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Software Developer Job Description, Salary and Skills
« on: July 20, 2017, 01:57:58 PM »
Are you interested in a career as a software developer? Here's the information you'll need to get hired, including a job description, education requirements, desired skills, and salary information.

Software Developer Job Description
Software developers are the creative minds behind software programs. They create software that allows users to perform specific tasks on various devices, such as computers or mobile devices.

They are responsible for the entire development, testing, and maintenance process of software programs.

With multiple sectors and providers competing for the business of end users the software world has become highly competitive. Software developers are highly sought after to help companies maintain a competitive edge. Software developers must have a clear understanding of industry best practices and knowledge of emerging software trends. 

Software developers work in a wide range of industries - all the way from software publishers, to gaming companies, to the government. However, with the explosion of mobile applications (apps), there is now a large market of independent software developers.

Education and Training
Software developers typically have a bachelor's degree in computer science and a strong programming skill set. It is recommended that students studying computer science focus on classes related to building software.

Internships are highly recommended as they provide insight into the various programming languages and industries.

Software Developer Skills
Here's a list of Software Developer skills for resumes, cover letters, job applications and interviews. Required skills will vary based on the job for which you're applying, so also review our list of skills listed by job and type of skill.

A - G

Ability to Work Independently and Within Groups
Analyze User Needs
Analytical Thinking
Android Programming Experience
Background in Programming or Computer Science/Engineering
Build Business Logic of Software
C# and .NET Programming Experience
C++ Programming Experience
Comfortable Writing and Analyzing SQL Queries
Create Complex Databases for Organizations
Create Flow Charts
Critical Thinking
Design, Test, and Develop Software to Meet User Needs
Develop Software Applications
Develop Software From Scratch
Document Application Process for Future Maintenance and Upgrades
Ensure Software Functions Normally Through Software Maintenance and Testing
Estimate Project Cost
Estimate Scope of Project
Execute Test Plans
Experience Creating SQL Queries
Experience With Git and Github
H - M

Hands-On Software Troubleshooting Experience
iOS Programming Experience
Java and Java Framework Experience
JavaScript Programming Experience
Keen Attention to Detail
Knowledge of Backend Development Best Practices
Maintain User Manuals and Training Materials
Manage Project Build Lifecycle
Monitor Software Performance Tests
N - S

Provide Input to Improve Business Processes
Provide Reports as Necessary
Ruby on Rails Framework Experience

Recommend Software Upgrades
Research and Consult About Potential Software and/or System Changes
Revise Programs for Corrections, Enhancements, or Environment Changes
Share Knowledge and Expertise with Fellow Team Members
Solid Understanding of Company’s Needs
Source Control Management Experience
Strong Problem Solver
Strong Oral and Written Communication
T - Z

Thorough Understanding of Data Structures and Algorithms 
Understand Software Design Patterns
User Interface / User Experience
Write and Maintain Software
Working Knowledge of XML and Web Services
Software Developer Salaries
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Software developer with a focus on systems software earned an average of $99,000 in 2012. The bottom 10% of these developers earned an average of $62,800, while the top 10% earned in excess of $148,850.

Software developers in the applications arena earned an average of $90,060. The bottom %10 of these developers earned $55,190 while the top 10% earned in excess of $138,800.