Software Development FAQs

DeVry’s online software development degree was created with robust syllabi and courses to help you pursue your professional goals in the tech industry. Learn more about software developers and the field:

What degree do you need to be a software developer?

Most software developer positions require a software development degree or equivalent computer programming degree. DeVry’s online Bachelor’s in Software Development helps prepare students with the skills and competencies needed to launch a successful career in software development.


How long does it take to become a software developer?

You can earn your Bachelor’s Degree in Software Development from DeVry in 2 years and 8 months1, possibly sooner with qualifying transfer credits. With DeVry’s stackable credits, you can save time and money by applying certification credits or associate degree credits toward a Bachelor’s in Software Development degree.


What do software developers do?

Software developers are responsible for a variety of important tasks and must be able to apply critical and analytical thinking to identify complex problems, evaluate options and implement solutions. Specific tasks can include data acquisition, storage, interpretation and management; development of predictive analytics and machine learning tools; and designing applications that integrate with wearables, IoT and smart devices.


Where do software developers work?

Those who earn a software development degree are prepared to work for a variety of organizations, including computer systems design firms, electronic product manufacturing companies, and software publishers. Other career pathways can include tech startup companies or teaching positions within academia.


Is software development for me?

If you are someone who is fascinated by technology, has an inquisitive and problem-solving mind, and is eager to join a fast-growing, in-demand profession2, a career in software development can be an excellent choice.

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1Not including breaks. Assumes year-round, full-time enrollment.
2https://www.bls.gov/ooh/computer-and-information-technology/software-developers.htm