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Software Developer

Curriculum code 1305

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This program prepares students with programming skills that will, when combined with a degree and industry experience, provide the background for entry-level or trainee software development positions. Information technology professionals also may pursue this program to enhance their versatility and career advancement potential.

Within this certificate's courses, students will gain hands-on experience using at least two programming languages selecting from C#, Java, iPhone, Android, and Visual Basic. Software development life cycle issues including solution conception, design, implementation, and testing are addressed with hands-on experiences using the latest hardware and software development tools. Students expand on their breadth of knowledge by selecting from database, web design/development, eCommerce, and Microsoft Office application integration course options.

Nature of Work—This program is designed to qualify you as a Software Developer. Software developers design and update the software that runs a computer. Because they are responsible for both programming and systems analysis/design, these workers must be proficient in both areas. Increasingly, software developers work with databases, object-oriented programming languages, as well as client-server applications development, Web applications, embedded systems, mobile applications, and multimedia and Internet technology.

Related Job Titles—Programmer, Systems Analyst, Software Developer, Application Programmer, and Web Developer

Employment Outlook—According to ccbenefits.com, Business and Financial Operations is among the occupation groups projected for the largest growth in Illinois and Cook County through the year 2015. Competition among businesses will continue to create an incentive for increasingly sophisticated technological innovations, and organizations will need more computer software engineers to implement these changes. In addition to jobs created through employment growth, many job openings will result annually from the need to replace workers who move into managerial positions, transfer to other occupations, or leave the labor force.

Earnings—The Bureau of Labor and Statistics reports median annual earnings of computer systems software engineers who worked full time in May 2008 were about $92,430. The middle 50 percent earned between $73,200 and $113,960. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $57,810, and the highest 10 percent earned more than $135,780. Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2010-2011

For job and internship listings and job search assistance, contact the Job Resource Center, Student Services Center, S202, at (708) 974-5737. www.morainevalley.edu/jrc

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