Build real-world skills through a dynamic, project-based curriculum that reflects emerging trends and technologies
Develop critical, in-demand skills in programming languages, web application development, DevOps, AWS, software programs and more
Why earn your online software development certificate?
Because technology is constantly evolving and software development demands are always shifting, the field values people who are committed to learning. In fact, for at least three straight years, a willingness to learn has been the most important factor in businesses’ hiring decisions, according to a recent report by a consortium of software development and architecture firms.*
When you earn your online certificate in software development from Maryville, you can build a fundamental understanding of the tools, techniques, and technologies behind the software that supports a growing number of businesses and resources. Best of all, the dynamic online curriculum gives you the freedom to learn the skills relevant to your goals — on your time.
*Multiple sources, “State of Software Development Report 2020”
Dynamic, affordable, and highly streamlined.
Get personalized support. Benefit from a dedicated student support team who can assist you from application through graduation and beyond.
Learn from a streamlined curriculum. Study in-demand important topics in software development and earn your certificate in as few as six courses.
Prepare for further credentials. Complete coursework that you can apply toward a bachelor’s degree in computer science, or earn a future computer science certificate with as few as six additional courses.
Gain real-world experience. Learn from a practical, experiential program that helps you build skills you can apply to your career immediately.
Learn from leaders in software development. Engage with dedicated faculty and industry experts.
Study on your schedule. Access 100% online coursework with no campus visits required.
What can you do with your online software development certificate?
The computer science field at large is booming, with the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) projecting the job market to grow by 11% from 2019 to 2029, nearly three times the national average across all job categories. The outlook for software development careers in particular is even more promising: The BLS projects 22% growth during that same period. That amounts to hundreds of thousands of new jobs across nearly every industry.
When you earn your online certificate in software development, you can take advantage of this opportunity to find a career in a field you love — doing vital work that employers value. The potential for growth, high earnings, and job satisfaction are among the reasons U.S. News & World Report ranked software developer as the No. 2 best job in 2020.
What types of careers can I pursue?
According to the BLS, the most common field for professionals with a background in software development is computer systems design. However, your software development certificate can help you build in-demand skills that are relevant across many different industries.
When you earn your online software development certificate, you have the flexibility to pursue a career almost anywhere, or to enhance your skills even more through continued education.
Put your software development certificate to work in a variety of settings, including:
- Colleges and universities
- Computer systems design firms
- Financial services firms
- Insurance carriers
- Local, state, and government offices
- Software publishers
- Tech startups
- Video game studios
Career opportunities in software development include:
Where can your software development certificate take you?
Pursue high-salary careers
According to Indeed.com, software development is one of the most in-demand careers in the nation. You can take advantage of this demand. Your online certificate in software development can set you on the path to qualify for high-paying career options. Salaries vary depending on factors like experience, location, and education, but your certificate can help you qualify for careers like software developer ($107,510), application developer ($108,080), computer programmer ($86,550), and web developer ($73,760).*
*Median salary data based on information compiled by the BLS
Be integral to a booming field
According to the BLS, computer science careers are growing at nearly three times the average rate for all career types (4%). Some software development careers show an especially bright outlook. Your online software development certificate can help you begin to qualify for pursue high-growth careers like software developer (22% growth projected between 2019 and 2029)*, web developer (8%)*, and software quality assurance analyst (8%)**.
*Growth data based on projections by the BLS.
**Based on projections for 2018-2028 compiled by O*Net Online.
Begin or advance a rewarding career
U.S. News & World Report lists software developer No. 2 on its list of the best jobs in America, citing not only high wages and low unemployment, but also high flexibility, upward mobility, and satisfaction. Software developers and programmers often enjoy a high degree of autonomy, and many employers offer benefits like remote work, tuition reimbursement, and profit sharing.
Why choose Maryville Online’s software development certificate?
Build the skills to thrive
Our online certificate in software development is designed to help you build a comprehensive knowledge base to utilize in areas like software creation, web development, DevOps, and computer programming. We believe the best way to learn is to do, so we offer an experiential, project-based curriculum that can help you develop real-world skills. That means you’ll have the opportunity to learn practical techniques in software development you can apply to your career the next day.
Maximize your education investment
When you earn your software development certificate from Maryville, you can focus on the topics that can help you achieve your career goals. If you already have a college-level background in the areas covered by the curriculum, you may be eligible to switch out up to two courses (6 credit hours) with electives in other areas of computer science to ensure you get the most out of your education. You can also apply coursework toward your bachelor’s in computer science from Maryville Online (up to 18 credits).
Learn more about the online software development certificate at Maryville University.