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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.
|Job Title||Company||Location||Start Date||Salary|
|Staff Software Engineer||Google Inc.||Seattle, WA||Dec 09, 2016||$275,000|
|Member of Technical Staff-Software Engineering||Vmware, Inc.||Austin, TX||Aug 29, 2016||$260,875|
|Staff Software Engineer||Google, Inc.||Mountain View, CA||Oct 01, 2015||$247,500|
|Staff Software Engineer||Google, Inc.||Mountain View, CA||Jun 10, 2015||$247,500|
|Staff Engineer-Software Engineering||Vmware, Inc.||Palo Alto, CA||Jul 12, 2015||$240,000|
|Staff Engineer-Software Engineering||Vmware, Inc.||Palo Alto, CA||Aug 22, 2016||$225,000|
|Staff Software Engineer||Linkedin Corporation||Mountain View, CA||Apr 05, 2016||$220,000 -
|Staff Software Engineer||Google Inc.||Cambridge, MA||Apr 08, 2016||$217,400|
|Senior Staff Software Engineer||Twitter, Inc.||San Francisco, CA||Oct 23, 2015||$212,500|
|Staff Software Engineer||Twitter, Inc.||San Francisco, CA||Nov 25, 2016||$208,000|
|Staff Software Engineer||Tesla Motors, Inc.||Palo Alto, CA||Aug 02, 2016||$200,000|
|Staff Software Engineer||Google, Inc.||Cambridge, MA||Jan 10, 2016||$200,000|
|Staff Software Engineer, WMX||Wal-Mart Associates, Inc.||Sunnyvale, CA||Nov 30, 2016||$200,000|
|Staff Software Engineer||Brocade Communications Systems, Inc.||San Jose, CA||Sep 07, 2016||$140,000|
|Staff Software Engineer||Brocade Communications Systems, Inc.||San Jose, CA||Mar 24, 2015||$139,999|
|Staff Software Engineer||Brocade Communications Systems, Inc.||San Jose, CA||Jul 18, 2016||$139,999|
|Member of Technical Staff-Software Engineer||Vmware, Inc.||Palo Alto, CA||Apr 19, 2016||$139,725|
|Member of Technical Staff-Software Engineering||Vmware, Inc.||Bellevue, WA||Feb 23, 2015||$139,500|
|Staff Software Engineer In Quality||Intuit Inc.||Mountain View, CA||Dec 15, 2016||$139,246 -
|Staff Software Engineer||Xilinx, Inc.||San Jose, CA||May 20, 2016||$139,200|
|Staff Software Engineer||Brocade Communications Systems, Inc.||San Jose, CA||Jan 20, 2016||$139,000|
|Member of Technical Staff-Software Engineering||Vmware, Inc.||Burlington, MA||Jul 18, 2016||$119,840|
|Staff Software Engineer||Qualcomm Technologies, Inc.||San Diego, CA||Jun 01, 2015||$119,808 -
|Staff Software Engineer||Blackhawk Network, Inc.||Pleasanton, CA||May 05, 2016||$119,637|
|Staff Software Engineer/Lte Modem Physical Layer||Qualcomm Technologies Inc.||Bridgewater, NJ||Aug 03, 2016||$119,580 -
|Staff Software Engineer/Systems Security Architecture||Qualcomm Technologies Inc.||San Diego, CA||Mar 09, 2015||$119,538 -
|Staff Software Engineer||Watchguard Technologies, Inc.||Seattle, WA||Jan 02, 2016||$119,528|
|Senior Staff, Software Engineering||E*Trade Financial Corporation||Menlo Park, CA||Mar 15, 2016||$119,400 -
|Staff Software Engineer||Fireeye, Inc.||Milpitas, CA||Aug 30, 2016||$119,400 -
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