How to Become a Software Developer

To be hired in the software development field, you need a four year degree in a curriculum that teaches software development (for example, computer science, computer information systems, or software development). It is also very beneficial to get internships and/or work part time in areas of software development or very close to software development while in college.  Work that helps build your resume will show that you are committed to becoming a software developer and will likely stay in that career for a long time, which is important to employers.  Certificates in software development, like the Microsoft Certified Professional Certificate (MCPD), also increase your chances of landing a job in this field.

When first entering the software development field after college, your best option is to find a company that is hiring an entry level developer.  There are fewer of these entry level jobs available, but they do exist.

Most non-entry level software development jobs require two to three years of experience at a minimum for the employer to grant you an interview. The years of experience in the type of framework or language the applicant is applying for is one of the first things that employers look at when hiring a software developer. Landing that first job in software development can be difficult because you do not have any years of experience, and there are few employers hiring entry level developers. However, once you’ve put in your two or three years as a software developer, many doors of opportunity open in this field since there are an abundance of jobs available for experienced developers.

Job Titles

  • Software Engineer
  • Software Developer
  • Application Architect
  • Enterprise Architect
  • Java Programmer
  • Computer Programmer
  • Web Programmer

Day in the Life of a Software Developer

Below are examples of individuals who work in the software development/software engineering field and their experiences and viewpoints about the field.

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