineer

  • Interacting With Computers
  • Thinking Creatively
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems
  • Getting Information
  • Analyzing Data or Information
  • Mostly Sitting

  • $101,296

    Average Salary

What Does A Software Development Engineer Do

Software developers are the creative minds behind computer programs. Some develop the applications that allow people to do specific tasks on a computer or another device. Others develop the underlying systems that run the devices or that control networks.

Duties

Software developers typically do the following:

  • Analyze users’ needs and then design, test, and develop software to meet those needs
  • Recommend software upgrades for customers’ existing programs and systems
  • Design each piece of an application or a system and plan how the pieces will work together
  • Create a variety of models and diagrams (such as flowcharts) that instruct programmers how to write software code
  • Ensure that a program continues to function normally through software maintenance and testing
  • Document every aspect of an application or a system as a reference for future maintenance and upgrades
  • Collaborate with other computer specialists to create optimum software

Software developers are in charge of the entire development process for a software program. They may begin by asking how the customer plans to use the software. They must identify the core functionality that users need from software programs. Software developers must also determine user requirements that are unrelated to the functionality of software, such as the level of security and performance needs. They design the program and then give instructions to programmers, who write computer code and test it.

If the program does not work as expected or if testers find it too difficult to use, software developers go back to the design process to fix the problems or improve the program. After the program is released to the customer, a developer may perform upgrades and maintenance.

Developers usually work closely with computer programmers. However, in some companies, developers write code themselves instead of giving instructions to the programmers.

Developers who supervise a software project from the planning stages through implementation sometimes are called information technology (IT) project managers. These workers monitor the project’s progress to ensure that it meets deadlines, standards, and cost targets. IT project managers who plan and direct an organization’s IT department or IT policies are included in the profile on computer and information systems managers.

The following are examples of types of software developers:

Applications software developers design computer applications, such as word processors and games, for consumers. They may create custom software for a specific customer or commercial software to be sold to the general public. Some applications software developers create complex databases for organizations. They also create programs that people use over the Internet and within a company’s intranet.

Systems software developers create the systems that keep computers functioning properly. These could be operating systems for computers that the general public buys or systems built specifically for an organization. Often, systems software developers also build the system’s interface, which is what allows users to interact with the computer. Systems software developers are creating the operating systems that control most of the consumer electronics in use today, including the systems in phones or cars.

Show More

Show Less

How To Become A Software Development Engineer

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.

Show More

Show Less

Do you work as a Software Development Engineer?

Send To A Friend

Software Development Engineer Videos

Working at Amazon as a Software Development Engineer (SDE)

How to Become a Web Developer or Software Engineer Without Going to College

Day in the Life: Dan, Software Development Engineer (SDE)

Software Development Engineer Jobs

NO RESULTS

Aw snap, no jobs found.

Add To My Jobs

Software Development Engineer Career Paths

Software Development Engineer
Senior Software Development Engineer Senior Software Engineer
Director Of Software Development
12 Yearsyrs
Software Design Engineer Senior Software Engineer Senior Systems Engineer
Manager, Systems Engineering
9 Yearsyrs
Program Manager Information Technology Director Chief Technology Officer
President & Chief Technology Officer
13 Yearsyrs
Information Technology Project Manager Business Development Manager Senior Product Manager
Principal Product Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Senior Software Engineer Program Manager Product Manager
Product Director
11 Yearsyrs
Senior Software Engineer Business Analyst Product Manager
Product Management Director
12 Yearsyrs
Senior Quality Assurance Engineer Quality Assurance Lead Senior Business Analyst
Product Owner
9 Yearsyrs
Senior Quality Assurance Engineer Quality Assurance Manager Senior Project Manager
Senior Delivery Manager
12 Yearsyrs
Information Technology Project Manager Training Manager Development Manager
Senior Development Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Software Development Manager Senior Project Manager Engineering Director
Senior Director Of Engineering
15 Yearsyrs
Program Manager Product Manager Product Management Director
Senior Director, Product Management
14 Yearsyrs
Software Consultant Senior Programmer Analyst Systems Manager
Senior Manager-Systems
11 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Senior Project Manager
Senior Technical Program Manager
12 Yearsyrs
Software Development Manager Project Manager Product Manager
Technical Product Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Project Leader Manager Applications Development Application Development Director
Vice President Of Application Development
11 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Program Manager Engineering Director
Vice President Of Engineering
13 Yearsyrs
Principal Software Engineer Software Engineering Manager Director Of Software Development
Vice President Of Software Engineering
14 Yearsyrs
Principal Software Engineer Software Development Manager Director Of Software Development
Vice President, Software Development
11 Yearsyrs
Show More
Share

Do you work as a Software Development Engineer?

