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SOFTWARE DEVELOPER: Getting Her Foot In The Door With Y2K

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Liz, a software developer, spends her typical day interacting with users to figure out how to make their day to day interactions with her software better, and creating better codes and programs to create this improved interface. She tells us that her ability to interact well with different people helps her immensely at her job, as it is a necessary part of it and many of the "geeky type guys" lack the comfort necessary in social interactions.

Degree: Computer Science
Job Title: Software Developer

Job Summary: Software Developers

Job Description

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

On-the-Job Training

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.

Additional Info

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).

Quick Facts

Average salary
Average salary
National Statistic Change Location
$60,000 - $145,000
Projected job growth
Projected Job Growth
25 to 30 percent
Typical schedule
Typical schedule
Full-time, Long hours, Irregular
Typical workplace
Typical workplace
Home, Indoor, Office, Remote
Personal qualities
Personal Qualities
Analytical skills, Creativity, Detail oriented, Problem solving skills, Technical skills, Mathematical skills, Patience

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m='17820'>roles,</span> <span m='18070'>I</span> <span m='18550'>just</span> <span m='18770'>liked</span> <span m='19090'>computers,</span> <span m='19573'>so</span> <span m='20056'>I decided</span> <span m='20539'>to get into</span> <span m='21022'>that.</span> </p><p><span m='21990'>And</span> <span m='22280'>my</span> <span m='22690'>daily</span> <span m='23140'>role</span> <span m='23590'>is</span> <span m='25140'>I</span> <span m='25980'>get to</span> <span m='26400'>talk</span> <span m='26730'>to</span> <span m='28090'>users,</span> <span m='28720'>that's what</span> <span m='29010'>we call</span> <span m='29300'>our</span> <span m='29550'>everyday</span> <span m='29880'>people,</span> <span m='30330'>is users.</span> <span m='30980'>And</span> <span m='31375'>get</span> <span m='31770'>information</span> <span m='32090'>on</span> <span m='32670'>what</span> <span m='33020'>would</span> <span m='33210'>help</span> <span m='33510'>them</span> <span m='33860'>be able to</span> <span m='34140'>do</span> <span m='34430'>their</span> <span m='34550'>day-to-day</span> <span m='35060'>jobs</span> <span m='35830'>better.</span> <span m='36760'>And</span> <span m='38020'>so</span> <span m='38240'>for</span> <span m='38390'>me,</span> <span m='38900'>I</span> <span m='39040'>like</span> <span m='39270'>that</span> <span m='39510'>people</span> <span m='39850'>interaction.</span> <span m='41445'>And</span> <span m='41830'>most</span> <span m='42180'>geeky type</span> <span m='42480'>guys</span> <span m='42860'>do</span> <span m='42980'>not</span> <span m='43230'>like</span> <span m='43470'>that</span> <span m='43640'>type</span> <span m='43900'>of</span> <span m='44110'>interaction.</span> <span m='45490'>And</span> <span m='45670'>so</span> <span m='45940'>that</span> <span m='46040'>makes</span> <span m='47330'>my</span> <span m='47810'>type of</span> <span m='48050'>work</span> <span m='48390'>a</span> <span m='48430'>lot</span> <span m='48600'>easier</span> <span m='48920'>for</span> <span m='49070'>me.</span> <span m='49930'>And</span> <span m='51610'>so</span> <span m='52540'>I</span> <span m='52900'>just</span> <span m='53810'>write</span> <span m='54030'>codes.</span> </p><p><span m='54490'>So a</span> <span m='54590'>lot</span> <span m='54790'>of</span> <span m='54870'>things</span> <span m='55200'>that,</span> <span m='55410'>like,</span> <span m='55730'>for</span> <span m='55930'>people that are</span> <span m='56240'>into</span> <span m='56630'>language,</span> <span m='57420'>they</span> <span m='57905'>will learn</span> <span m='58390'>multiple</span> <span m='58875'>languages, like</span> <span m='59360'>German</span> <span m='59845'>and</span> <span m='60330'>other</span> <span m='60815'>types of</span> <span m='61300'>things.</span> <span m='61785'>But</span> <span m='62270'>for</span> <span m='63240'>people</span> <span m='63725'>that are in</span> <span m='64210'>software development,</span> <span m='64695'>they learn</span> <span m='65180'>code.</span> <span m='66150'>And there's</span> <span m='66635'>different</span> <span m='67120'>languages</span> <span m='67605'>within</span> <span m='68090'>code</span> <span m='69080'>to</span> <span m='69280'>produce</span> <span m='69540'>logic</span> <span m='69840'>so that</span> <span m='70140'>when you</span> <span m='70631'>are</span> <span m='72595'>clicking</span> <span m='73086'>on a button,</span> <span m='73577'>what does that</span> <span m='74068'>mean?</span> <span m='74559'>If you are</span> <span m='75541'>pinching</span> <span m='76032'>on a</span> <span m='76523'>tablet,</span> <span m='77014'>what does</span> <span m='77505'>that do?