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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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The most common annual salary in AUS for a Developer is between $100k and $120k

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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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How do Developers rate their role?

Latest reviews from 10 Developers surveyed on SEEK

Work-life balance
4.2
Job satisfaction
4.4
Career progression opportunities
4.3
Job security
4.3
Pay / Salary
4.0
Variety of work
3.8

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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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Dec 2018
Development is a challenging and rewarding career, with the chance to carve out your own career
Reviewer's Qualification
A level
Experience
10+ years
Organisation size
Medium (20-199 employees)
Specialisation
Web Development
The good things
Day to day work is challenging and rewarding. Solving technical problems is incredibly satisflying. It's a career of your own making - there are oppotunities to be an expert in various niches within ...
The challenges
Sometimes problems can be overwhelming. You get used to being able to solve anything that's thrown at you but it takes a while to achieve that level of confidence (sometimes a few years). Working on ...
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Working hours for Developers

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What are the job opportunities for Developers?

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Developer jobs on SEEK
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National increase over next 5 years *
23.4%
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