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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.
|Job Title||Company||Location||Start Date||Salary|
|Prinicipal Software Engineering Lead||Microsoft Corporation||Redmond, WA||Jun 04, 2016||$187,500|
|Software Engineers-Applications (Lead Engineer, Force.Com)||Salesforce.Com||San Francisco, CA||Sep 22, 2016||$187,000|
|Software Engineer (Technical Lead, Image Mastering)||Pixar||Emeryville, CA||Jun 25, 2015||$186,493|
|Software Engineering Lead||Dropbox, Inc.||San Francisco, CA||Jan 24, 2016||$185,000|
|Software Engineering Lead||Dropbox, Inc.||San Francisco, CA||Mar 24, 2016||$185,000|
|Principal Software Engineering Lead||Microsoft Corporation||Redmond, WA||Jun 01, 2016||$176,852|
|Principal Software Engineering Lead||Microsoft Corporation||Redmond, WA||Jan 06, 2016||$176,852|
|Software Engineers-Applications (Lead Member Technical Staff, Performance Engineering)||Salesforce.Com||San Francisco, CA||Jun 06, 2016||$175,000|
|Software Engineer, Server Lead||Asurion, LLC||San Mateo, CA||Jan 29, 2015||$173,400|
|Software Engineer, Server Lead||Asurion, LLC||San Mateo, CA||Feb 09, 2015||$173,400|
|Software Engineer, 3D Webgl Three.Js Lead||Daqri, LLC||Sunnyvale, CA||Sep 09, 2016||$170,000|
|Principal Software ENG Lead||Microsoft Corporation||Redmond, WA||Jun 01, 2016||$169,944|
|Software Engineer Lead||Proquest LLC||Mountain View, CA||Sep 28, 2015||$169,200|
|Software Production Engineering Lead||Apple Inc.||Cupertino, CA||Jun 16, 2015||$131,269 -
|Software Engineering-Lead Engineer||Fair Isaac Corporation||San Jose, CA||Sep 21, 2015||$131,269 -
|Software Engineer-PLM Test Lead||Cavalier It, Inc.||Jersey City, NJ||Apr 22, 2016||$130,666|
|Software Engineer Lead||Microsoft Corporation||Reston, VA||Jun 19, 2016||$130,560|
|Software Engineer Lead||Storm8, Inc.||Redwood City, CA||Feb 09, 2016||$130,000 -
|Software Engineer Lead||Capital IQ, Inc.||New York, NY||Mar 05, 2015||$130,000|
|Software Engineer Lead||Storm8, Inc.||Redwood City, CA||Jan 26, 2015||$130,000|
|Software Engineer Lead||Storm8, Inc.||Redwood City, CA||Sep 02, 2016||$130,000 -
|Software Engineer (Core Services Lead)||Expensify Inc.||San Francisco, CA||Apr 09, 2016||$107,000|
|Software Engineer Lead/Manager||Capgemini America, Inc.||Lees Summit, MO||Apr 13, 2016||$107,000 -
|Software Engineering-Lead Engineer||Fair Isaac Corporation||Roseville, MN||Sep 28, 2015||$107,000 -
|Software Engineer (Integration Lead)||Expensify Inc.||San Francisco, CA||Jul 09, 2016||$106,500|
|Software Engineering-Lead Engineer||Fair Isaac Corporation||Roseville, MN||Mar 18, 2015||$106,205 -
|Software Engineer Lead||Enterprise Holdings, Inc.||Saint Charles, MO||Feb 28, 2016||$106,000|
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