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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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|BMW Team Engineer||Team Rahal, Inc.||Hilliard, OH||Nov 10, 2014||$200,000 -
|Team Lead, Production Engineering||Hess Corporation||Houston, TX||Oct 01, 2011||$162,906 -
|Team Lead, Software Engineering||Verint Systems Inc.||Santa Clara, CA||Feb 10, 2015||$152,776|
|Team Lead Software Engineer||Coursera Inc.||Mountain View, CA||Oct 15, 2015||$152,000|
|Team Leads, Software Engineering||Linden Research Inc.||San Francisco, CA||Oct 31, 2014||$150,000|
|BMW Team Engineer||Team Rahal, Inc.||Hilliard, OH||Mar 10, 2015||$150,000 -
|BMW Team Engineer||Team Rahal, Inc.||Hilliard, OH||Nov 10, 2011||$150,000 -
|Team Leader, Software Engineering||Osisoft, LLC||San Leandro, CA||Oct 26, 2016||$148,875|
|Team Lead and Principal Engineer||Ipass, Inc.||CA||Jan 27, 2013||$147,000|
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|Race Team Engineer||Furniture Row Racing||Denver, CO||Dec 10, 2014||$140,000|
|Team Lead-Software Engineering||Verint Systems Inc.||Santa Clara, CA||Sep 16, 2014||$120,286 -
|Team Leader/Software Engineer||Infusiondev LLC||New York, NY||Nov 15, 2013||$120,000|
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|Team Lead, EMR Engineering & Integration||Baystate Administrative Services Incorporated||Springfield, MA||Jun 01, 2016||$116,418|
|Team Lead, Software Engineer||Cvent, Inc.||McLean, VA||Jun 17, 2013||$116,000|
|Team Lead, Database Engineer||Cvent Inc.||Tysons Corner, VA||Nov 05, 2016||$115,000|
|Team Lead, Performance Engineering||Saba Software Inc.||Redwood City, CA||Jun 28, 2013||$113,000|
|Team Lead/Process Engineering||Precision Technology, Inc.||Plano, TX||Dec 02, 2016||$112,570|
|Team Lead, Software Engineering||Verint Systems Inc.||Santa Clara, CA||Jun 02, 2014||$98,675 -
|Team Leader-Electrical Engineering||Emhart Teknologies LLC||Troy, MI||Feb 22, 2016||$98,280 -
|Team Leader/Electronics Engineering||Precision Technology, Inc.||Plano, TX||Feb 19, 2016||$97,531|
|Team Lead, PDF Generation Engine||Morningstar, Inc. (A Morningstar Company)||Chicago, IL||Aug 27, 2014||$97,000|
|Senior Team Lead, Engineering Development Group||The Mathworks, Inc.||Natick, MA||Aug 24, 2015||$96,000|
|Team Lead, Financial Validation Engineering||Numerix LLC||New York, NY||Sep 26, 2015||$95,000|
|Team Leader, Engineering and Manufacturing||Abs Materials||Wooster, OH||Dec 02, 2016||$94,869|
|Team Lead Software Engineer Applications||Intouch Solutions, Inc.||Overland Park, KS||May 08, 2012||$93,476|
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