What Skills Does a Software Developer Need in 2018?

Charisol
Charisol
May 29, 2018 · 3 min read

A recent study found that companies worth at least $10 billion had something in common. They all need more programmers. In fact, for nine out of the 10 companies analyzed, software development jobs are the highest in demand.

What makes software developers special? Let’s break down the basic skills you need to be a successful software developer.

Qualification / Certification

Although some remote programming jobs may only require certifications, it is generally required that you hold a basic degree in software development, web development, or any other related field.

Computer Programming / Coding

Understanding computer programming is a prerequisite of the job. Furthermore, developers need to know how to build something from scratch and integrate changes into existing software. This requires strong coding skills. So be ready to learn skills like code structuring, database knowledge, algorithms and data structures, amongst others.

It is essential to become familiar with programming languages and operating systems. Try to keep up with them as they evolve, and choose one to master. Basic knowledge in mobile development is also beneficial as companies are becoming more mobile-focused and need developers to build apps and mobile operating systems. Most importantly, learn how to test and debug your own code.

Logical Thinking & Problem-solving

In programming, even the smallest of errors can lead to problems, and if you can’t solve problems, you might not succeed at developing software. Being a software engineer requires structured thinking as well as the ability to think outside the box for the best answer.

Developing Your “Soft Skills”

Becoming a software developer involves more than just writing code. You need to leverage other skills to become an effective person in your workplace and earn more money. A major one is “soft skills”.

Simply put, they are interpersonal personality traits that help us to collaborate and interact with others effectively. Luckily, like all skills, they can be learned. They include:

Patience & Attention to Detail

Extreme attention to detail and patience is necessary in programming and fixing issues. Software developers may need to locate and identify even the smallest glitch in seemingly endless lines of coding in order to fix an issue.

Written Communication

Although writing still leads the way as the de facto in business communication, it is an underrated skill in a typical developer’s arsenal. As a programmer, learn to clearly express your ideas. This may take some time of practice, but the skill is an asset.

Teaching

Even if you don't consider yourself an “expert”, teaching is an important skill to have as a developer. You may end up teaching others about a topic you are more knowledgeable about than they are, and perhaps learn a thing or two in the process.

Business-savvy

Whether it is yours or not, as a software developer, you need to understand where you fit inside a business and do what you can to increase the bottom line. This is key to a business’s growth, and it can help take your career further.

Interpersonal Skills

This is essential even for remote software developers. Unless you develop software just for yourself, other people are going to influence your career as a software developer. The ability to work well on a team, communicate effectively and have the desire to learn new skills are critical traits for a well-rounded software developer.

Curiosity

Here at Charisol it is iterated that “curiosity killed the cat” does not apply to the development world! Curiosity is a strong fuel for new inventions and self-development. Experimenting helps you discover new solutions and gather valuable experience while testing your assumptions.

Today, soft skills are becoming the hard skills as it isn’t enough to simply be highly-skilled in a technical field. To stand out among hundreds of other applicants, you need to build your personal brand and show your expertise. The need for software developers isn’t going away anytime soon, so hone those skills as soon as possible.


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Charisol is a software development agency that connects remote-friendly companies with a community of talented African software developers. | www.charisol.io

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