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Software Developer

What is it like to be a Software Developer?

Software developers are involved with the development of computer software through the translation of written specifications into specific program units, and convert these into computer programs. They carry out a range of testing to ensure correct functionality of the programs.

Software developers work in a variety of settings including large corporations, government institutions, the communication sector, healthcare, private companies and businesses, and IT firms.

Employment level (thousands)

This data shows historical and projected employment levels (thousands) for this occupation. Data should be used as a guide only. Where exact job data has not been available, data from a related field has been used. Source: ABS Labour Force Survey.

Average weekly total cash earnings (before tax)

This data shows average weekly cash earnings for the occupation (rounded figure). These figures are indicative and cannot be used to determine a particular wage rate. Data should be used as a guide only. Source: ABS Employee Earnings and Hours, Australia, May 2014.

Is it right for me?

Software developers have an eye for detail and are involved with the development of computer software through the translation of written specifications into specific program units, and convert these into computer programs. They carry out a range of testing to ensure correct functionality of the programs.

  • Good problem solving skills
  • Ability to self-teach new concepts
  • Excellent coding ability
  • Client management and customer service skills
  • Attention to detail
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team


To become a Software Developer

To be able to become a Software Developer, your study options will change based on your previous study experience or your preferred study pathway:

Which pathway is best for you is individual in nature. Contact a career counsellor to explore these options further.

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