If you're looking for a career in the technology sector, want to spend your life creating the software and systems behind computers and mobile devices, and desire to work in a highly paid, rapidly growing, ever evolving field, a degree in Software Development may be the perfect fit for you.
Software Development students typically pursue a bachelor's degree (4 years) or master's degree (6-7 years) before entering the workforce. In this field, a bachelor's degree is typically required for entry-level positions like as a Software Developer while a master's degree opens the door to opportunities in management like as a Computer and Information Systems Manager.
A high school diploma or equivalent is required, with a strong academic background in math, science, and computer technology coursework helping applicants obtain acceptance into their desired school. Each school has its own specific requirements, making it important for you to explore several options before settling on a particular school.
The range of career opportunities available to someone with a degree in Software Development include:
- Software Developer
- Software Quality Assurance Analyst/Tester
- Computer and Information Systems Manager
- Information based on national data, not school-specific information. Conditions in your area may vary.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median salary for Software Developers was $107,510 in 2019 (1) while Software Developers and Software Quality Assurance Analysts and Testers earned a mean salary of $111,620 in 2019. (2)
Note that the average salary varies widely not only depending on career chosen, but on geographical location and employer. Conditions in your area may vary.
Careers associated with these educational opportunities often require additional degrees and certifications not offered as part of the educational opportunities presented by this website.
Information based on national data, not school-specific information. Conditions in your area may vary.