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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 Latino5.8%
Black or African American1.0%
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University of Phoenix12.5%
Georgia Institute of Technology -7.1%
New Jersey Institute of Technology7.1%
University of South Florida5.4%
University of Central Florida5.4%
Iowa State University5.4%
University of Arizona5.4%
University of Maryland - University College3.6%
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign3.6%
Ohio State University3.6%
Wayne State University3.6%
California State University - Chico3.6%
Rochester Institute of Technology3.6%
Naval Postgraduate School3.6%
Western Washington University3.6%
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|Job Title||Company||Location||Start Date||Salary|
|Software Engineer//Data Architect||Creative Information Technology, Inc.||Washington, DC||Oct 05, 2011||$213,250|
|Software Engineer/Data Architect||Creative Information Technology, Inc.||Washington, DC||Oct 05, 2011||$213,250|
|Software Engineer/Data Architect||Creative Information Technology, Inc.||Washington, DC||Oct 05, 2014||$175,308|
|Business Leader, Software Engineering Architect||Mastercard International Incorporated||San Carlos, CA||Jan 10, 2016||$170,200|
|Software Engineering Architect In Test||Move, Inc.||Santa Clara, CA||May 12, 2016||$155,000|
|Software Engineer-Solutions Architect||Good Data Corporation||San Francisco, CA||Sep 16, 2015||$155,000|
|Principal SW Engineer/Architect||Monster Worldwide, Inc.||San Francisco, CA||Jul 01, 2010||$150,000|
|Software & Engineering Architect-Realtime Web||A Medium Corporation||San Francisco, CA||Sep 29, 2016||$150,000 -
|Software & Engineering Architect-Realtime Web||A Medium Corporation||San Francisco, CA||Sep 13, 2016||$150,000 -
|Software Engineering Architect||Deloitte Analytics LLC||New York, NY||Sep 08, 2013||$148,000|
|Software Engineer-Siebel Architect||Intellect It, LLC||Costa Mesa, CA||Sep 10, 2013||$146,090|
|Software Engineer-Siebel Architect||Intellect It, LLC||Fountain Valley, CA||Feb 04, 2014||$144,000|
|Software Engineer/Data Architect||Creative Information Technology, Inc.||Washington, DC||Oct 05, 2011||$120,000|
|Software Engineer, Solution Architect||Slalom, LLC||Boston, MA||Feb 18, 2013||$120,000 -
|Software Engineer IV: Hardware Architect||NXP Semiconductors USA, Inc.||San Jose, CA||Aug 09, 2016||$119,400 -
|Lead Software Engineer/Architect||Microsan Consultancy Services, LLC||Rocklin, CA||Aug 29, 2016||$118,000 -
|Software Engineer/Architect||Pariveda Solutions, Inc.||San Francisco, CA||Feb 01, 2013||$116,000|
|Software Engineer/Solutions Architect||Model N, Inc.||Princeton, NJ||Dec 02, 2010||$115,128 -
|Computer Software Engineer/Architect||Proficient Business Systems, Inc.||Vernon Hills, IL||Jul 01, 2010||$100,000|
|Software Engineer/Technical Architect||AVCO Consulting Inc.||Worcester, MA||May 12, 2016||$97,500|
|SW Engineer/Architect-Systems Software||Podtek, Inc.||South San Francisco, CA||Jan 11, 2016||$96,461|
|Software Engineer/Architect||Miracle Software Sysytems Inc.||Novi, MI||Sep 16, 2016||$95,500|
|Software Sales Engineering Architect III||Dell Software, Inc.||Tulsa, OK||Sep 27, 2014||$95,300|
|Software Engineer/Practical Java Web Architect||Datum Software Inc.||Atlanta, GA||Sep 14, 2014||$95,000|
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