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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|
|Systems Design/Architecture Engineer, SR. Staff 2||Samsung Research America, Inc.||San Jose, CA||Jan 05, 2015||$188,000|
|Systems Design/Architecture Engineer, Staff||Samsung Research America, Inc.||Mountain View, CA||Jan 10, 2016||$170,000|
|Systems Design/Architecture Engineer, Senior Staff||Samsung Research America, Inc.||Mountain View, CA||Jan 08, 2016||$170,000|
|Systems Design Engineer||Apple Inc.||Cupertino, CA||Sep 14, 2016||$157,477 -
|Systems Design Engineer||Apple Inc.||Cupertino, CA||Jan 04, 2016||$155,000 -
|Systems Design Engineer (Senior Wireless Systems Architect)||Bose Corporation||Framingham, MA||Mar 22, 2016||$150,000|
|Systems Design Engineer 4||Apple Inc.||Cupertino, CA||Apr 25, 2016||$150,000 -
|Hardware Systems Design Engineer (Electrical Engin||Psikick, Inc.||Santa Clara, CA||Apr 15, 2016||$150,000|
|Staff Systems Design Engineer||Sandisk Corporation||San Jose, CA||Jul 18, 2016||$150,000 -
|Systems Design Engineer||Apple Inc.||Newark, CA||May 16, 2016||$150,000 -
|Staff Systems Design Engineer||Xilinx, Inc.||San Jose, CA||Sep 11, 2015||$150,000|
|Staff Systems Design Engineer||Sandisk Corporation||Milpitas, CA||Jan 05, 2015||$150,000|
|Staff Systems Design Engineer||Xilinx, Inc.||San Jose, CA||Dec 12, 2016||$150,000|
|Systems Design Engineer||Apple Inc.||Cupertino, CA||Sep 21, 2016||$149,930 -
|Systems Design Engineer||Apple Inc.||Cupertino, CA||Sep 15, 2016||$119,600 -
|Systems Design Engineer||Apple Inc.||Cupertino, CA||Sep 14, 2016||$119,500 -
|Staff Systems Design Engineer||Sandisk Corporation||Milpitas, CA||Jan 10, 2016||$119,475|
|Systems Design Engineer||Apple Inc.||Cupertino, CA||Aug 27, 2016||$119,350 -
|System Design/Architecture Engineer||Samsung Research America, Inc.||Mountain View, CA||Jun 30, 2016||$119,350|
|Systems Design Engineer||Apple Inc.||Cupertino, CA||Oct 14, 2016||$119,350 -
|Systems Design Engineer||Apple Inc.||Cupertino, CA||Mar 06, 2016||$119,350 -
|Systems Design Engineer||Ip.Access, Inc.||Bellevue, WA||Sep 21, 2015||$119,167|
|SR. Systems Design Engineer||Sandisk Corporation||Milpitas, CA||Aug 30, 2015||$102,035|
|Systems Design Engineer||Nvidia Corporation||Santa Clara, CA||Mar 23, 2016||$101,600 -
|Systems Design Engineer||Apple Inc.||Cupertino, CA||Aug 27, 2016||$100,800 -
|Systems Design Engineer-Principal||HGST, Inc.||San Jose, CA||Apr 28, 2016||$100,422 -
|System Design Engineer||Philips Medical Systems MR, Inc.||Bothell, WA||Sep 20, 2015||$100,043|
|SR. System Design Engineer||Sandisk Corporation||Marlborough, MA||Sep 05, 2015||$100,000|
|Systems Design Engineer||Apple Inc.||Cupertino, CA||Jun 27, 2016||$100,000 -
|Senior Systems Design Engineer||Landauer, Inc.||Glenwood, IL||Oct 19, 2015||$100,000|
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