Develop, create, and modify general computer applications software or specialized utility programs. Analyze user needs and develop software solutions. Design software or customize software for client use with the aim of optimizing operational efficiency. May analyze and design databases within an application area, working individually or coordinating database development as part of a team. May supervise computer programmers.
Sample of reported job titles: Software Engineer, Application Integration Engineer, Programmer Analyst, Software Development Engineer, Computer Consultant, Software Architect, Software Developer, Technical Consultant, Applications Developer, Business Systems Analyst
New Hampshire Outlook
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Education and Training
Software Developers usually have at least a four-year college degree in a computer-related field. While work experience and on-the-job training are not a requirement, applicants with experience and strong computer programming abilities are preferred. The ability to stay up-to-date with new developments in the field is also a valuable skill. Knowledge of the industry for which software is being developed is another asset.
There is no professional licensing requirement for this occupation in New Hampshire. Many Software Developers continually pursue knowledge of technological advances through classes and training programs.
Interests (Holland Code): IRC
Career Cluster: Information Technology
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.
Additional Information Sources**
IEEE Computer Society
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* New Hampshire Occupational Employment and Wages, September 2012. Wage estimates based on surveys through May 2011, adjusted to June 2012.
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NH Employment Projections, base year 2010 to projected year 2020
Occupational Outlook Handbook 2010, Bureau of Labor Statistics
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