Technology plays a huge role in our daily lives. It’s behind that favorite video game, how people pay for goods and services using a mobile device, how groceries get ordered and delivered to our homes. Software developers help make these types of conveniences possible.
Software developers (also known as a software programmers or coders) continue to be the fastest growing occupation in IT, predicted to grow 12 percent by 2028. Here’s a look at the job of a software developer:
- Communicate with customers about what they need their software to do
- Design, develop and modify software programs to match customer needs
- Establish system testing procedures, programming and/or documentation
- Create work schedules and assignments for team members
- Collaborate with team members and contractors on projects
Software developers need to have strong technical abilities, an understanding of programming language(s), good problem-solving skills and the ability to learn new programs quickly.
- Analytical mind
- Mathematical aptitude
- Communication skills and the ability to collaborate
- Detail-oriented and organized
To see if software development is a good fit for you, start by learning a programming language through interactive websites, videos tutorials, a local coding event or an online course. You can then pursue a degree or take other courses.
Typically, a bachelor’s degree in computer science or software engineering is required, but a master’s degree or other type of certification may be necessary.
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