From 2020-2030, the BLS projects that job openings across the entire U.S. economy will grow by 8%. Job openings for software developers are projected to grow much faster than this overall pace. Overall, the BLS projects software developer jobs to increase by 22% from 2020-2030.
Now is a great time to become a part of a quickly growing career field.
What do software developers do?
Software developers play an important role in keeping our digitally enhanced world running. They combine computer programming knowledge and creativity to conceptualize, design, code and produce the programs we use every day—from the word processing software used to write this article to the web browser you’re reading it on.
As mentioned above, systems software developers create the operating systems which run our devices. Application software developers create the individual programs for those devices.
Their specific tasks and duties will vary depending on the employer and industry. Generally, software developers do the following:
Evaluate user needs to determine whether they will need existing, modified, or new software
Plan out each part of an application or system, creating diagrams and models of how the program will flow and which programming languages will be used
Direct the work of software programmers as they code and test the program
Create reference documentation so the program can be upgraded and maintained
Conduct testing of the program and create regular updates
Possible job titles in software development
Companies will use different job titles when recruiting computer programmers. Titles may include:
How to become a software developer
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, software developers typically hold a bachelor’s degree in software development, computer science, or a related discipline.
Coding is not a software developer’s primary function, but it is important to be familiar with programming languages and experienced writing code to be employed as a developer. Analytical skills, design skills, and problem-solving capabilities are all critical to success in software development.
* Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook 2020. BLS estimates do not represent entry-level wages and/or salaries. Multiple factors, including prior experience, age, geography market in which you want to work and degree field, will affect career outcomes and earnings. Herzing neither represents that its graduates will earn the average salaries calculated by BLS for a particular job nor guarantees that graduation from its program will result in a job, promotion, salary increase or other career growth.