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Software Developer

Create computer software and applications using computer programming languages.

What's it like to be a Software Developer?

Software Developers are computer science specialists 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 Software Developers usually have a specialisation in one or more fields of software development, such as web development or database development.

Software Developer

Tasks and duties

  • Investigate, design, test, apply and evaluate new or existing software programs and products.
  • Write and apply code to modify and improve software programs.
  • Maintain and upgrade programs, ensuring that training is provided for users.
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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.

Software Developers usually work within a team of information technology professionals and liaise with development managers, software engineers, UX designers and systems analysts to ensure software projects are functional and effective.

Software Developers tend to be analytical individuals who have strong skills in mathematics, engineering and electronics.

What can I earn as a Software Developer?

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The most common annual salary in AUS for a Software Developer is between $95k and $110k

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How to become a Software 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 a related field, such as a Bachelor of Computer Science, a Bachelor of Software Engineering or a Diploma of Software Development.
  2. There are numerous career options for Software Developers, such as becoming a Database Designer or Computer Applications Engineer. You may also wish to investigate further study options, such as a Master of Engineering (Software).
  3. 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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Bachelor of Computer Science

This qualification develops your computer science knowledge to prepare for a career in computer engineering or software development.

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How do Software Developers rate their role?

Latest reviews from 4 Software Developers surveyed on SEEK

Work-life balance
3.8
Job satisfaction
3.0
Career progression opportunities
2.3
Job security
4.0
Pay / Salary
3.5
Variety of work
3.3

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Nov 2018
Software dev is a great career choice that you should avoid if you like your sanity
Reviewer's Qualification
Bachelor of Computer Science
Experience
5 – 9 years
Organisation size
Medium (20-199 employees)
Specialisation
Development
The good things
Stability, ease of finding a job. Desk work.
The challenges
Doing REALLY DULL WORK ALL THE TIME IN A GREY CUBICLE OH GOD
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Aug 2019
Softeare Developer is the best career ever
Reviewer's Qualification
Bachelor of Engineering
Experience
Less than a year
Organisation size
Large (200+ employees)
Specialisation
Development
The good things
Being a developer is a great way if you have mathematical mindset. it also includes lots of collaborations. There are plenty of jobs on the market and companies are usually care about developers
The challenges
Sometimes it is not actually visible what are you working on - i.e. you contribution might be soo small or even never released to the world. Working in open space offices is a nightmare but bearable.
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What are the job opportunities for Software Developers?

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23.4%
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