Python DeveloperJob Description, Salary, Career Path, and Trends

Python developers write code using the Python programming language. They are involved in all aspects of back-end development, debugging, and implementation of new applications to meet business needs. They collaborate with other teams to understand user requirements and provide solutions. They also improve the functionality of existing applications. Python developers must have a high level of expertise in at least one Python framework, such as Django, Flask, or Pyramid. They need to understand front-end technologies, like JavaScript and HTML, as part of their job is to integrate applications.

Python developers do a variety of things using the Python language, including machine learning, data analytics and visualization, producing applications, as well as developing web services, games, and languages. They must have good collaborative skills as they work closely with web developers, software engineers, and clients to produce engaging, functional software. Python developers need to have a strong familiarity with testing and debugging tools. Solid analytical skills, the ability to troubleshoot effectively, and excellent project management skills.

Sample job description #1

As a member of our Software Engineering Group, we look first and foremost for people who are passionate around solving business problems through innovation and engineering practices. You’ll be required to apply your depth of knowledge and expertise to all aspects of the software development lifecycle, as well as partner continuously with your many stakeholders on a daily basis to stay focused on common goals. We embrace a culture of experimentation and constantly strive for improvement and learning. You’ll work in a collaborative, trusting, thought-provoking environment that encourages diversity of thought and creative solutions that are in the best interests of our customers globally.

This role requires a wide variety of strengths and capabilities, including:

  • BS/BA degree or equivalent experience
  • Advanced knowledge of application, data, and infrastructure architecture disciplines
  • Understanding of architecture and design across all systems
  • Working proficiency in developmental toolsets
  • Knowledge of industry wide technology trends and best practices
  • Ability to work in large, collaborative teams to achieve organizational goals, and passionate about building an innovative culture
  • Proficiency in one or more modern programming languages – Python
  • Understanding of software skills such as business analysis, development, maintenance and software improvement
  • 4 years experience working in UNIX, SQL, Spark Software, Python, and Scala
  • Understanding of architecting, designing, and Integrating solutions in a large-scale enterprise of highly distributed applications
  • Good to have AWS/Cloud certifications and knowledge of AWS/Cloud Data, Analytics, ML services

Sample job description #2

The expertise we’re looking for

  • Bachelor’s or Master’s Degree in a technology related field (e.g. Engineering, Computer Science, etc.) required
  • Strong knowledge of Python object-oriented programming
  • Extensive development experience with SQL and Relational Database systems like Oracle and Postgres
  • Some experience with Data Warehousing, Data Marts, and ETL
  • Experience with REST API’s, Snowflake, Big Data, AWS, and Cloud technologies is a Plus
  • Experience with DevOps, Continuous Integration and Continuous Delivery (Maven, Jenkins, Stash, Ansible, Docker) is a plus
  • Experience in Agile methodologies (Kanban and SCRUM) is a plus

The skills you bring

  • Ability to deal with ambiguity and work in fast paced environment
  • Excellent communication skills, both through written and verbal channels
  • Excellent collaboration skills to work with multiple teams in the organization

The value you deliver

  • Ability to think out of box and design end-to-end solutions
  • Passion and intellectually curiosity to learn new technologies and business areas
  • Exploring new technology trends and leveraging them to simplify our data ecosystem
  • Collaborating with internal and external teams to deliver technology solutions for the business needs
  • Working on teams to improve development agility and productivity
  • Delivering system automation by setting up continuous integration/continuous delivery pipelines

Sample job description #3

We’re looking for a Python Developer to aid us in our mission to improve human health and quality of life.

Schrödinger is on the cutting edge of computational drug discovery and materials science. Our platform is used by researchers and companies around the world and drives our own internal drug discovery projects.

As a member of our Python Development team, you’ll play a key role in writing and maintaining GUI, workflow, and application code across a broad range of scientific products.

Who will love this job

  • A Python programmer who’s passionate about building well-designed, well-tested, and user-oriented software
  • A scientist at heart with an interest in simulations and modeling
  • A natural collaborator who enjoys interacting both within the team and across departments

What you’ll do

  • Write clear, highly-organized, maintainable Python code
  • Adopt good software engineering practices and methodologies
  • Build complex software with many interacting parts

What you should have

  • Solid grasp of object-oriented programming principles
  • Familiarity with writing unit tests and test-driven development
  • Some background in chemistry, biology, or physics and familiarity with scientific language and concepts
  • Experience in GUI development and/or large, complex codebases preferred, but not required

Average salary and compensation

The average salary for a Python developer is $104,200 per year in the United States, with some employers paying an annual bonus. Salary will depend on the level of experience, company size, and geographical location. 

LocationSalary LowSalary High
Phoenix, Arizona$103,450$139,950
Los Angeles, California$116,700$157,850
Denver, Colorado$97,250$131,550
Washington, DC$118,450$160,250
Miami, Florida$96,800$130,950
Orlando, Florida$89,300$120,800
Tampa, Florida$90,150$122,000
Atlanta, Georgia$94,600$127,950
Chicago, Illinois$108,750$147,100
Boston, Massachusetts$117,550$159,050
Minneapolis-St.Paul, Minnesota$93,700$126,800
New York City, New York$123,750$167,450
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania$100,800$136,350
Dallas, Texas$98,100$132,750
Houston, Texas$97,700$132,150
Seattle, Washington$113,150$153,100
National Average$88,400$119,600

Sample interview questions

  • Can you explain what Python is?
  • What are its benefits?
  • What’s a dynamically typed language?
  • Can you explain PEP8 and why it’s important?
  • What’s Scope?
  • What are the common built-in data types?
  • Can you explain “pass”?
  • Can you explain modules and packages?
  • Can you explain break, continue, and pass?
  • What are unit tests?
  • What’s docstring?
  • What’s slicing?
  • How is memory managed?
  • How are namespaces used?
  • What’s Scope Resolution?
  • Can you explain Lambda?

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