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|
|SQL Developer||Ceres Group, LLC||Boston, MA||Nov 05, 2016||$135,655 -
|Sharepoint 2010 .Net/Sql Developer||Trigyn Technologies, Inc.||New York, NY||Aug 13, 2015||$127,307|
|SQL Developer||Populus Group LLC||MD||Nov 28, 2016||$125,220|
|Software Developer/Sql Developer||Idexcel, Inc.||Montvale, NJ||May 11, 2015||$125,220|
|SQL Developer||TT Technologies Inc.||NY||Jan 30, 2015||$122,500|
|SQL Developer||University of California, Los Angeles||Los Angeles, CA||Apr 06, 2015||$119,997|
|SQL Developer||Populus Group LLC||Rockville, MD||Aug 26, 2016||$116,872|
|Lead SQL Developer||AKT LLC||Lewisville, TX||Jun 20, 2016||$116,000|
|Software Developer/Sql Developer||Idexcel, Inc.||Montvale, NJ||May 11, 2015||$112,800|
|SQL Developer||Source Healthcare Analytics, LLC, A Symphony Health Solutions Company||Conshohocken, PA||Jul 25, 2016||$112,500|
|SQL Developer||Superior Vision Benefit Management, Inc.||Linthicum, MD||Oct 31, 2016||$110,198|
|SQL Developer||Blacksmith Applications, Inc.||Lawrence, MA||Mar 21, 2016||$110,000|
|SQL Report Developer||Mirage Software Inc. DBA: Bourntec Solutions||Chicago, IL||Oct 01, 2015||$110,000|
|SQL Developer II||Inovalon, Inc.||Herndon, VA||Aug 07, 2015||$83,833 -
|SQL Developer II||Inovalon, Inc.||Herndon, VA||Jul 08, 2015||$83,833 -
|SQL Developer||Tekorg Inc.||New Brunswick, NJ||Sep 15, 2016||$83,741|
|SQL Developer||Tekorg Inc.||Chicago, IL||Sep 15, 2016||$83,741|
|SQL Developer||Agdata LP||Charlotte, NC||Jun 08, 2016||$83,637 -
|SQL Developer||Janney Montgomery Scott||Philadelphia, PA||Sep 01, 2015||$83,366|
|Programmer Analyst/Sql Developer||Sun-It Solutions, Inc.||Fort Lauderdale, FL||Aug 28, 2015||$83,238|
|SQL Developer||Maruthi Technologies, LLC||Fort Worth, TX||Mar 30, 2016||$83,200|
|SQL Developer||Maganti It Resources, LLC||Manchester, NH||Dec 14, 2015||$73,045|
|SQL Developer||Sysintelli, Inc.||Orange, CA||Nov 10, 2016||$73,000|
|SQL Developer||Baanyan Software Services||Edison, NJ||Nov 28, 2016||$73,000|
|SQL Developer||Baanyan Software Services||East Rutherford, NJ||Jun 09, 2016||$73,000|
|SQL Developer||Qology Direct, LLC||Margate, FL||Sep 20, 2016||$72,946|
|SQL Developer||California Creative Solutions, Inc.||Oakland, CA||Sep 11, 2015||$72,565|
|SQL Developer||California Creative Solutions, Inc.||Walnut Creek, CA||Mar 07, 2015||$72,565|
|DOT Net/Sql Developer||It Keysource Inc.||Charlotte, NC||Aug 30, 2016||$72,010|
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