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Software Developer Job Description

A software developer is person who designs and implements computer programs and applications. Their job involves developing design specifications to create software, writing the source code to build the software, and producing instructions, tutorials, and reference information for the software use. They also review existing software tools, techniques, and products to improve or modify them.

Software developers may be referred to as software engineers, but not all software developers are engineers, as one will need to have at least a bachelor’s degree in engineering to be called an engineer. Software developers are known as software architects, programmers, applications software developers or systems software developers.

A software developer should be enthusiastic, curious, imaginative, creative, adaptable, and detail oriented, and have the ability to think methodically and logically. They should be able to communicate effectively to convey ideas and instructions clearly. They should also have self-development skills to learn and apply new knowledge and stay updated on new technologies.

What does a Software Developer do?

Software developers may do some or all of the following:

Working Conditions

Software developers usually work normal office hours, but may sometimes work evenings and weekends to meet deadlines. They work in offices, but may travel to meet clients.

What is Required to Become a Software Developer?

To become a software developer, you will need to have a degree in computer science, software programming, software engineering, or a related discipline.

Knowledge, Skills and Attributes

Software developers need to have:


Alternative Careers

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