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Information Technology – Software Developer

If you’re a problem solver who wants to stay on the cutting edge of technology, Gateway’s IT – Software Developer associate degree helps make computer programming an attainable career for you. Prepare for next-generation technology as you build a portfolio with marketable job skills geared to meet the demands of a shifting economic landscape. This program teaches the latest skills based on  local employers’ needs and industry trends, so you always stay fresh.

  • Get hands-on software experience with individual and team projects developing applications, databases and websites in core classes, as well as games and mobile apps through elective courses. 
  • Gain real-world experience with a host of the latest computer technology, including the top proprietary and open source platforms, as well as object-oriented and procedure-oriented languages. 
  • Enjoy flexible learning schedules with virtual and face-to-face classes and labs outfitted with the latest hardware and software.
  • Network with industry professionals at the Wisconsin Midrange Computer Professional Association (WMCPA) annual conference as well as through the national COMMON professional organization. 
  • Earn competitive wages in this in-demand field. Programmer/analysts, software developers and application developers can earn up to $88,608 annually.
Program Credits



Racine Campus

Financial Aid Eligible


Estimated Program Cost

Tuition & Fees: $10,058
Books & Supplies: $4,148

Start Dates


Salary Outlook


Career Opportunities: Programmer/Analyst, Software Developer, Application Developer, IBM i Junior Developer / Support Technician, Software Engineer.

IT – Software Developer Career Pathway

Career Pathways are designed to help you reach your educational goals and explore college and career options. Pathways are made up of related certificates, diplomas and degrees that build on common skills and knowledge. You can begin at any point on the Career Pathway and customize your pathway to fit your goals. View the pathway for your area of interest.