Software Developer Careers

Career Overview

Software developers or computer software engineers create and design computer software. Computer software contains the language that allows computers to run programs. Software engineers utilize code, theories, and principles of computer science to design, test, and critique and improve software programs according to the needs of users. Software developers must always learn new skills as technologies and theories frequently change. Software developers need good problem solving skills and mathematical skills.

Education Requirements

Bachelor’s Degree

Program Recommendations:

Computer Science
Computer Engineering
Mathematics
Computer Information Systems

Management jobs often require a master’s degree in a similar field. Software developers with skills in the newest technologies have the greatest potential for getting hired and paid well.

Top School’s for Software Developers:

University of Phoenix
Capella University
Strayer University
Herzing University
Colorado Technical University

Career Trends

Average annual salary for software developers in 2008: $85,400
Jobs in 2008 for software developers: 1,336,300
Projected employment openings for software developers through 2018: 1,619,300

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Article Reference: http://www.bls.gov/oco/ocos303.htm

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