|Quick Facts: Software Developers|
|2010 Median Pay||
$90,530 per year
$43.52 per hour
|Entry-Level Education||Bachelor’s degree|
|Work Experience in a Related Occupation||None|
|Number of Jobs, 2010||913,100|
|Job Outlook, 2010-20||30% (Much faster than average)|
|Employment Change, 2010-20||270,900|
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. Most work full time, and nearly one-fourth worked more than 40 hours per week in 2010.
Software developers usually have a bachelor’s degree in computer science and strong computer-programming skills.
The median annual wage of applications software developers was $87,790 in May 2010. The median annual wage of systems software developers was $94,180 in May 2010.
Employment of software developers is projected to grow 30 percent from 2010 to 2020, much faster than the average for all occupations. The main reason for the rapid growth is a large increase in the demand for computer software.
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