Introduction

A software developer or programmer designs and builds computer programs that help organizations and/or equipment work effectively.

Every application that runs on smart phones or computers or even smart watches like the Apple Watch has been created by software developers. Software developers are the creative, brainstorming masterminds behind computer programs of all sorts. While some software developers may focus on a specific program or app, others create giant networks or underlying systems that help trigger and power other programs.

This is why there are two main classifications of developers: applications software developers and systems software developers. Software developers use various source debuggers and visual development environments to modify, write, and debug software for client applications.

They also document and test client software and write code to create applications that either stand alone or boost access to servers and services.

According to the Bureau of Labour Statistics (BLS), software developers earn a median salary of around $105,590 per year, and can earn higher salaries by pursuing advanced degrees. A software developer’s responsibilities vary depending on factors such as their specialization, the industry they work in, and their experience level. For instance, unlike entry-level workers, senior software developers may lead meetings, supervise employees, and manage budgets.

Typical daily duties for a software developer include testing new programs, analyzing user research, and creating models for new applications.

Eligibility

XIIth (Science PCM)

Entrance Exams

Graduate (BE/B.Tech Computer/Information Science)

Post-Graduate (MS/ME/M.Tech.)

What do they do? 

This role is geared more toward designing solutions for enterprise organizations. This includes developing software for medical, industrial, military, communications, aerospace, business, scientific and general computing applications. The nature of their work is largely focused on creating for consumers. This involves understanding user needs, developing software solutions, monitoring performance and modifying programs as needed. Many companies require candidates to have experience in the field and a bachelor’s degree in software development, computer programming, information technology, or computer science. Software developers typically work in office settings, and many also serve as information technology specialists in addition to their software development roles within a company.

Key Skills

  • Much of the actual creation of software programs happens through the writing of code, and software developers oversee that. Depending on the company where they work, a software developer will analyze the needs of the user and then create, test and develop software that will solve a problem, provide entertainment or simply make life easier for its intended audience.
  • After mapping out the design, creating flowcharts and drafting out each step of the process, developers will build diagrams and models to instruct programmers how to write the code for the program.
  • Other job duties include mapping out the software to have on record for future upgrades and enhancements, testing the software, and collaborating with other computer specialists to make sure the software is top notch and functioning properly.
  • Software developers must have a healthy balance of hard and soft skills. Not only are software developers in charge of outlining and creating the code and design for a program, but these types of careers generally involve a lot of collaboration between various stakeholders.

Career Growth

A software developer or programmer designs and builds computer programs that help organizations and/or equipment work effectively. Every application that runs on smart phones or computers or even smart watches like the Apple Watch has been created by software developers. 

  • Front-End Developers
  • Mobile Engineers
  • Game Developers
  • Back-end Developers
  • Application Developers
  • Tools and Enterprise Software Developers
  • Data Scientist
  • Algorithms/Science Software Development
  • Embedded System Developers
  • DevOps Engineer
  • Language/Compiler Developers
  • Cloud Developers

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  • AMD
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  • Finance and insurance
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  • Manufacturing
  • Management of companies and enterprises
  • Computer systems design and related services
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