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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|
|Web Developer/Software Engineer||Strength Sensei||Monument, CO||Nov 16, 2015||$157,047|
|Senior Web Software Engineer||Flipboard, Inc.||Palo Alto, CA||Mar 12, 2015||$155,000|
|Web Engineer||Cloudflare, Inc.||San Francisco, CA||Aug 20, 2016||$150,000|
|SR. Java & Web Software Engineer||GLU Mobile Inc.||San Francisco, CA||Jun 05, 2016||$140,280|
|Web Engineer||Eventbrite, Inc.||San Francisco, CA||Dec 14, 2015||$140,000|
|Web Engineer||Zendesk, Inc.||San Francisco, CA||Aug 17, 2016||$140,000|
|Web Engineer||Shutterfly, Inc.||Redwood City, CA||May 23, 2016||$138,362|
|Full Stack Web Engineer||Roblox Corporation||San Mateo, CA||May 08, 2016||$135,000|
|Web Engineer||Shutterfly, Inc.||Santa Clara, CA||Jul 07, 2015||$131,269|
|Web Engineer||Palantir Technologies||Palo Alto, CA||Mar 12, 2015||$131,269|
|Full Stack Web Engineer||Roblox Corporation||San Mateo, CA||Apr 27, 2015||$130,000|
|Full Stack Web Engineer||Roblox Corporation||San Mateo, CA||May 04, 2015||$130,000|
|SR. Websphere Commerce Software Engineer||Horizon Hobby, LLC||Champaign, IL||Sep 05, 2015||$130,000|
|Full Stack Web Engineer||Roblox Corporation||San Mateo, CA||Apr 20, 2015||$130,000|
|Web Engineer||Shutterfly, Inc.||Santa Clara, CA||Jan 09, 2016||$102,500|
|Web Engineer 1||Shutterfly, Inc.||Redwood City, CA||Jan 09, 2016||$102,000|
|Web Engineer||Shutterfly, Inc.||Santa Clara, CA||Jan 09, 2016||$101,000|
|Web Engineer||Shutterfly, Inc.||Santa Clara, CA||Jul 02, 2015||$100,000|
|Web Engineer 2||Shutterfly, Inc.||Tempe, AZ||Dec 16, 2016||$100,000|
|Web Engineer I||Shutterfly, Inc.||Santa Clara, CA||Jan 09, 2016||$94,300|
|Web Software Engineer||IWIN, Inc.||San Francisco, CA||Dec 11, 2015||$94,162|
|Web Engineer||Monster, Inc.||Brisbane, CA||Sep 22, 2015||$94,162 -
|Web Engineer||The Verndale Corporation||Boston, MA||Dec 10, 2016||$93,517|
|Web Engineer||Robert Gatto Associates||San Francisco, CA||May 06, 2015||$93,205|
|Web Services Software Engineer||Adobe Systems Incorporated||Lehi, UT||Jul 18, 2016||$93,000|
|Web J2Ee Engineer||Blue Shield of California||El Dorado Hills, CA||Jul 11, 2016||$92,900|
|Web Engineer||Shutterfly, Inc.||Redwood City, CA||Sep 01, 2015||$92,000|
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