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

Log In

Log In to Save

Sign Up to Save

Sign Up to Dismiss

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

FIND
PERSONALIZED JOBS

Become A Software Development Specialist

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 Specialist

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

  • $103,680

    Average Salary

What Does A Software Development Specialist 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 Specialist

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

Software Development Specialist jobs

NO RESULTS

Aw snap, no jobs found.

Add To My Jobs

Average Length of Employment
Systems Developer 3.4 years
Senior Programmer 3.4 years
Software Engineer 3.2 years
Software Leader 3.2 years
Software Architect 3.2 years
Software Designer 3.0 years
NET Developer 3.0 years
Software Developer 2.7 years
Software Analyst 2.6 years
Solution Developer 2.4 years
Contract Developer 2.3 years
Developer 2.2 years
Junior Programmer 1.8 years
Junior Developer 1.4 years
Top Employers Before
Programmer 11.7%
Consultant 2.9%
Internship 1.9%
Partner 1.9%
Top Employers After
Consultant 9.5%

Software Development Specialist Demographics

Gender

Male

74.6%

Female

24.6%

Unknown

0.9%
Ethnicity

White

71.9%

Asian

13.9%

Hispanic or Latino

12.5%

Unknown

1.2%

Black or African American

0.5%
Show More
Languages Spoken

Spanish

33.3%

Mandarin

16.7%

German

16.7%

Turkish

16.7%

Chinese

16.7%
Show More

Software Development Specialist Education

Schools

Ohio State University

10.7%

Oklahoma State University

7.1%

University of Phoenix

7.1%

University of North Carolina at Charlotte

7.1%

Kennesaw State University

7.1%

Rochester Institute of Technology

7.1%

Michigan State University

7.1%

Columbus State Community College

3.6%

Southwestern University

3.6%

Western Illinois University

3.6%

University of Scranton

3.6%

Adelphi University

3.6%

Stonehill College

3.6%

Pima Community College

3.6%

Eastern University

3.6%

Carnegie Mellon University

3.6%

More Tech Institute

3.6%

New England College

3.6%

Maharishi University of Management

3.6%

Southeast Community College Area

3.6%
Show More
Majors

Computer Science

31.3%

Computer Information Systems

13.8%

Business

7.5%

Management Information Systems

6.3%

Information Technology

5.0%

Information Systems

5.0%

Drafting And Design

3.8%

Computer Engineering

3.8%

Computer Programming

3.8%

Management

2.5%

Psychology

2.5%

Computer Networking

2.5%

Electrical Engineering

2.5%

Sociology

2.5%

Project Management

1.3%

Osteopathic Medicine

1.3%

Community Organization And Advocacy

1.3%

Data Processing

1.3%

Mathematics

1.3%

Applied Mathematics

1.3%
Show More
Degrees

Bachelors

50.5%

Masters

18.3%

Other

16.1%

Associate

8.6%

Certificate

4.3%

Diploma

1.1%

Doctorate

1.1%
Show More
Job type you want
Full Time
Part Time
Internship
Temporary

Real Software Development Specialist Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Software Developer, Security Master Specialist AQR Capital Management Greenwich, CT Oct 05, 2016 $135,000
Specialist-Technology/Software Developer Synechron, Inc. New York, NY Sep 28, 2016 $133,340
Software Development Specialist Amdocs, Inc. Herndon, VA Jan 31, 2016 $130,175
Specialist-Technology/Software Developer Synechron, Inc. New York, NY Sep 28, 2015 $130,000
Specialist-Technology/Software Developer Synechron, Inc. San Mateo, CA Nov 04, 2015 $129,999
Software Development Specialist Amdocs Inc. Herndon, VA Apr 21, 2016 $125,000
Software Developer, Middleware Infrastructure Specialist Barclays Services Corp. Wilmington, DE Feb 17, 2016 $125,000
Software Development Specialist Amdocs Inc. Herndon, VA Sep 12, 2015 $125,000
Software Developer Senior Specialist The Nasdaq Stock Market LLC Shelton, CT Jan 04, 2016 $123,552 -
$145,000
Software Development Specialist Amdocs Inc. Seattle, WA Dec 09, 2016 $123,270
Software Development Specialist Amdocs, Inc. Herndon, VA Jul 08, 2015 $123,000
Software Development Specialist Analysis & Design Application Co., Ltd Austin, TX Feb 17, 2016 $122,000
Software Development Specialist Amdocs Inc. San Jose, CA Jul 22, 2015 $120,295
Software Development Specialist Amdocs Inc. Bensenville, IL Oct 13, 2016 $108,000
Software Developer Specialist Nasdaq Inc. Rockville, MD Jun 30, 2016 $107,100
Specialist-Technology/Software Developer Synechron, Inc. Sterling, VA Aug 26, 2016 $106,178
Software Developer Specialist Nasdaq Inc. Rockville, MD Aug 26, 2016 $105,000
Specialist-Technology/Software Developer Synechron, Inc. New York, NY Jul 03, 2016 $105,000
Project Lead/Principal Software Development Specialist Uchicago Argonne, LLC Lemont, IL Mar 19, 2015 $104,880 -
$209,760
Software Developer Senior Specialist The Nasdaq OMX Group, Inc. Boston, MA Apr 13, 2015 $104,800 -
$115,029
Software Development Specialist Amdocs, Inc. Bensenville, IL Sep 02, 2015 $104,800
Software Development Specialist Amdocs Inc. Hoffman Estates, IL Jul 08, 2015 $94,988
Software Development Specialist Amdocs, Inc. Richardson, TX Dec 09, 2016 $94,926
Software Development Specialist Amdocs Inc. Mount Laurel, NJ Aug 17, 2016 $94,464
Software Development Specialist Amdocs Inc. NJ Aug 15, 2016 $94,464
Software Development Specialist Amdocs Inc. Chesterfield, MO Sep 20, 2016 $93,700
Software Development Specialist Uchicago Argonne, LLC Lemont, IL Jun 16, 2016 $93,636
Software Development Specialist Uchicago Argonne, LLC Lemont, IL Jul 15, 2016 $93,636
Software Development Specialist Amdocs Inc. Richardson, TX Sep 19, 2016 $93,388

No Results

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

Show More

Top Skills for A Software Development Specialist

Pl/SqlWebApplicationDatabaseObjectsOperationalProceduresC#.NETSQLServerHtmlJavascriptWindowsXMLCSSWebServicesOnlineASPVb.NetIISSdlcAsp.NetMVCUserInterfaceBusinessRequirementsUnix

Show More

Top Software Development Specialist Skills

  1. Pl/Sql
  2. Web Application
  3. Database Objects
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Lead PL/SQL architect for agency designing and implementing solutions to meet legislative, administrative and financial requirements.
  • Developed web application compatible with all browsers.
  • Create PL/SQL and SQL scripts to execute procedures and query database objects.
  • Implement Date check/record count check on all Oracle and SQL Server file loads to table.
  • Used Firebug, chrome developer tools to view and debug HTML, DOM and JavaScript errors.

Top Software Development Specialist Employers