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Software Developer

What is a Software Developer?

Software developers create, 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
  • Utilize an IDE (Integrated Development Environment) (e.g., Visual Studio) and a source control system such as TFS or GitLab

Emerging Level
  • Proficiency in the use of an IDE

Proficient Level
  • Capability to help a company to select a new IDE

Software Program Management and 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 and 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


Software Developer

The pathway below represents an example career pathway in the ever-changing Digital Innovation Economy.

Associate / Junior Developer

IT Specialist

software engineer / developer

Technical Lead

quality assurance engineer

devops engineer


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