A Career in Software Development

Whether you’ve just completed your first coding bootcamp or you’re a seasoned programmer ready for a change, here’s our quick guide to a career in software development.

What is Software Development?

Developers need to be proficient in many languages (sometimes several at once) to a computer. But despite the stereotype, they don’t sit in a dark room hacking away in front of a screen all day. Developing end-to-end software solutions for a company (across many industries) relies on communication and collaboration with stakeholders, internal teams, and other developers. In general, programmers spearhead the design, testing, analysis, deployment, and maintenance of software and web applications. This includes researching, writing code, monitoring performance, troubleshooting problems, and modifying throughout the production lifecycle. There are many focuses within the field including front end, back end and full stack. Devs have a strong understanding of data structures, machine learning, cloud computing, and object oriented programming. They create applications with languages such as Perl or PHP and frameworks including JavaScript AngularJS, .NET, RESTful, Linux, Amazon Web Service (AWS), and Bootstrap. They’re well versed in source management systems, like GitHub. Successful developers are always learning the newest technology or framework to ensure their applications are cutting edge. And they’re not scared of bugs.

Recruiters are looking for masters of these skills when they hire great people for developer positions: Coding Analytical Thinking Communication Programming Language Database Knowledge Build and Deployment Project Management What kind of salary range can I expect in a software development role? The salary range for a software development role depends on work experience, specialty, and location. Glassdoor cites the national average is $85,000

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