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|
|Software Engineer, Team Lead||Borderfree, Inc.||New York, NY||May 14, 2015||$195,208|
|Senior Software Engineer-Team Lead||Exactbid, LLC||San Jose, CA||Jun 06, 2015||$157,000|
|Principal Software Engineer-Team Lead||Basis Technology Corporation||Cambridge, MA||Apr 21, 2015||$150,000|
|Software Engineering Team Lead||Sharethrough||San Francisco, CA||Aug 26, 2016||$150,000|
|Software Engineering Team Lead, Media Services||Longtail Ad Solutions, Inc.||New York, NY||Jul 27, 2015||$150,000 -
|Software Web Engineer Team Lead||IBM Corporation||Chicago, IL||Oct 13, 2016||$140,300|
|Software Engineer Team Lead||IBM Corporation||Chicago, IL||Aug 10, 2016||$140,300|
|Software Engineer Team Lead||The Nielsen Company (Us), LLC||Waltham, MA||Jul 01, 2015||$140,000|
|Software Engineer Team Lead||Palantir Technologies Inc.||New York, NY||Dec 15, 2016||$138,000|
|Software Engineer, Team Lead||Sharethrough, Inc.||San Francisco, CA||Sep 05, 2015||$135,000|
|Software Engineering-Team Lead||Appnexus Inc.||New York, NY||Jan 08, 2016||$135,000 -
|SR. Software Engineer/Team Lead||Symplicity Corporation||Arlington, VA||Feb 04, 2015||$130,000|
|Software Engineering Team Lead||Accenture LLP||Austin, TX||Feb 19, 2015||$113,069|
|Software Engineering Team Lead||Accenture LLP||Florham Park, NJ||Dec 02, 2016||$111,821|
|Senior Software Engineer, Team Lead||Vmturbo, Inc.||Valhalla, NY||Mar 24, 2016||$111,114|
|SR. Software Engineer/Team Lead||Symplicity Corporation||Arlington, VA||Oct 19, 2016||$110,781|
|Software Engineer/Team Lead||Infomerica, Inc.||Cary, NC||Sep 13, 2016||$110,698|
|SR. Software Engineer, Team Lead||Vmturbo, Inc.||New York, NY||May 09, 2016||$110,000|
|Software Engineering Team Lead||Opswat, Inc.||San Francisco, CA||May 16, 2016||$110,000|
|Senior Software Engineer/Team Lead||Client Network Services, Inc.||Lansing, MI||May 16, 2015||$110,000|
|Software Engineering Team Lead||Accenture LLP||Bloomington, IL||Mar 15, 2016||$98,139|
|Software Engineering Team Lead||Accenture LLP||Chicago, IL||Mar 15, 2016||$98,139|
|Software Engineering Team Lead||Accenture LLP||Sacramento, CA||Oct 01, 2016||$98,000|
|Software Engineering Team Lead||Amdocs, Inc.||Bothell, WA||Sep 05, 2015||$97,800|
|Software Engineer/Team Lead||On-Line Taxes, Inc.||Saint Joseph, MO||Jan 11, 2015||$97,282|
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