Software developers created, develop, and modify general computer applications software or specialized utility programs. Analyze user needs and develop software solutions. Design software or customize software for client use with the aim of optimizing operational efficiency. May analyze and design databases within an application area, working individually or coordinating database development as part of a team. May mentor other software developers/coders, particularly if interested in a management path.
Software developers can expect to make an average salary of $81,700 annually (or $84,100 in total compensation package). The highest earners for this role can expect to see around $88,700 annually (or $91,900 in total compensation).
*Current as of December 2022.
Verbal and Written Communication, Emotional Intelligence, Problem Solving/Decision Making, Role Ownership & Leadership, Proactivity, Detail Orientation, Innovation, Presentation Competencies, Troubleshooting, Craftsmanship/Quality
Convert workflow charts and diagrams into a series of instructions coded in a computer language
Conduct trial runs of programs and software applications to be sure they will produce the desired information and that the instructions are correct
Write unit tests to ensure correct functioning of application
Prepare detailed workflow charts and diagrams that describe input, output, and logical operation
Perform systems analysis and programming tasks to maintain and control the use of computer systems software as a systems programmer
Investigate whether networks, workstations, the central processing unit of the system, or peripheral equipment are responding to a program’s instructions
Perform scalability and load testing of applications
Design and implement continuous integration environments to run automated testing as software developers extend the functionality of an application
Store, retrieve, and manipulate data for analysis of system capabilities and requirements
Analyze information to determine, recommend, and plan computer specifications and layouts, and peripheral equipment modifications
Determine system performance standards
Utilize an IDE (Integrated Development Environment) (e.g., Visual Studio) and a source control system such as TFS or GitLab
Proficiency in the use of an IDE
Capability to help a company to select a new IDE
Correct errors by making appropriate changes and rechecking the program to ensure that the desired results are produced
Perform revision, repair, or expansion of existing programs to increase operating efficiency or adapt to new requirements
Write, update, and maintain computer programs or software packages to handle specific jobs such as tracking inventory, storing or retrieving data, or controlling other equipment
Compile and write documentation of program development and subsequent revisions, inserting comments as needed in the coded instructions so others can understand the program
Direct revision, repair, or expansion of existing programs to increase operating efficiency or adapt to new requirements
Assist in architectural decisions and help structure teams of software developers to achieve desired results
Understand and implement cybersecurity protocols and protections
Protect data, software, and hardware by implementing network security measures
Protect data, software, and hardware by planning network security measures
Understand the importance of risk testing and quality assurance best practices
Protect data, software, and hardware by coordinating network security measures
The pathway below represents an example career pathway in the ever-changing Digital Innovation Economy.
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