David, a project manager at Mozilla, spends his typical day helping people navigate through projects and communities at Mozilla. He fell into his career in software through a non-traditional path. Having graduated from university right around the time of the beginning of the internet phenomenon, David experimented with working with the web and built skills through the self-taught avenue. After volunteering at Mozilla for eight years, he was hired by the company.
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. Many software developers work for computer systems design and related services firms or software publishers. Others work in computer and electronic product manufacturing industries.
Software developers typically do the following:
- Analyze users’ needs, then design, test, and develop software to meet those needs
- Recommend software upgrades for customers' existing programs and systems
- Design each piece of the application or system and plan how the pieces will work together
- Create flowcharts and other models that instruct programmers how to write the software’s code
- Ensure that the software continues to function normally through software maintenance and testing
- Document every aspect of the application or system as a reference for future maintenance and upgrades
- Collaborate with other computer specialists to create optimum software
Variable, depending on whether or not you get a degree. It's possible to learn development skills by building applications using a range of free resources on the internet.
Many software developers work for computer systems design and related services firms or software publishers. Some work in computer and electronic product manufacturing industries. Some developers telecommute (work away from the office).
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