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, manufacturing, 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, applications was $103,620 in May 2018.
The median annual wage for software developers, systems software was $110,000 in May 2018.
Employment of software developers is projected to grow 24 percent from 2016 to 2026, much faster than the average for all occupations. Software developers will be needed to respond to an increased demand for computer software.
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