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Software Developer / Engineer

What Does a Professional in this Career Do?

Designs or improves computer software. Oversees the entire software development process. Analyzes customer or user needs, designs programs, writes code or instructs computer programmers, tests design, and documents programs. May assist with upgrades or maintenance. May specialize in the design of computer applications or computer systems.

Job Outlook

There were 14222 Software Developer / Engineer job postings in North Carolina in the past year and 352207 in the United States.

In combination with other careers in the Software Developer / Engineer industry, which includes the Software Developer / Engineer career, the following graph shows the number of people employed for each year since 2010:

Salary

Many new Software Developer / Engineer jobs have salaries estimated to be in the following ranges, based on the requirements and responsibilities listed in job postings from the past year.

National

The average estimated salary in the United States for this career, based on job postings in the past year, is $100,249.

State

The average estimated salary in North Carolina for this career, based on job postings in the past year, is $100,332.

Percentiles represent the percentage that is lower than the value. For example, 25% of estimated salaries for Software Developer / Engineer postings in the United States in the past year were lower than $87,579.

Education and Experience

Posted Software Developer / Engineer jobs typically require the following level of education. The numbers below are based on job postings in the United States from the past year. Not all job postings list education requirements.

Education LevelPercentage
Associate's Degree3%
Bachelor's Degree67%
Master's Degree24%
Doctoral Degree1%
Other5%

Posted Software Developer / Engineer jobs typically require the following number of years of experience. The numbers below are based on job postings in the United States from the past year. Not all job postings list experience requirements.

Years of ExperiencePercentage
0 to 2 years20%
3 to 5 years51%
6 to 8 years19%
9+ years10%

Skills

Below are listings of the most common general and specialized skills Software Developer / Engineer positions expect applicants to have as well as the most common skills that distinguish individuals from their peers. The percentage of job postings that specifically mention each skill is also listed.

Baseline Skills

A skill that is required across a broad range of occupations, including this one.

  • Communication Skills (36%)
  • Teamwork / Collaboration (26%)
  • Problem Solving (23%)
  • Troubleshooting (16%)
  • Writing (15%)

Defining Skills

A core skill for this occupation, it occurs frequently in job postings.

  • Software Engineering (36%)
  • Software Development (36%)
  • Java (34%)
  • JavaScript (27%)
  • SQL (26%)

Necessary Skills

A skill that is requested frequently in this occupation but isn’t specific to it.

  • Microsoft C# (15%)
  • Linux (13%)
  • C++ (13%)
  • DevOps (11%)
  • Scrum (11%)

Distinguishing Skills

A skill that may distinguish a subset of the occupation.

  • Web Development (7%)
  • Continuous Integration (CI) (7%)
  • Software Architecture (6%)
  • JavaScript Object Notation (JSON) (6%)
  • jQuery (5%)

Alternative Job Titles

Sometimes employers post jobs with Software Developer / Engineer skills but a different job title. Some common alternative job titles include:

  • Software Engineer
  • Software Developer
  • Full Stack Developer
  • Cloud Engineer
  • Developer

Similar Occupations

If you are interested in exploring occupations with similar skills, you may want to research the following job titles. Note that we only list occupations that have at least one corresponding NC State Online and Distance Education program.

Common Employers

Here are the employers that have posted the most Software Developer / Engineer jobs in the past year along with how many they have posted.

United States

  • Amazon (5357)
  • Deloitte (3025)
  • IBM (2730)
  • Vmware Incorporated (2508)
  • Travelers (2472)

North Carolina

  • IBM (388)
  • Wells Fargo (352)
  • Cynet Systems (169)
  • Cisco Systems Incorporated (168)
  • Lowe's Companies, Inc (119)

NC State Programs Relevant to this Career

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