Information Technology (IT) Software Developer

Information Technology (IT) Software Developer

Software developers create programs for computers or other devices that fill a specific need or niche within an agricultural business. They act proactively in providing suggestions in regard to product development, new services as well as technologies or enhancements to existing systems/configurations that assist the end user. This improves overall service to customers.
What Responsibilities Will I Have?: 
  • Provide technical and systems design expertise
  • Act proactively in providing suggestions
  • Develop test plans along with expected results
  • Prepare implementation and recovery plans
  • Install and test software
  • Provide on-going production support as needed
  • Provide estimates on project requests; ensure timely delivery based on the estimates
  • Participate on assigned team projects
  • Ensure that technical skills are kept up-to-date
  • Assist in the development of programming expertise
  • Promote agile practices such as continuous integration and paired programming
  • Knowledge of agricultural terminology is a plus
Recommended High School Courses: 
The following high school courses are recommended: agricultural education, computer science, computer skills, mathematics and coding.
Education/Training Required: 
A bachelor’s degree in computer science or computer engineering is required.
Future Job Market Outlook: 
Typical Employers: 
Agricultural companies that provide software solutions to producers/end users will employee software developers to create and maintain software programs.
Suggested Professional Organizations and Associations: 
  • Association of Information Technology Professionals
  • Software Development Forum
  • Association of Software Professionals
Average Annual Full-Time Salary: 
$80,000
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