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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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University of Phoenix13.5%
George Washington University7.3%
University of Maryland - College Park6.2%
Rochester Institute of Technology5.7%
University of Texas at Austin5.2%
Ohio State University4.7%
Michigan State University4.1%
Texas A&M University4.1%
University of Iowa4.1%
George Mason University4.1%
University of Houston4.1%
More Tech Institute4.1%
San Jose State University3.6%
University of Maryland - University College3.6%
Texas Tech University3.6%
University of Washington3.6%
University of Georgia3.6%
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|Job Title||Company||Location||Start Date||Salary|
|Open Source Analytics Solution Engineer||IBM Corporation||San Francisco, CA||Jul 23, 2016||$195,648|
|Solution Engineer||Google Inc.||New York, NY||Aug 24, 2016||$181,400|
|Solution Engineer||Google Inc.||New York, NY||Aug 16, 2016||$181,400|
|ADS Solutions Engineer||Google Inc.||San Francisco, CA||Jun 29, 2016||$177,000|
|Solutions Engineer||Hortonworks, Inc.||North Bergen, NJ||Apr 25, 2016||$170,000|
|Solutions Engineer||Cloudflare, Inc.||San Francisco, CA||Aug 07, 2016||$169,000|
|Solutions Engineer||Alcatel Lucent USA, Inc.||Mountain View, CA||Aug 10, 2015||$160,000 -
|Solutions Engineer||Hortonworks, Inc.||Wayne, NJ||Aug 22, 2016||$160,000|
|Solutions Engineer||Hortonworks, Inc.||Fairfax, VA||Jul 11, 2016||$160,000|
|Solution Engineer III||The TJX Companies, Inc.||Framingham, MA||Aug 15, 2016||$160,000|
|Manager, Solutions Engineering||Yodlee, Inc.||Redwood City, CA||Sep 15, 2015||$157,820|
|Partner Solutions Engineer||Hortonworks, Inc.||Santa Clara, CA||Apr 29, 2016||$157,250|
|Field Solutions Engineer||Qualisystems USA Inc.||Santa Clara, CA||Aug 19, 2015||$99,674 -
|Solutions Engineer Advisor Senior||Anthem, Inc.||Wallingford, CT||Apr 15, 2016||$99,200 -
|Web Solution Engineer||Jpmorgan Chase & Co.||Columbus, OH||Sep 30, 2016||$99,015|
|Solutions Engineer Advisor Senior||Anthem, Inc.||Atlanta, GA||Jan 07, 2016||$98,500 -
|Front End Solutions Engineer||Provide Commerce, Inc.||San Diego, CA||May 27, 2016||$98,216|
|OPS IDS ICO Pre-Config Solutions Engineer||Nokia Solutions and Networks Us LLC||Arlington Heights, IL||Sep 21, 2015||$98,210|
|Director-Solutions Engineering||Hawaiian Telcom Inc.||Urban Honolulu, HI||Jul 20, 2016||$98,134 -
|API Solution Engineer||3Scale, Inc.||San Francisco, CA||Aug 20, 2016||$98,000|
|Solution Engineer||Deloitte Consulting LLP||Bismarck, ND||May 15, 2016||$70,491 -
|Solution Engineer||Deloitte Consulting LLP||Tacoma, WA||May 15, 2016||$70,491 -
|Solution Engineer||Deloitte Consulting LLP||Lake Mary, FL||Aug 02, 2015||$70,221 -
|Solutions Engineer||Menlo Logistics, Inc.||Lisle, IL||Jan 26, 2015||$70,000 -
|Solutions Engineer Senior||Menlo Logistics, Inc.||Lithia Springs, GA||Jul 17, 2015||$70,000 -
|Solutions Engineer||Vyopta Incorporated||Austin, TX||May 01, 2015||$70,000|
|Solutions Engineer||Vyopta Incorporated||Austin, TX||Apr 27, 2015||$70,000|
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