Software Developer Salary

Nothing nowadays can work outside the activity of computer networks. Pretty much all companies and institutions need a strong online presence. Additionally, all advanced research that stands at the base of virtually everything we do would also be impossible without computers. Therefore, the software developer (SD) profession is one of the most sought after occupations on the job market, and the salary it brings is generous enough to cover for all its demands. But there are ways in which you can make your software developer salary even higher, if you take into account a few specific factors.

Overview of a Licensed Software Developer Salary

The median salary of a software developer in May 2012* amounted to $93,350 a year and $44.88 an hour, which is pretty high compared to most other professions; for example, the median salary for all occupations in the U.S.A was, at the same moment, $34,750 a year, which is considerably lower than how much a software developed makes. Compared to that, the median salary of a software developer is almost thrice as big. The median value means that 50% of all hired software developers earned a bit more than this, and the other 50% earned a bit less. The top earning 10% of them made more than $138,880 and the lowest earning 10% professionals in this field earned less than $55,190. However you look at it, these are high earnings compared to the general look of the American job market. These figures are all calculated for a full time working schedule, since the vast majority of software developers work fulltime and even overtime regularly. In 2012, many of them (more than a quarter) have put in more than the recommended share of 40 hours a week.

*According to the BLS, http://www.bls.gov

Earning Factors of a Software Developer Salary

The main factor which makes the difference when it comes to the software developer salary is specialization, which means whether they are working to make applications or computer systems. In May 2012*, the median pay for a system software developer was $99,000 whereas the median pay for an applications software developer was $90,060, which is considerably lower but still very good. Beyond specialization, another important factor is the industry in which these professionals activate. For example, applications software developers working in the field of computer and electronic product manufacturing earned $97,960 and systems software developers in the same field made $105,030. The second best paying industry was finance and insurance (for systems SD, leading to a median pay of $99,940) and the one of software publishers (for applications SD, leading to a median pay of $96,920).

*According to the BLS, http://www.bls.gov

Software Developer Job Description

Being a software developer is definitely a job that requires at least a bit of people and team playing skills. While it’s true that many of them work from home or maintain a similar arrangement as part of the software developer job description, the work needing to be created is still meant to respond to a need or a problem encountered by other members of the team. That is why being a good team player is an important skill of a SD.

Typically, a software developer works on complex tasks that require a set of complex qualities (ranging from analytical and problem-solving skills to sheer creativity, customer-oriented skills and an attention to detail. Usually, an SD works closely with a computer programmer in order to come up with a good final product; but part of the job is also creating lots of charts and diagrams and presenting them to programmers in order to help them understand how to write the software code better.

Software Developer Outlook

As for the software developer outlook, things are looking just as good as in the salary department: not only is this a well-paid job, but it is also one with great potential. Between May 2012 and May 2022*, there is an expected growth of 22% in the total number of SD jobs available and needed. Even with the expected shift towards cheaper workers in less developed countries, the perspectives for an aspirign SD are still looking good.

*According to the BLS, http://www.bls.gov

Educational requirements of a software developer

In order to become a software developer, you would initially require just a Bachelor degree in the field of computing, IT or computer science (or even the associated field of mathematics), with little or no experience in related fields or such. It is common to first work as a computer programmer (which is a less creative type of a job, perfectly suited to a more inexperienced professional) before finding the opportunity of taking on a software developer job. Also, completing an internship in the field while still in college is an extra asset that can make a difference between being hired or not.

For some positions with more responsibility and greater demands, the employers may prefer to hire a candidate who also completed a master’s degree, but having one is never a truly formal requirement. Since this isn’t a field as delicate as medical practice (though it’s just as well paid), employers are more interested in what you are able to do rather in whether you have the certificate to prove it or not. If you advance in your education past a master’s degree and wish to pursue a PhD, then the field of work that would actually appreciate the extra time you invested in education is the academic field. Thus, you can always try to find work as a computer scientist, within research universities or private research facilities.

*According to the BLS, http://www.bls.gov

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