Software Developer


What They Do:

Software developers are the creative minds behind computer programs. Some develop the applications that allow people to do specific tasks on a computer or another device. Others develop the underlying systems that run the devices or that control networks.

Work Environment:

Many software developers work for firms that deal in computer systems design and related services or for software publishers.

How To Become One:

Software developers usually have a bachelor’s degree in computer science and strong computer programming skills.


The median annual wage for software developers was $100,690 in May 2015. The lowest 10 percent earn less than $57,340 and the highest 10 percent earn more than $153,710.

Job Outlook:

Employment of software developers is projected to grow 17 percent from 2014 to 2024, much faster than the average for all occupations. The main reason for the rapid growth is a large increase in the demand for computer software.


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