Software Developer

What is a Software Developer?

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).

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Foundational Skills

Verbal and Written Communication, Emotional Intelligence, Problem Solving/Decision Making, Role Ownership & Leadership, Proactivity, Detail Orientation, Innovation, Presentation Competencies, Troubleshooting, Craftsmanship/Quality

Occupational Skills

Software Development and Design

Novice Level

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.

Emerging Level

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.

Proficient Level

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.

Data Analysis

Novice Level

Store, retrieve, and manipulate data for analysis of system capabilities and requirements.

Emerging Level

Analyze information to determine, recommend, and plan computer specifications and layouts, and peripheral equipment modifications.

Proficient Level

Determine system performance standards.

Software Development Tools

Novice Level

Utilizes an IDE (Integrated Development Environment) (e.g., Visual Studio) and a source control system such as TFS or GitLab.

Emerging Level

Proficient in the use of an IDE.

Proficient Level

Capable of helping a company to select a new IDE.

Software Program Management & Documentation

Novice Level

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.

Emerging Level

Direct revision, repair, or expansion of existing programs to increase operating efficiency or adapt to new requirements.

Proficient Level

Assist in architectural decisions and help structure teams of software developers to achieve desired results.

Risk Management, Security & Information Assurance

Novice Level

Understand and implement cybersecurity protocols and protections.

Protect data, software, and hardware by implementing network security measures.

Emerging Level

Protect data, software, and hardware by planning network security measures.

Proficient Level

Understand the importance of risk testing and quality assurance best practices.

Protect data, software, and hardware by coordinating network security measures.

Experience + Training

To be a Software Developer, some employers require Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science, Software Engineering or related field. A Master’s in Computer Science may be required for more advanced roles while an Associate Degree in computer science, software engineering technology, or software systems engineering may suffice for an entry level position. Other preferred and/or required certifications for a Software Developer include: Certificates in Computer Programming, SQL, Database Management, or other specific programming language, Security/PCI Compliance, A+, Net +, Security +, CCNA, CCNP, Cloud Architect, Specific Product/Vendor Certifications.

Below is a list of TechPoint programs and our partner programs in Indiana that offer experiences to develop digital skills for a Software Developer. These include certificate and degree attainment, internship programs, and mentorship to help you prepare for a career in tech.

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