Software Developers Skills

Below are the skills needed to be software developers according to their importance on the scale of 1 to 5 (1 being lowest and 5 being highest) and competency level on a scale of 1 to 7 (1 being lowest and 7 being highest).

   
Skill NameImportanceCompetence
Reading Comprehension3.884
Active Listening3.753.88
Critical Thinking3.623.75
Complex Problem Solving3.253.38
Speaking3.253.5

Software Developers Knowledge

Below are the knowledge areas needed to be software developers according to their importance on the scale of 1 to 5 (1 being lowest and 5 being highest) and competency level on a scale of 1 to 7 (1 being lowest and 7 being highest).

   
Knowledge AreaImportanceCompetence
Computers and Electronics4.886.55
Engineering and Technology3.944.91
Mathematics3.835.22
Telecommunications3.594.31
Design3.514.35

Software Developers Work activities

Below are the work activities involved in being software developers according to their importance on the scale of 1 to 5 (1 being lowest and 5 being highest) and competency level on a scale of 1 to 7 (1 being lowest and 5 being highest).

   
Work ActivityImportanceCompetence
Interacting With Computers4.875.43
Making Decisions and Solving Problems4.475.23
Thinking Creatively4.085.95
Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge4.045.92
Getting Information3.914.08

Software Developers Work styles

Below are the work styles involved in being software developers according to their importance on the scale of 1 to 5 (1 being lowest and 5 being highest).

   
Work StyleImportance
Attention to Detail4.63
Analytical Thinking4.57
Dependability4.41
Initiative4.31
Adaptability/Flexibility4.2

Metro Areas Sorted by Total Employment for
Software Developers

Listed below are the 10 largest metro areas based on the total number of people employed in Software Developers jobs , as of 2018

   
Metro AreaTotal EmploymentAnnual Mean Salary
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara28,290 $147,520
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim23,300 $125,770
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward17,090 $137,260
Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue14,820 $122,840
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington11,870 $111,410
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell11,080 $106,050
Baltimore-Columbia-Towson8,570 $121,190
San Diego-Carlsbad8,300 $116,650
Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale7,700 $102,300
Austin-Round Rock7,640 $112,180

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Total employment and salary for professions similar to software developers

Source : 2018 Occupational Employment Statistics and 2016-26 Employment Projections, Bureau of Labor Statistics, BLS.gov; O*NET® 23.1 Database, O*NET OnLine, National Center for O*NET Development, Employment & Training Administration, U.S. Department of Labor, onetonline.org

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