|Quick Facts: Software Developers|
|2014 Median Pay||
$97,990 per year
$47.11 per hour
|Typical Entry-Level Education||Bachelor's degree|
|Work Experience in a Related Occupation||None|
|Number of Jobs, 2014||1,114,000|
|Job Outlook, 2014-24||17% (Much faster than average)|
|Employment Change, 2014-24||186,600|
Software developers are the creative minds behind computer programs. Some develop the applications that allow people to do specific tasks on a computer or another device. Others develop the underlying systems that run the devices or that control networks.
Many software developers work for firms that deal in computer systems design and related services or for software publishers.
Software developers usually have a bachelor’s degree in computer science and strong computer programming skills.
The median annual wage for software developers was $97,990 in May 2014.
Employment of software developers is projected to grow 17 percent from 2014 to 2024, much faster than the average for all occupations. The main reason for the rapid growth is a large increase in the demand for computer software.
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