Why Software Developer May Be The Career For You

Danielle Sol, Lead Recruiter – Junior Talent Programs, Genesis 10

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In September 2019, which certainly was a far different time, demand for software developers was forecast to grow 21% through 2028, much faster than the average for all occupations.

Despite the devastating effects of the pandemic on the job market, new job postings for IT occupations still totaled more than 220,000 nationwide in May 2020, according to CompTIA. Software developers and application developers are still in highest demand, with an estimated 69,300 job postings. Companies are also seeking IT support specialists, systems engineers and architects, systems analysts and web developers. Industries with the most job postings for IT professionals include professional, scientific and technical services, finance and insurance and manufacturing.

With a still rosy jobs outlook, the role of software developer is a promising career choice for recent STEM graduates who are now looking for just the right opportunity.

Experience Needed—How Do I Get It?

Genesis10’s Dev10 program is built for college graduates with a STEM degree interested in launching a Software Developer career. Most candidates I speak to for Dev10 do not have a degree in computer scienceor experience in the field. They have backgrounds in chemistry, biology, engineering, math, physics, accounting or finance.

They all have a story about how they first got interested in software development. Take Natalie, a Dev10 Associate, for example. She has a degree in Nutritional Sciences and Biochemistry with a Health Informatics internship. “I worked in research but not the technical aspects like software development,” she says. “I was always interested, but never had the opportunity.” Our goal with Dev10 is to give consultants that opportunity–to participate in a Java bootcamp, grow their skills and apply them in a corporate setting.

Overall, with Dev10, we are changing how recent STEM graduates think about launching a career as a software developer. We hire passion and potential, not experience.

Not sure if becoming a software developer is the right career move for you? Our application process is designed to help you figure out if this career path is a fit. We’ll give you an aptitude test and the chance to learn and practice some coding skills. We think it is valuable to take this time to figure out if you really want to launch a career as a software developer. If the answer is yes, then Dev10 could be the right choice to break into the field of software development–even with no experience.

This content was sponsored by the MKE Tech Hub Coalition. Learn more about us and subscribe to our newsletter at mketech.org.


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