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Careers in the USA: Software Developers

Software Developers
Software developers design computer programs.

Quick Facts: Software Developers

2012 Median Pay
$93,350 per year
$44.88 per hour

Entry-Level Education
Bachelor’s degree

Work Experience in a Related Occupation
None

On-the-job Training
None

Number of Jobs, 2012
1,018,000

Job Outlook, 2012-22
22% (Much faster than average)

Employment Change, 2012-22
222,600

What Software Developers Do

Software developers are the creative minds behind computer programs. Some develop the applications that allow people to do specific tasks on a computer or other device. Others develop the underlying systems that run the devices or control networks.

Work Environment

Many software developers work for computer systems design and related services firms or software publishers.

How to Become a Software Developer

Software developers usually have a bachelor’s degree in computer science and strong computer programming skills.

Pay
In May 2012, the median annual wage for applications software developers was $90,060. The median annual wage for systems software developers was $99,000 in May 2012.

Job Outlook
Employment of software developers is projected to grow 22 percent from 2012 to 2022, 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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