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Developer

Create computer software and applications.

What's it like to be a Developer?

A Developer is a computer science specialist who creates computer software and applications. They are proficient in the use of computer programming languages, which they use to write the ‘code’ which performs the software’s functions. Experienced Developers usually have a specialisation in one or more fields of software development, such as web development or database development.

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Tasks and duties

  • Gathering project requirements by liaising with stakeholders.
  • Analysing project requirements and designing solutions and features.
  • Creating wireframes and virtual prototypes to illustrate project specifics.
  • Using computer software to write and modify programming code.
  • Modifying and documenting the program code to correct errors.
  • Testing code for bugs and implementing improvements and fixes.
  • Solving problems using logic and methodical testing processes.
  • Developing testing and validation processes.
  • Deploying code to the live environment.
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Developers often work to a process known as the Software Development Life Cycle (SDLC), which contains six stages: analysis, design, development and testing, implementation, documentation, and evaluation. They interact with computers daily, and work in teams at IT companies or in the IT department of a broad range of technology–driven organisations. They may also work freelance servicing a list of clients.

What can I earn as a Developer?

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How to become a Developer


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It is possible to work as a Developer without formal qualifications; however, many employers prefer candidates with qualifications in computer science. You will need to be able to demonstrate your technical competencies to a prospective employer.

  1. Complete a qualification in computer science with a focus on software development.
  2. Aim to secure a placement in an internship program while studying. This will provide you with relevant experience as well as guidance and mentorship from experienced Developers.

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Latest Developer reviews

Latest reviews from 17 Developers surveyed on SEEK
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Nov 2018
IT is an amalgamation of science and art
Reviewer's Qualification
Master of Information Technology
Experience
1 – 4 years
Organisation size
Large (200+ employees)
Specialisation
Software Developer
The good things
Some of the factors that I think make my profession exciting, fun and high salaried: 1. In the past four years, I have worked in 4 different software development projects from different domains. The c...
The challenges
1. Cannot be lazy- Evey day we need to work with the same intensity. 2. Upgrade yourself- The technology is evolving so rapidly that if you don't learn the new stuff, you will be out of demand in a fe...
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May 2021
Software developer is like putting pieces of a puzzle together and sometimes you make a new piece.
Reviewer's Qualification
Bachelor of Science
Experience
1 – 4 years
Organisation size
Small (1-19 employees)
Specialisation
Front end and back end
The good things
Room to grow and expand your career. Plenty of opportunities to learn and time for professional development. Great allowances for technology to allow you to do your job. Mostly remote. Fun. Always new...
The challenges
Working with people who don't understand the problem. Communication is key. Being creative and satisfying client demands. Finding a good balance between work and personal life.
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