Virginia Beach is a young city. Though it is very old, and celebrates its origins with the 1607 arrival of Jamestown's colonists, the city has a distinctly young feel, due in part to the median age of its 448,000 residents, 35 years old. This is younger by two years than the median age for Virginians, and just about two years younger than the national average (36.8 years). As Virginia's most populous city, Virginia Beach is diverse, constantly alive with excitement, and open to opportunity. Its young residents seeking careers in 21st century skills, such as software development, can look right in their hometown for excellent education and job opportunities. And of course, being so close to the ocean certainly doesn't hurt.
Software Development Training
Virginia Beach is home to ECPI University's Greenwich Road campus, just off Newtown Road and I-264. Among the many program offerings, software development has been and is a popular choice for Virginia Beach students. A software development bachelor's degree can be yours in only 2.5 years of year-round, hands-on classes. Designed with immediate employability in mind, the software development curriculum is rigorous and forward-looking. In addition to courses designed to familiarize students with the world of business, the software development concentration includes current best practices. Students learn Object Oriented Programming (OOP), web application development, cloud application development, and more. All this deep understanding takes place in a supportive, community-minded atmosphere.
Virginia Beach Campus Clubs
The Virginia Beach campus of ECPI University reflects the wealth of talent the city offers. Students can join many clubs both to further their careers and expand their network of friends and acquaintances. As a software development student, you may feel right at home with any of these clubs:
- Business Club
- Golden Key Honor Society
- IEEE (Association for the Advancement of Technology)
- Mobile Application Development Club
- Network Security Club
- Players (Gaming) Club
- Robotics Club
- Software Development Club
- Student Veterans of America
Campus and Community
ECPI University supports the spirit of giving back to our communities. In Virginia Beach, our students are active in worthwhile causes such as the American Red Cross, the Up Center, and Navy SEAL Foundation. Our fortunate students are in many ways more mature and wise beyond their years at ECPI University; often, working with these local charities helps them see that, as the old saying goes, to whom much is given, much is expected. From donating blood to donating time with children in need, ECPI University students, faculty and staff are proud to be part of the Virginia Beach community.
The Business Community in Virginia Beach
Software development students in Virginia Beach can tap into the strong partnerships the University has forged with local businesses, from Suffolk and Chesapeake to Norfolk and beyond. These companies provide externships, hire our graduates, and help keep our curriculum fresh and useful. Among the companies you may be working with while attending ECPI University:
- Cox Communications
- 360IT Partners
Software Development Certifications As a software development student, you naturally hope to take valuable credentialing exams to make yourself even more valuable to local and national employers. The experts at TomsITPro identified five top certifications ideal for the software developer's toolbox:
- Microsoft Certified Solutions Developer (MCSD)-This encompasses five different certifications, including Windows Store Apps (using either HTML5 or C#), Web Applications, SharePoint Applications, Azure Solutions Architect or Application Lifecycle Management
- Adobe Certified Expert (ACE) -for Adobe's tools and development platforms like ColdFusion, Flex, and LiveCycle
- (ISC)2 Certified Secure Software Lifecycle Professional (CSSLP)-CSSLP recognizes your core competency in securing applications throughout the software development lifecycle
- Google Apps Certified Deployment Specialist-This examination covers technical fundamentals, configuration and migration, mobile deployment and access, and API basics
- C and C++-Earn your C Programming Language Certified Associate (CLA), C++ Certified Associate Programmer (CPA), or C++ Certified Professional Programmer (CPP) certification
Virginia Beach Career Opportunities for Developers
While Virginia Beach is rightly noted for its thriving tourism industry, it also has a rich and diverse industrial base. Local businesses from advanced manufacturing to biomedical and life sciences, from defense industries to information services all call for highly skilled, knowledgeable software developers. Local businesses include:
- Allied Technology
- AMSEC LLC
- Architectural Graphics Inc.
- Doma Technologies
- Electronic Systems
- Engility Corporation
- Lifenet Health
- M & G Electronics Corporation
- Sentara Healthcare
Whether manufacturing high-tech components for today's electronics or providing essential healthcare to Virginia Beach residents, these companies all share a common need for software that works across multiple platforms. They need to stay connected, they need to attract clients and customers, and they need the skills of well-educated software developers.
Software Developer Salary & Growth Outlook
The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) catalogs data on just about every job in the United States. Software developers are a hot ticket. The BLS projects job growth in the profession to run at 17 percent through 2024, a pace 10 percentage points higher than the national average. This means opportunity for the properly educated, highly skilled software developer in either applications or systems software.
Earn Your Degree in Software Development
ECPI University's Virginia Beach campus could be an excellent way to begin your career in software development. Pursue a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer and Information Science with a concentration in Software Development and you could earn your degree in as few as 2.5 years. You can graduate quickly, look to local businesses for your first job as a software developer, and stay close to home. So go ahead, walk the magnificent, three-mile Virginia Beach boardwalk, and then head over to ECPI University to walk into your future as a software developer. Contact ECPI University online today or get in touch with an admissions advisor at (844) 611-0618.