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 Integration Engineer Lead||Appdynamics, Inc.||San Francisco, CA||Feb 17, 2014||$150,000|
|Software Integration Engineer/Architect/Edi Progra||Consumer Health Technologies, Inc.||Linthicum, MD||Dec 10, 2012||$145,000|
|Software/Integration Engineer (Solution)||Tibco Software Inc.||New York, NY||Oct 01, 2012||$125,000|
|Senior Software Integration Engineer||Adaptive Planning, Inc.||Palo Alto, CA||Jul 14, 2014||$120,000|
|Senior Software Integration Engineer||Adaptive Planning, Inc.||Palo Alto, CA||Sep 21, 2015||$120,000 -
|Software Integration Engineer||Humax USA Inc.||Irvine, CA||Feb 05, 2015||$119,933|
|Software Integration Engineer, Interm||Yahoo! Inc.||Sunnyvale, CA||Nov 23, 2015||$119,350 -
|Software Integration Crash Sensing Engineer||Atieva USA, Inc.||Menlo Park, CA||Dec 15, 2015||$118,000|
|Software Engineer/Integration Engineer||Curate Partners LLC||Boston, MA||Jan 09, 2016||$115,000|
|Senior Software Integration Engineer||4D Security Solutions, Inc.||South Plainfield, NJ||Nov 01, 2013||$112,000|
|Software Integration Engineer||Visteon Corporation||Van Buren, MI||Feb 11, 2016||$109,990|
|Software Integration Engineer||Visteon Corporation||Van Buren, MI||May 24, 2016||$109,990|
|Software Integration Engineer, Interm||Yahoo! Inc.||Sunnyvale, CA||Jan 12, 2016||$105,010 -
|Software Integration Engineer II||Dell Products LP||Austin, TX||Oct 19, 2012||$99,203|
|Software Integration Engineer||Softwell Inc.||Mountain View, CA||Sep 21, 2016||$98,342|
|Software Integration Engineer, Interm||Yahoo! Inc.||Sunnyvale, CA||Sep 08, 2014||$98,166 -
|Software Integration Engineer, Interm||Yahoo! Inc.||Sunnyvale, CA||Aug 09, 2014||$98,166 -
|Software Integration Engineer||Enernoc, Inc.||Boston, MA||Oct 21, 2012||$97,200|
|Software Integration Engineer||Enernoc, Inc.||Boston, MA||Oct 23, 2012||$97,200|
|Software Integrity Engineer||Altair Engineering, Inc.||Troy, MI||Aug 11, 2016||$96,637|
|Software Integration Engineer||Istream Solutions, Inc.||Herndon, VA||Sep 20, 2014||$95,000|
|Software Integration Engineer||Pace Americas Inc.||Philadelphia, PA||Oct 01, 2014||$82,644|
|Senior Software Integration Engineer||Perkinelmer Health Sciences, Inc.||Akron, OH||Jul 18, 2014||$81,661 -
|Software Integration Engineer||EASI LLC||Plymouth, MI||Feb 25, 2015||$81,393|
|Senior Software Integration Engineer||Prometric Inc.||Baltimore, MD||Jul 28, 2015||$81,141|
|Software Integrator||GE Medical Systems, LLC||Waukesha, WI||Aug 29, 2014||$81,000 -
|Senior Software Integration Engineer||Qualcomm Incorporated||San Diego, CA||May 05, 2011||$80,340 -
|Software Integration Engineer||Robert Bosch LLC||Farmington Hills, MI||Mar 03, 2014||$80,000|
|Software Integration Engineer||Accelrys Software, Inc.||Frederick, MD||Oct 01, 2011||$79,851|
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