How to become a Software Developer

The demand for software developers is ever increasing so there is no time like the present to start your career!

To become a software developer, having a practical knowledge of programming skills such as java and visual basic would be extremely beneficial. The main skills employers will be looking for in a software developer are as follows:

  • Analytical and commercial experience
  • Able to use at least one development language
  • Up to date knowledge of the latest computer hardware and software
  • Problem solving
  • Attention to detail
  • Business understanding
  • Communication skills

In terms of the qualifications needed to become a software developer, employers tend to look for a degree as a minimum requirement. This could include a foundation degree, BTEC, HNC/HND or a regular degree. Any degree with an obvious relevance to the IT sector would be ideal such as computer science, information technology, software development or engineering or business information systems.

Don’t worry if you don’t have an IT specific degree though as there are still ways in. You can complete graduate trainee schemes or convert your current degree by completing a postgraduate qualification to make it IT related.

In terms of specific IT skills you’ll need, these include:

  • Java, C++, Smalltalk, Visual Basic
  • .Net frameworks
  • Oracle, UML, Linux and Delphi

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