Technology plays a huge role in our daily lives. It is behind that favorite video game, how people pay for goods and services using a mobile device, how groceries get ordered and delivered to our homes. Software developers help make these types of conveniences possible. Many people have programmed their way to a successful career as software developers.

A software developer (also known as a software programmer or coder) continues to be the fastest growing occupation in the IT industry and is predicted to grow 12% by 2028 (O*NET). Here is a look at the job of a software developer.

Responsibilities of a software developer:

  • Communicate with customers about what they need their software to do.
  • Design, develop, and modify software programs to match customer needs.
  • Establish system testing procedures, programming and/or documentation.
  • Create work schedules and assignments for team members.
  • Collaborate with team members and contractors on projects.

A software developer needs to have strong technical abilities, an understanding of programming language(s), good problem-solving skills, and the ability to learn new programs quickly.

Other skills needed:

  • Analytical minded.
  • Mathematical aptitude.
  • Communication skills and the ability to collaborate.
  • Detail oriented and organized.

To see if software development is a good fit for you, start by learning a programming language through interactive websites, videos tutorials, a local coding event, or an online course. You can then pursue a degree or take other courses. A bachelor’s degree in computer science or software engineering is a typical requirement, but a master’s degree or other type of certification may be necessary.

If you are ready to start exploring your career options, stop in or call your nearest service center to start your journey to meaningful employment.