Help others decide if this is a good career for them

Average Length of Employment
Software Engineer 3.0 years
Software Developer 2.6 years
Top Careers Before Software Development Engineer
Internship 4.8%
Programmer 3.4%
Developer 3.4%
Consultant 3.2%
Top Careers After Software Development Engineer
Consultant 3.6%
Developer 2.5%

Do you work as a Software Development Engineer?

Software Development Engineer Demographics

Gender

Male

71.5%

Female

21.8%

Unknown

6.7%
Ethnicity

White

43.9%

Asian

32.1%

Hispanic or Latino

11.1%

Black or African American

7.0%

Unknown

5.9%
Show More
Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

22.0%

French

14.2%

Japanese

11.3%

German

10.6%

Mandarin

6.4%

Chinese

5.7%

Arabic

5.7%

Russian

5.0%

Korean

2.8%

Italian

2.8%

Vietnamese

2.1%

Carrier

2.1%

Persian

2.1%

Hindi

1.4%

Cantonese

1.4%

Hebrew

1.4%

Telugu

0.7%

Dutch

0.7%

Shan

0.7%

Bulgarian

0.7%
Show More

Software Development Engineer Education

Schools

University of Washington

14.3%

University of Texas at Dallas

7.8%

Northeastern University

6.0%

University of Texas at Austin

5.6%

San Jose State University

5.0%

University of Southern California

4.8%

Arizona State University

4.7%

University of Florida

4.7%

Rochester Institute of Technology

4.5%

Texas A&M University

4.3%

Carnegie Mellon University

4.1%

University of Colorado at Boulder

4.1%

More Tech Institute

4.1%

Illinois Institute of Technology

3.9%

George Washington University

3.7%

University of Texas at Arlington

3.7%

State University of New York Buffalo

3.7%

Cornell University

3.7%

Purdue University

3.7%

University of Illinois at Chicago

3.5%
Show More
Majors

Computer Science

42.4%

Computer Engineering

13.7%

Electrical Engineering

11.6%

Business

5.2%

Computer Information Systems

3.6%

Information Technology

3.4%

Computer Applications

2.9%

Engineering

2.4%

Information Systems

2.1%

Mathematics

1.5%

Management Information Systems

1.5%

Mechanical Engineering

1.4%

Electrical Engineering Technology

1.3%

Physics

1.2%

Management

1.2%

Computer Networking

1.1%

Finance

1.1%

Project Management

0.9%

Information Sciences

0.8%

Marketing

0.8%
Show More
Degrees

Masters

42.8%

Bachelors

39.1%

Other

9.7%

Doctorate

3.5%

Certificate

2.1%

Associate

2.1%

Diploma

0.6%

License

0.0%
Show More

Software Development Engineer Videos

Working at Amazon as a Software Development Engineer (SDE)

How to Become a Web Developer or Software Engineer Without Going to College

Day in the Life: Dan, Software Development Engineer (SDE)

