Software Developer

Software DeveloperIf the idea of combining analytical, technical, and creative skills to design computer software sounds intriguing, you may be hard-wired for a rapidly-growing career as a software developer.

Software designers evaluate a client’s software needs, and then create software solutions, says the U.S. Department of Labor. They also test and maintain computer software as needed.

Why It’s Taking Over: “Software development is exploding and the demand from software companies is far exceeding the number of developers available, including trainable students,” says Merritt.

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The Department of Labor notes that the skyrocketing demand is due in part to an increase in products that use software. The prevalence of smartphones, increasing use of electronic health records, and additional need for cyber security, notes the Department, have also contributed to the boom in this career.

Education Options: According to the Department, you’ll need to have a bachelor’s degree in computer science, software engineering, or a related subject to pursue this career, which is typical for software developers.