</span> <span m='77996'>If you</span> <span m='78487'>are</span> <span m='80942'>zooming</span> <span m='81433'>in to</span> <span m='81924'>something,</span> <span m='82415'>what do</span> <span m='82906'>you want</span> <span m='83397'>the user's</span> <span m='83888'>experience</span> <span m='84379'>to be?</span> <span m='85361'>If you want</span> <span m='85852'>them to</span> <span m='86343'>double click,</span> <span m='86834'>does that</span> <span m='87325'>now</span> <span m='87816'>populate</span> <span m='88307'>some other</span> <span m='88798'>field.</span> <span m='89289'>You get to</span> <span m='89780'>program</span> <span m='90271'>and decide</span> <span m='90762'>how that user</span> <span m='91253'>interaction</span> <span m='92235'>comes about</span> <span m='92726'>and what</span> <span m='93220'>information</span> <span m='93610'>you're</span> <span m='93840'>saving.</span> <span m='94800'>So</span> <span m='94990'>that's</span> <span m='95550'>part</span> <span m='95760'>of</span> <span m='95920'>what</span> <span m='96090'>I</span> <span m='96375'>do</span> <span m='96660'>on a day-to-day</span> <span m='96890'>basis.</span> </p><p><span m='98340'>Well</span> <span m='98610'>in</span> <span m='99120'>high</span> <span m='99350'>school,</span> <span m='99840'>I</span> <span m='100336'>was</span> <span m='101328'>good at</span> <span m='101824'>math.</span> <span m='102320'>And I</span> <span m='102816'>was</span> <span m='103312'>doing</span> <span m='103808'>score keeping.</span> <span m='104304'>And I took</span> <span m='104800'>a lot of</span> <span m='105296'>accounting.</span> <span m='105792'>And my</span> <span m='106288'>math</span> <span m='106784'>teacher</span> <span m='107776'>noticed that</span> <span m='108272'>I was</span> <span m='108768'>good at</span> <span m='109264'>this kind of</span> <span m='109760'>stuff</span> <span m='110256'>and said,</span> <span m='110752'>hey, why don't</span> <span m='111248'>you take a computer</span> <span m='111744'>class.</span> <span m='112240'>So</span> <span m='112515'>the</span> <span m='112790'>computer</span> <span m='112990'>teacher</span> <span m='113430'>and</span> <span m='113530'>the</span> <span m='113570'>math</span> <span m='113780'>teacher</span> <span m='114190'>connected</span> <span m='114530'>and</span> <span m='114870'>said,</span> <span m='115160'>you need</span> <span m='115290'>to get</span> <span m='115710'>over here.</span> </p><p><span m='116430'>So</span> <span m='116580'>I</span> <span m='116690'>did.</span> <span m='116880'>I</span> <span m='117070'>took</span> <span m='117325'>a class</span> <span m='117580'>in</span> <span m='117840'>high school</span> <span m='118115'>and found out</span> <span m='118869'>wow,</span> <span m='119348'>I kind of</span> <span m='119827'>like this.</span> <span m='120306'>And I also</span> <span m='120785'>worked in</span> <span m='121264'>the</span> <span m='121743'>library</span> <span m='122222'>and</span> <span m='122701'>during</span> <span m='123180'>that time,</span> <span m='123659'>that was where the</span> <span m='124138'>computers were at.</span> <span m='124617'>They weren't</span> <span m='125096'>in most</span> <span m='125575'>people's</span> <span m='126060'>homes.</span> <span m='126340'>So for</span> <span m='126510'>me,</span> <span m='126790'>that was</span> <span m='127070'>my exposure</span> <span m='128060'>to</span> <span m='128555'>computers.</span> </p><p><span m='130040'>And</span> <span m='132020'>after</span> <span m='132420'>that, it</span> <span m='132820'>was</span> <span m='132950'>really</span> <span m='133150'>hard</span> <span m='133440'>to</span> <span m='134080'>transition</span> <span m='134405'>from</span> <span m='134730'>college</span> <span m='135175'>to a</span> <span m='135620'>job,</span> <span m='136510'>so</span> <span m='136610'>what</span> <span m='136790'>I</span> <span m='136940'>learned</span> <span m='138097'>is that</span> <span m='138524'>I had to</span> <span m='138951'>get into</span> <span m='139380'>a temp job.</span> <span m='139705'>And</span> <span m='140030'>Y2K</span> <span m='140500'>was</span> <span m='140750'>the</span> <span m='141050'>big</span> <span m='141180'>thing</span> <span m='141550'>right</span> <span m='141790'>then.</span> <span m='142180'>So</span> <span m='142730'>that's</span> <span m='143410'>how I</span> <span m='143815'>got my foot</span> <span m='144220'>in the door</span> <span m='144780'>was,</span> <span m='145200'>OK,</span> <span m='145510'>do some</span> <span m='146000'>Y2K</span> <span m='146540'>stuff.</span> </p><p><span m='147550'>And</span> <span m='147820'>then</span> <span m='148390'>meeting</span> <span m='148810'>people</span> <span m='149300'>in</span> <span m='149380'>departments</span> <span m='149790'>and</span> <span m='150200'>networking</span> <span m='151140'>and</span> <span m='152000'>selling</span> <span m='152370'>who</span> <span m='152490'>you</span> <span m='152650'>are</span> <span m='152760'>as</span> <span m='152860'>a</span> <span m='152900'>person</span> <span m='153710'>is</span> <span m='154020'>more</span> <span m='154280'>beneficial</span> <span m='154980'>than</span> <span m='155210'>what</span> <span m='155380'>your</span> <span 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