Software developers provide the ideas and creativity behind computer processes. By working with customers to determine what the software will need to do, building out the core functionality, and identifying security and performance needs, software developers have control over how software will eventually perform.
Software developers handle various tasks:
Analyze users’ needs and then design, test and develop software to meet those needs
Recommend upgrades for customers’ existing programs and systems
Design each piece of an application or system and plan how the pieces will work together
Create a variety of models and diagrams (such as flowcharts) that instruct programmers how to write software code
Ensure that a program continues to function normally through maintenance and testing
Document every aspect of an application or system as a reference for future maintenance and upgrades
Collaborate with other computer specialists to create optimum software
National Median Salary
*Figure represents national average. To view the average salary in your state visit the bureau of labor statistics.
Entry-level education requirements:
High school diploma/GED, bachelor’s degree
Job outlook (2014-24):
Growing much faster than average (17 percent projected growth)*