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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 Latino8.9%
Black or African American0.9%
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University of Phoenix14.5%
George Washington University6.3%
George Mason University5.8%
University of Maryland - University College5.6%
Pennsylvania State University5.3%
University of Texas at Dallas4.6%
Johns Hopkins University4.2%
University of Maryland - College Park4.2%
Georgia Institute of Technology -4.1%
Arizona State University3.9%
University of Houston3.9%
Texas A&M University3.9%
University of Southern California3.8%
Rochester Institute of Technology3.8%
San Jose State University3.7%
More Tech Institute3.7%
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|Job Title||Company||Location||Start Date||Salary|
|Smts-System Engineering||Cellco Partnership||Ashburn, VA||Mar 13, 2017||$140,000|
|Smts-Systems Engineering (Software Systems Engineer)||Verizon Data Services LLC||Ashburn, VA||Jan 01, 2017||$135,799|
|Smts-System Engineering (Principal Engineer)||Verizon Data Services LLC||Ashburn, VA||Dec 08, 2017||$132,529|
|Systems Engineer III||Sentry Control Systems LLC||Ashburn, VA||Aug 09, 2016||$130,229|
|Smts-Systems Engineering||Verizon Data Services LLC||Ashburn, VA||Aug 25, 2018||$130,000|
|Smts-Systems Engineering||Verizon Data Services LLC||Ashburn, VA||Mar 26, 2018||$130,000|
|Smts-Systems Engineering (Lead Systems Consultant)||Verizon Data Services LLC||Ashburn, VA||Mar 23, 2018||$128,297|
|Smts-Systems Engineering (Lead System Consultant)||Verizon Data Services LLC||Ashburn, VA||Apr 09, 2018||$126,361|
|Systems Engineer||Radiant Logic, Inc.||Ashburn, VA||Aug 06, 2014||$120,000|
|Systems Engineer III||Sentry Control Systems, Inc.||Ashburn, VA||Jan 12, 2015||$115,000|
|Systems Engineer||Netapp, Inc.||Ashburn, VA||Nov 01, 2015||$110,000 -
|System Engineers||Chisrin Corp||Ashburn, VA||Mar 21, 2018||$109,359 -
|Smts-System Engineering (Senior Member Technical Staff)||Verizon Data Services LLC||Ashburn, VA||Apr 05, 2017||$108,511|
|Smts-Systems Engineering (MTS)||Verizon Data Services LLC||Ashburn, VA||Sep 30, 2017||$107,719|
|Systems Engineer||Beyondsoa Solutions, Inc.||Ashburn, VA||Jun 07, 2017||$103,272|
|Systems Engineer||Verizon Data Services LLC||Ashburn, VA||Mar 05, 2010||$102,600|
|Smts-System Engineering (SYS Cslt-It Quality Assurance)||Verizon Data Services LLC||Ashburn, VA||Jan 08, 2017||$100,300|
|Systems Engineer||Amiti Consulting Inc.||Ashburn, VA||Jan 09, 2017||$100,000|
|Systems Engineer||Inovant, LLC||Ashburn, VA||Mar 28, 2013||$96,250 -
|System Engineer||Anira Solutions Inc.||Ashburn, VA||Sep 16, 2018||$96,000|
|System Engineer||GVA Infotech Inc.||Ashburn, VA||Sep 16, 2018||$96,000|
|Systems Engineer||GVA Infotech Inc.||Ashburn, VA||Sep 16, 2018||$96,000|
|Devops System Engineer||Anira Solutions Inc.||Ashburn, VA||Sep 16, 2018||$96,000|
|Systems Engineer III||Andrew LLC||Ashburn, VA||Apr 16, 2011||$95,779|
|Staff Systems Engineer||Inovant, LLC||Ashburn, VA||Mar 04, 2017||$94,557 -
|MTS Specialist-Systems Engineering||Verizon Data Services LLC||Ashburn, VA||May 20, 2013||$90,000|
|Systems Engineer||Reverb Networks, Inc.||Ashburn, VA||Oct 05, 2011||$90,000 -
|Systems Engineer||Reverb Networks, Inc.||Ashburn, VA||Oct 10, 2011||$90,000 -
|Systems Engineer||Nrich Enterprise Solutions, LLC||Ashburn, VA||Nov 06, 2017||$85,280|
|Optical Systems Engineer||Insite Partners, LLC||Ashburn, VA||Feb 04, 2013||$80,266|
|System Engineer||Delviom, LLC||Ashburn, VA||Jul 10, 2017||$80,000|
|Systems Engineer||Protege LLC||Ashburn, VA||Mar 23, 2016||$79,726|
|Wireless Systems Engineer||Reverb Networks, Inc.||Ashburn, VA||Sep 07, 2009||$78,000|
|Systems Engineer||Idigital Inc.||Ashburn, VA||Sep 16, 2016||$77,000|
|Systems Engineer II||Andrew LLC||Ashburn, VA||Oct 01, 2011||$76,688|
|Systems Engineer||Spica Computers, LLC||Ashburn, VA||Oct 26, 2015||$69,638|
|MTS Specialist-System Engineer (Member of Technica||Verizon Data Services LLC||Ashburn, VA||Oct 01, 2014||$68,701|
|Systems Engineer||Infotech Valley, Inc.||Ashburn, VA||Jul 06, 2012||$68,000|
|Systems Engineer||Nrich Enterprise Solutions, LLC||Ashburn, VA||Apr 10, 2017||$67,288 -
|MTS I-System Engineering||Verizon Data Services LLC||Ashburn, VA||Sep 23, 2014||$65,920|
|MTS I-System Engineering||Verizon Data Services LLC||Ashburn, VA||Mar 17, 2014||$65,920|
|Systems Engineer||Value Consulting LLC||Ashburn, VA||Oct 01, 2010||$65,000|
|Systems Engineer||Value Consulting LLC||Ashburn, VA||Jan 03, 2010||$65,000|
|System Engineer||Value Consulting LLC||Ashburn, VA||Dec 18, 2009||$64,000|
|Systems Engineer||Softhq||Ashburn, VA||Aug 08, 2017||$63,500|
|Systems Engineer||Business Pointers Incorporated||Ashburn, VA||May 06, 2013||$63,000|
|Systems Engineer||E-Train Erp Inc.||Ashburn, VA||May 06, 2013||$63,000|
|Systems Engineer||Secure Networks Inc.||Ashburn, VA||Dec 21, 2009||$60,000|
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