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Software Developer


A software developer designs, develops, and tests computer software. They analyze user needs, design software solutions, write code, and test software for bugs and errors. They work closely with other developers, project managers, and end-users to ensure software is user-friendly and meets business needs.

Some of the tasks that software developers typically perform include writing and testing code, debugging and troubleshooting programs, collaborating with other developers and engineers to create new software, and maintaining and updating existing software applications. They may also work closely with clients or end-users to gather feedback and refine software products, and may be responsible for documenting software design and development processes.

There are many different types of software developers, and some may specialize in specific areas or programming languages. For example, some software developers may focus on creating mobile apps, while others may work on software for desktop computers or web applications. Some may specialize in programming languages like Java, Python, or C++, while others may work with specific software development tools like Agile or DevOps.

Common tasks 

    TaskRelated trait(s)
    Designing and developing software applications Achievement Orderliness Persistence Visual Aesthetics
    Identifying relevant tools for the problem at hand Persistence
    Maintaining a clean and error free code readable by other developers Achievement Orderliness Persistence 
    Optimizing code for fast performance Achievement Orderliness Persistence
    Developing and maintaining software documentation, including, user manuals and technical manuals Technical Communication
    Training junior developers Dutifulness Emotional Intelligence Emotional Stability
    Collaborating with other software developers, product managers, and business analysts Dutifulness Emotional Intelligence Emotional Stability Self-efficacy Technical Communication

    Soft skills measured by TraitForward

    TraitNo of QuestionsCronbach’s  alpha (α)
    Will they strive for quality and take the time and effort to care for every detail?
    How easy is it to accept a decision that is not theirs? Are they a rock star or a team player?
    Emotional Intelligence70.77
    Can a technical person combine real interest for people, their emotions and feelings?
    Emotional Stability70.80
    A bug has slipped into production, angry clients call and management is experiencing varying degrees of panic. Can they leave panic aside, understand the nature of a complex problem and devise a realistic solution?
    Can they work on the same project for years?
    Do they want to finish their tasks or leave many different tasks open?
    Security mindset60.75
    Would they prefer to err on the side of safety and security when they develop software?
    An unforeseen obstacle that includes a technology no one in the team is familiar with, arises. Have they already started reading about it? Will they take up the challenge?
    Technical Communication70.76
    Can they explain a complex technical problem in terms that anyone would understand?
    Deep thinker70.74
    How far are they going to optimize their solution? Will they only rest until the most efficient or elegant solution is implemented?
    Visual Aesthetics50.75
    How much time are they willing to spend on how thick a line should be, or what the best possible shade of blue is for a background?
    *Cronbach’s alpha coefficient (α) determines the extent to which the questions consistently measure each trait and it is expressed as a number ranging between 0 and 1 . Higher values indicate higher agreement between questions.  A value of α equal to greater than .7 indicates acceptable reliability or internal consistency.  For more information on the psychometric properties of the solution, please click here.

    Did you Know?

    Source: US Department of Labor – Bureau of Labor Statistics

    Median wage: 

    $102,930 / per year

    $49.5 / hour

    The median annual wage for this profession is $102,930. Nonetheless several professionals may not be paid in that rate. A relatively low salary the 10th percentile of the annual wage is $60,820 whilst a relatively high salary, the 90th percentile of the annual wage is $167,810

    Expected employment growth:

    Number (in thousands in 2021): 1425.9

    Number (in thousands in 2031): 1796.5

    Employment percent change: 26

    Entry Education level:

    To become a software developer, one typically needs a bachelor’s degree in computer science, software engineering, or a related field. However, many software developers also have a strong background in mathematics, physics, or other quantitative fields. Additionally, software developers must be skilled in programming and have a strong understanding of software design principles, as well as the ability to work well in teams and communicate effectively with clients or end-users. Continuing education and training are also important for staying up-to-date with the latest programming languages, development tools, and industry trends.

    Find out the psychometric properties for the Software Developer Traitforward questionnaire