Job type you want
Full Time
Part Time
Internship
Temporary

Real Software Development Engineer Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Software Development Engineer Fortinet, Inc. Sunnyvale, CA Oct 01, 2015 $217,008
SW Develop ENG Apple Inc. Cupertino, CA Feb 09, 2016 $215,000 -
$235,000
SW Development Engineer Ict5 Apple Inc. Cupertino, CA Feb 09, 2016 $210,000 -
$230,000
Software Development Engineer Apple Inc. Cupertino, CA Apr 28, 2016 $208,000 -
$229,330
Principal Software Development Engineer Microsoft Corporation Redmond, WA Jan 26, 2015 $203,873
Software Development Engineer Apple Inc. Cupertino, CA May 07, 2015 $201,000 -
$224,700
Software Engineer/Developer YASH & Lujan Consulting, Inc. San Antonio, TX Jun 18, 2015 $200,000
Software Development Engineer Apple Inc. Cupertino, CA Aug 24, 2016 $200,000 -
$233,900
Software Development Engineer, Systems, Principal Yahoo! Inc. Sunnyvale, CA Jul 06, 2016 $200,000 -
$220,000
Software Development Engineer Apple Inc. Cupertino, CA Jul 12, 2015 $200,000 -
$229,300
Software Development Engineer 4 Thomson Reuters (Markets) LLC New York, NY Jun 27, 2016 $195,691
Pmts Software Development Engineer Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. (AMD) Sunnyvale, CA Jun 20, 2016 $193,800 -
$305,500
Software Development Engineer Apple Inc. Cupertino, CA Jun 21, 2016 $192,756 -
$233,900
SW Develop ENG Apple Inc. Cupertino, CA Mar 10, 2016 $190,000 -
$210,000
Software Development Engineer II Amazon Corporate LLC Seattle, WA Oct 01, 2015 $120,300
Software Development Engineer II Amazon Corporate LLC Seattle, WA Jan 10, 2015 $120,300
Software Development Engineer II Amazon Corporate LLC Seattle, WA May 19, 2016 $120,300
Software Development Senior Engineer Dell Software, Inc. Santa Clara, CA Oct 01, 2015 $120,285
Staff Software Development Engineer Qualcomm Technologies Inc. San Diego, CA Aug 31, 2016 $120,245 -
$156,700
Software Development Engineer Microsoft Corporation Redmond, WA Jan 02, 2016 $120,200
Software Development Engineer In Test Microsoft Corporation Redmond, WA Feb 12, 2015 $120,142
Software Development Engineer Microsoft Corporation Redmond, WA Mar 27, 2015 $120,116
Software Development Engineer-Server & Tools-BG or Other Microsoft Corporation Redmond, WA Aug 28, 2015 $104,840 -
$124,840
Software Development Engineer II-Strategic Enterprise Services IT or Other Microsoft Corporation Redmond, WA Jan 15, 2016 $104,825 -
$124,825
Software Development Engineer I A2Z Development Center Inc. Sunnyvale, CA Jun 09, 2016 $104,800
Software Development Engineer-RET Modeling Mentor Graphics Corporation Fremont, CA Nov 09, 2016 $104,770 -
$151,800
Software Development Engineer Audible Inc. Cambridge, MA Sep 27, 2016 $104,670
Software Development Engineer Audible, Inc. Newark, NJ Jul 22, 2016 $104,670
Software Development Engineer Alcatel-Lucent USA, Inc. (DBA Nokia) Mountain View, CA Aug 18, 2016 $104,666 -
$114,300
Software Development Engineer-Ad Platform Display Engineering or Other Microsoft Corporation CA Apr 17, 2015 $104,652 -
$124,652

No Results

To get more results, try adjusting your search by changing your filters.

Show More

How Would You Rate The Salary Of a Software Development Engineer?

Have you worked as a Software Development Engineer? Help other job seekers by rating your experience as a Software Development Engineer.

Top Skills for A Software Development Engineer

  1. Test Plans
  2. Web
  3. Pl/Sql
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Maintained and adjusted test documentation; created test plans and test cases to address deficiencies indicated in code coverage analysis.
  • Proposed and implemented new web based user documentation and enhanced search capability in response to company imitative to reduce carbon footprint.
  • Implement high level of PL/SQL programming, database, triggers, stored package & procedure, views, sequences etc.
  • Developed SimpleStandII Test Suite installation process for Windows XP environments.
  • Implement trunk/extension database for state messaging project in C. Coordinate software integration to generate system configuration volume and core image.

How Would You Rate Working As a Software Development Engineer?

Are you working as a Software Development Engineer? Help us rate Software Development Engineer as a Career.

Rank:

Average Salary:

Embed On Your Website

Top 10 Best States for Software Development Engineers

  1. Washington
  2. California
  3. New York
  4. Massachusetts
  5. Texas
  6. Delaware
  7. Arizona
  8. Utah
  9. Virginia
  10. Rhode Island
  • (7,691 jobs)
  • (20,309 jobs)
  • (5,370 jobs)
  • (4,585 jobs)
  • (8,073 jobs)
  • (375 jobs)
  • (1,690 jobs)
  • (1,193 jobs)
  • (6,679 jobs)
  • (329 jobs)

Top Software Development Engineer Employers

Show More

Jobs From Top Software Development Engineer Employers

Software Development Engineer Videos

Working at Amazon as a Software Development Engineer (SDE)

How to Become a Web Developer or Software Engineer Without Going to College

Day in the Life: Dan, Software Development Engineer (SDE)

Related to your recently viewed content