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Software Developer

Find out how to become a software developer and work in the information technology industry. Discover information on salary, growth, stability and occupational expectations.

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The current average salary of an Software Developer is $93,500 - 140,000 annually

What does a Software Developer do?

Software developers design, write and test computer programmes to meet a range of technological requirements.

Read more about the information technology industry.

What are the key skills of a Software Developer?

Software developers work with computer systems writing the programme code that allows users to perform tasks as required.

  • Liaise with clients to ascertain organisation and system requirements
  • Contribute to technical design meetings
  • Write and amend programme code
  • Test and debug software and oversee pre-release trials
  • Accurately record the development process
  • Maintain computer systems

How to become a Software Developer

You can pursue a career as a Software Developer without any formal qualifications, however, most employers will prefer candidates with an educational background in computer science. You also need to prove your technical competencies for the role as well.

We recommend studying a ICT50220 - Diploma of Information Technology (Cloud Engineering) as it can give you a relevant skill set for the career pathway. This learning opportunity can help build your transferable skills in problem-solving and critical thinking, as well as the technical knowledge required for the role.

Quick facts

Working as a software developer gives you the opportunity to interact with computers and keep your technical knowledge updated to solve problems.

Employment for Software Developers is set to grow very strongly over the next five years. From 153,700 in 2020 to 199,800 by 2025.

  • Average Hours Worked
    41 full-time hours per week vs. all jobs average of 44 hours
  • Main Industries
    Information technology
  • Job Growth 
    Set to grow very strongly over the next five years. From 153,700 in 2020 to 199,800 by 2025. 

* All information on this page has been complied using figures from and the Australian Government's - all figures are indications only, and are accurate at time of publication. Please do your own research before selecting a course or career.

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