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Software Developers & Software Quality Assurance Analysts & Testers

What They Do:

  • Analyze information to determine, recommend, and plan installation of a new system or modification of an existing system.
  • Analyze user needs and software requirements to determine feasibility of design within time and cost constraints.
  • Confer with data processing or project managers to obtain information on limitations or capabilities for data processing projects.
  • Confer with systems analysts, engineers, programmers and others to design systems and to obtain information on project limitations and capabilities, performance requirements and interfaces.
  • Consult with customers or other departments on project status, proposals, or technical issues, such as software system design or maintenance.

Source: O*NET (2021)

Sample Job Titles:

  1. Application Developer
  2. Application Integration Engineer
  3. Infrastructure Engineer
  4. Network Engineer
  5. Software Engineer

Source: O*NET (2021)

Outlook in the Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD MSA (Metropolitan Statistical Area)

Employment (Q1 2021) 15,538
Projected Annual Growth 1.8%
Average Entry Level Salary $71,100
Median Salary $115,300

Source: Burning Glass Technologies’ Labor Insight™ Real-time Labor Market Information tool. Analysis conducted in October 2021 by Greater Washington Partnership. Data above represents job postings from the past 12 months (January 2020 - December 2020).

Supply-Demand Snapshot: Software Developers & Software Quality Assurance Analysts & Testers (all levels)
Entry Level Job Ads
18,330
Current Workforce
15,538

Source: Burning Glass Technologies’ Labor Insight™ Real-time Labor Market Information tool. Analysis conducted in October 2021 by Greater Washington Partnership. Data above represents job postings from the past 12 months (January 2020 - December 2020).

Preferred Certifications

(requested in at least 10% of entry level jobs requiring up through a bachelor’s degree)

  • Security Clearance (18%)

Top 10 Skills Requested

(entry level jobs requiring up through a bachelor’s degree)

  • Software Development
  • Software Engineering
  • Java
  • Javascript
  • SQL
  • Python
  • Linux
  • C++
  • Git
  • Agile Development

Source: Greater Washington Partnership Analysis of Burning Glass data, Q1 2021

Outlook in the Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV MSA MSA (Metropolitan Statistical Area)

Employment (Q1 2021) 64,690
Projected Annual Growth 2.1%
Average Entry Level Salary $75,100
Median Salary $117,500

Source: Burning Glass Technologies’ Labor Insight™ Real-time Labor Market Information tool. Analysis conducted in October 2021 by Greater Washington Partnership. Data above represents job postings from the past 12 months (January 2020 - December 2020).

Supply-Demand Snapshot: Software Developers & Software Quality Assurance Analysts & Testers (all levels)
Entry Level Job Ads
60,547
Current Workforce
64,690

Source: Burning Glass Technologies’ Labor Insight™ Real-time Labor Market Information tool. Analysis conducted in October 2021 by Greater Washington Partnership. Data above represents job postings from the past 12 months (January 2020 - December 2020).

Preferred Certifications

(requested in at least 10% of entry level jobs requiring up through a bachelor’s degree)

  • Security Clearance (24%)

Top 10 Skills Requested

(entry level jobs requiring up through a bachelor’s degree)

  • Java
  • Software Development
  • Javascript
  • SQL
  • Software Engineering
  • Python
  • Linux
  • DevOps
  • Git
  • Scrum

Source: Greater Washington Partnership Analysis of Burning Glass data, Q1 2021

Outlook in the Richmond, VA MSA MSA (Metropolitan Statistical Area)

Employment (Q1 2021) 6,603
Projected Annual Growth 2.0%
Average Entry Level Salary $ 73,800
Median Salary $ 102,900

Source: Burning Glass Technologies’ Labor Insight™ Real-time Labor Market Information tool. Analysis conducted in October 2021 by Greater Washington Partnership. Data above represents job postings from the past 12 months (January 2020 - December 2020).

Supply-Demand Snapshot: Software Developers & Software Quality Assurance Analysts & Testers (all levels)
Entry Level Job Ads
7,644
Current Workforce
6,603

Source: Burning Glass Technologies’ Labor Insight™ Real-time Labor Market Information tool. Analysis conducted in October 2021 by Greater Washington Partnership. Data above represents job postings from the past 12 months (January 2020 - December 2020).

Preferred Certifications

(requested in at least 10% of entry level jobs requiring up through a bachelor’s degree)

Top 10 Skills Requested

(entry level jobs requiring up through a bachelor’s degree)

  • Java
  • SQL
  • Software Development
  • JavaScript
  • Software Engineering
  • DevOps
  • Python
  • Microsoft C#
  • .NET
  • Oracle

Source: Greater Washington Partnership Analysis of Burning Glass data, Q1 2021

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