Software Developer

Average Salary: £30,000 - £35,000
Competition: LOW
Years Experience: 1-4 years

Job Summary

Software is everywhere nowadays. You can’t escape it! There’s software built in your cars, your phones and for some of you, even your watch. Software Developers have never been more in demand. They create and develop the programs which tell computers to perform specific functions.

Duties

Not only are they a part of the design of software systems, but they also play a key role in the installation, testing and maintenance of them. For an industry to not use software is very rare, so Software Developers are employed in a variety of industries, from finance to retail. However, wherever you work, you’ll probably be responsible for doing the following:

  • Liaising with clients their requirements and creating a plan of action
  • Writing code to integrate functions to new or existing software systems
  • Testing written code for compatibility and security issues
  • Installing and updating systems once developed, whilst keeping them maintained
  • Providing training and producing manuals to use the system’s functions correctly
  • Ongoing discussions with clients after implementation, in regards to performance and improvements
  • Presenting new ideas for continuous improvement to existing software systems and processes

Key Skills & Characteristics

A Software Developer should:

  • Have sound knowledge of software and programming languages
  • Have a great attention to detail whilst being thorough, particularly when writing code
  • Be able to communicate complex information effectively, whilst having excellent interpersonal skills
  • Be creative with the ability to problem solve
  • Have the ability to learn new skills quickly to deliver client specifications
  • Show patience and perseverance when coming across inevitable issues

Entry Routes

Experience of using software and programming systems are key in becoming a Software Developer. A specific degree is not essential, however studying a degree in Computer Sciences or Software Engineering will definitely not hurt your chances. Especially if you have no work experience and looking for a graduate role, you can really play the “degree card”.

However, what is really important and what employers look for is working knowledge and experience of some programming languages and systems. The following being the most popular:

  • Java
  • C++
  • Smalltalk
  • Visual Basic
  • Oracle
  • Linux
  • NET

Job Progression

Junior Software Developer

Software Developer

Senior Software Developer

Software Architect

Chief Technology Officer

Advice From Our Experts

The Good

  • Variety – You can work on a range of IT projects which are rarely the same
  • Completion – Developing software that a client is happy about, is always pleasing
  • Continuous Learning – You are always learning new skills on the job to try and meet client’s specifications

The Bad

  • Upgrading Skills – At times constant upgrading of skills can be frustrating in this world of ever-changing technology
  • Long Hours – There will be issues that will always come up and may take a long time to resolve
  • Working Environment – Sitting for the majority of the day looking at code can be mundane and frustrating