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Why Software Developer Is the No. 1 Job of 2023

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Software developers are well paid, in demand, and often work on dynamic teams.

Software developer is the top job of 2023, up four spots from last year, according to U.S. News & World Report's 100 Best Jobs rankings. Experts cite the importance of software to leverage emerging technologies, a global shortage of technologists, and the need for businesses to keep up-to-date in this field.

Software developers are in demand in almost every industry, and can play a central role when companies implement technological upgrades. The median salary for software developers is $120,730.

"Software development as a career is the best place for creative people to invent this future," says Thomas Longstaff, chief technology officer of the Software Engineering Institute at Carnegie Mellon University. "The excitement of creating capability that changes the lives of people for the better makes a software career very attractive."

From U.S. News & World Report
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