Have You Thought of a Career as a Software Developer?
January 13, 2015
It's a wonderful day at wemakisolutions, LLC. Have you given any thought to becoming a Software Developer? I came across this information from the US Bureau of Labor Statistics about the anticipated growth of the field. The salary range in the field is:
The median annual wage for applications software developers was $90,060 in May 2012. The median wage is the wage at which half the workers in an occupation earned more than that amount and half earned less. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $55,190, and the top 10 percent earned more than $138,880.
The median annual wage for systems software developers was $99,000 in May 2012. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $62,800, and the top 10 percent earned more than $148,850.In May 2012, the median annual wages for applications software developers in the top four industries in which these developers worked were as follows:
Computer and electronic product manufacturing $97,960
Software publishers $96,920
Finance and insurance $91,970
Computer systems design and related services $88,500
In May 2012, the median annual wages for systems software developers in the top four industries in which these developers worked were as follows:
Computer and electronic product manufacturing $105,030
Finance and insurance $99,940
Software publishers $99,750
Computer systems design and related services $98,500
Most software developers work full time, and long hours are common. More than a quarter worked more than 40 hours per week in 2012.
Employment of software developers is projected to grow 22 percent from 2012 to 2022, much faster than the average for all occupations. Employment of applications developers is projected to grow 23 percent, and employment of systems developers is projected to grow 20 percent.
The main reason for the rapid growth is a large increase in the demand for computer software. Mobile technology requires new applications. The healthcare industry is greatly increasing its use of computer systems and applications. Also, concerns over threats to computer security could result in more investment in security software to protect computer networks and electronic infrastructure.
Systems developers are likely to see new opportunities because of an increase in the number of products that use software. For example, computer systems are built into consumer electronics, such as cell phones, and into other products that are becoming computerized, such as appliances. In addition, an increase in software offered over the Internet should lower costs and allow more customization for businesses, also increasing demand for software developers.
You might want to consider this as a career path.
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