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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 Latino6.6%
Black or African American0.9%
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Pennsylvania State University7.1%
Arkansas Tech University7.1%
University of Central Arkansas7.1%
Rochester Institute of Technology6.1%
University of Phoenix6.1%
San Jose State University5.1%
University of Southern California5.1%
University of Texas at Dallas5.1%
University of Washington5.1%
Washington State University4.1%
Arizona State University4.1%
Texas Tech University4.1%
Maharishi University of Management4.1%
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|Job Title||Company||Location||Start Date||Salary|
|Senior Solution Developer||Jfrog, Inc.||Santa Clara, CA||Mar 10, 2016||$180,000|
|Head/Vp-Industry Solutions Development||Happiest Minds Technologies Pvt Ltd||Princeton, NJ||Aug 20, 2015||$176,821|
|Identity and Access Management (IAM) Engineer and Solutions Developer||American International Group, Inc.||Jersey City, NJ||Nov 25, 2015||$175,000|
|Identity & Access Management Engineer & Solutions Developer||AIG Employee Services, Inc.||Jersey City, NJ||Oct 31, 2016||$175,000|
|Customer Solutions Development Lead||Dropbox, Inc.||Seattle, WA||Sep 14, 2015||$150,000|
|Senior Salesforce Solutions Developer||Palo Alto Networks, Inc.||Santa Clara, CA||Aug 29, 2016||$146,000|
|Manager, Solution Developer||Avanade Inc.||New York, NY||Mar 24, 2015||$146,000|
|Manager, Solution Developer||Avanade Inc.||Jersey City, NJ||Mar 24, 2015||$146,000|
|Group Manager, Solution Developer||Avanade Inc.||Houston, TX||Mar 21, 2016||$141,900|
|Salesforce Solution Developer||Palo Alto Networks, Inc.||Santa Clara, CA||Mar 08, 2016||$140,000|
|Solutions Developer||Softworld, Inc.||Marlborough, MA||Dec 05, 2016||$137,000|
|Software Solution and Development Lead||Smartek21, LLC||Kirkland, WA||Jan 01, 2016||$137,000|
|Solutions Developer||Softworld, Inc.||Marlborough, MA||May 18, 2015||$137,000|
|Solution Developer||Deloitte Consulting LLP||Seattle, WA||Oct 25, 2016||$89,669 -
|Solution Developer||Archents Inc.||Dublin, OH||Oct 06, 2016||$89,523|
|Solution Developer||Astea International Inc.||Horsham, PA||Dec 28, 2016||$88,672|
|Senior Solutions Developer||TDY Industries, LLC||Monroe, NC||Nov 26, 2016||$88,400 -
|Senior Solutions Developer||TDY Industries, LLC||Monroe, NC||Jun 06, 2016||$88,400 -
|Solution Developer||VFS Us LLC||Greensboro, NC||May 14, 2015||$87,650|
|Semantic Solutions Developer||Topquadrant, Inc.||Raleigh, NC||Jan 02, 2015||$87,400|
|Senior Solution Developer||The Allant Group||Naperville, IL||Apr 21, 2015||$87,000|
|Solution Developer||Deloitte Consulting LLP||Lake Mary, FL||Sep 17, 2015||$63,211 -
|Solution Developer||Deloitte Consulting LLP||Lake Mary, FL||Sep 08, 2015||$63,211 -
|Solution Developer||Deloitte Consulting LLP||Lake Mary, FL||Aug 05, 2015||$63,211 -
|BI Solutions Developer||Datalysys, LLC||Dublin, OH||Nov 26, 2015||$63,000|
|Solution Developer||Deloitte Consulting LLP||Lake Mary, FL||Nov 11, 2016||$63,000 -
|Solution Developer||Deloitte Consulting LLP||Camp Hill, PA||Aug 05, 2015||$63,000 -
|Solution Developer||Deloitte Consulting LLP||Lake Mary, FL||Feb 23, 2015||$63,000 -
|Solution Developer||Deloitte Consulting LLP||Lake Mary, FL||Nov 01, 2016||$62,566 -
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