What is a software developer?

By Chris Devonshire | 30th January 2023

Each month, we’ll explore what specialist jobs in technology mean, what IT professionals in each field do, what they earn and what skills are in demand.

We’re kick-starting February with a roundup of technology jobs, starting with software developers. So, what is a software developer? What do they do and is it a great career  choice?

What is a software developer?

A software developer is a person who designs, builds, and maintains software systems and applications. Software Developers use programming languages and tools to write code, test and debug software, and ensure that it meets the needs of the end-user.

They also collaborate with other members of a development team, including designers, project managers, and quality assurance testers, to ensure that projects are delivered on time and to the required standards.

Software developers have a strong understanding of computer science concepts and principles, and, use their knowledge and skills to bring new software products and innovations to market.

Why is being a software developer a great career choice?

Being a software developer is a great career choice because it is a high-demand field with many opportunities for growth and advancement. Therefore, you never stop learning.

And, as technology continues to play an increasingly important role in our lives, the need for skilled software developers is only going to continue to grow. As a result, job security is up there in the list of why it is a great choice.

But there’s more:

  1. Work anywhere: Many software development jobs offer remote work options, so you can live and work wherever you want. Because companies are now shifting to remote work, which gives you the flexibility in working hours and location.
  2. Good pay: Software developers make good money, with the potential for even more as you gain experience. We’ll give you some insights into average salaries later in this blog.
  3. Be a problem solver: You get to use your creativity and tech skills to solve real-world problems and make a difference.
  4. Work-life balance: With flexible work options, you can have a great career and still have time for the things you love.
  5. Make an impact: You get to work on projects that can improve people’s lives, which is rewarding and fulfilling.

Why are companies hiring software developers?

In short, the reason why companies are hiring software developers is that companies need skilled professionals to design, create, and maintain software to meet the demands of their business.

Businesses are on a mission to improve their digital products and services, automate processes, and develop new technologies. As a result, leading to improved efficiency, scalability, and competitiveness, which is crucial to remain competitive in today’s market.

This requires software developers to work on a wide range of projects, such as building mobile apps, creating websites, designing video games, and developing software for businesses.

What can you earn as a software developer?

The salary of a software developer in the UK varies based on several factors, including experience, company size, location, and specific skillset.

Here are some approximate ranges:

  • Junior software developer: £25,000 to £35,000
  • Mid-level software developer: £35,000 to £50,000
  • Senior software developer: £50,000 to £75,000
  • Lead software developer: £75,000 to £100,000+
  • Manager/Director level: £100,000+

These are just rough estimates, and actual salaries can vary greatly depending on the factors mentioned above.

Additionally, salaries for software developers working in the finance, healthcare and government sectors may also be higher than other industries.

Software developers are in high demand

Statistics show that employment of software developers is projected to grow over the next decade, much faster than the average for all occupations.

To wrap up, there is a high demand for software developers, particularly in the technology industry. As a result, many companies are actively seeking skilled professionals to fill open positions. Talk to your Devonshire Hayes team of recruiters today to find out who’s hiring.

Or check out our latest IT jobs.

Chris Devonshire