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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 Latino6.3%
Black or African American1.5%
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Northwestern Polytechnic University11.1%
University of Texas at Arlington7.4%
University of Florida7.4%
University of Phoenix7.4%
University of Detroit Mercy7.4%
Wayne State University7.4%
Seattle Central Community College3.7%
New York University3.7%
University of Connecticut3.7%
California State University - Fullerton3.7%
Texas A&M University3.7%
Montclair State University3.7%
University of St. Thomas (Minnesota)3.7%
Bemidji State University3.7%
More Tech Institute3.7%
Ohio State University3.7%
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|Job Title||Company||Location||Start Date||Salary|
|Ssis Developer||Delta Computer Consulting, Inc.||Torrance, CA||Dec 18, 2014||$131,481|
|Ssis Developer||Delta Computer Consulting, Inc.||Torrance, CA||May 12, 2016||$129,394|
|Ssis Developer (Software Engineer)||Signature Commercial Solutions, LLC||Charlotte, NC||Jul 07, 2014||$108,160|
|ETL Ssis Developer||Accretive Health, Inc.||Chicago, IL||Mar 19, 2012||$105,000|
|ETL Ssis Developer||Accretive Health, Inc.||Chicago, IL||Dec 13, 2012||$105,000|
|Dba/Ssis Developer||Examination Management Services, Inc.||Fort Worth, TX||Feb 04, 2016||$100,000|
|SQL Ssis Developer||Resource Logistics, Inc.||Charlotte, NC||Apr 07, 2015||$100,000|
|Ssis Developer||Resource Logistics, Inc.||Chevy Chase, MD||Nov 21, 2016||$100,000|
|Ssis Developer||ECOM Solutions Inc.||Fort Lauderdale, FL||Feb 22, 2016||$96,000|
|Dba/Ssis Developer||EMSI||Irving, TX||Dec 11, 2015||$90,000|
|Dba/Ssis Developer||Examination Management Services, Inc.||Fort Worth, TX||Apr 29, 2013||$90,000|
|SQL Ssis Developer||Resource Logistics, Inc.||Charlotte, NC||Jul 12, 2015||$90,000|
|Ssis Developer||Advantage Technical Resourcing, Inc.||Waukesha, WI||Feb 10, 2014||$89,386|
|Senior Ssis Developer||Evantage Solutions Inc.||Richmond, VA||Aug 15, 2016||$88,483|
|Ssis Developer||Usable Life||Little Rock, AR||Jun 07, 2016||$87,360 -
|Ssrs/Ssis Developer||Adecco Group Na/Modis, Inc.||Omaha, NE||Feb 24, 2016||$83,480 -
|Ssrs/Ssis Developer||Adecco Group Na/Modis, Inc.||Omaha, NE||Feb 02, 2015||$83,480 -
|Ssis Developer||Usable Life||Little Rock, AR||Jul 11, 2013||$82,000 -
|Ssis Developer||Usable Life||Little Rock, AR||Jul 12, 2013||$82,000 -
|Ssis Developer||Cover-All Systems, Inc.||Morristown, NJ||Aug 29, 2014||$78,000|
|Ssis Developer||Advantage Technical Resourcing, Inc.||Richmond, VA||Jul 27, 2015||$75,028|
|Ssis Developer||California Creative Solutions, Inc.||Irvine, CA||Sep 13, 2014||$72,883|
|Ssis Developer||Usable Life||Little Rock, AR||Jul 15, 2012||$70,034|
|Senior Ssis Developer||Evantage Solutions Inc.||Portage, MI||Feb 22, 2016||$70,000|
|Senior Ssis Developer||Evantage Solutions Inc.||Ada, MI||Feb 29, 2016||$70,000|
|Senior Ssis Developer||Scioinspire Corporation||Jacksonville, FL||Oct 01, 2012||$70,000|
|.NET Ssis Developer||ACI Infotech Inc.||Piscataway, NJ||Aug 25, 2016||$69,000|
|Ssis Developer||Itlize Global, LLC||Los Angeles, CA||Aug 16, 2016||$68,000|
|Data Analyst/Ssis Developer||Sriven Infosys Inc.||Omaha, NE||Oct 28, 2012||$68,000|
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