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Working As An Application Lead

  • Interacting With Computers
  • Thinking Creatively
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems
  • Getting Information
  • Analyzing Data or Information
  • Mostly Sitting

  • $109,569

    Average Salary

What Does An Application Lead Do

Software developers are the creative minds behind computer programs. Some develop the applications that allow people to do specific tasks on a computer or another device. Others develop the underlying systems that run the devices or that control networks.

Duties

Software developers typically do the following:

  • Analyze users’ needs and then design, test, and develop software to meet those needs
  • Recommend software upgrades for customers’ existing programs and systems
  • Design each piece of an application or a system and plan how the pieces will work together
  • Create a variety of models and diagrams (such as flowcharts) that instruct programmers how to write software code
  • Ensure that a program continues to function normally through software maintenance and testing
  • Document every aspect of an application or a system as a reference for future maintenance and upgrades
  • Collaborate with other computer specialists to create optimum software

Software developers are in charge of the entire development process for a software program. They may begin by asking how the customer plans to use the software. They must identify the core functionality that users need from software programs. Software developers must also determine user requirements that are unrelated to the functionality of software, such as the level of security and performance needs. They design the program and then give instructions to programmers, who write computer code and test it.

If the program does not work as expected or if testers find it too difficult to use, software developers go back to the design process to fix the problems or improve the program. After the program is released to the customer, a developer may perform upgrades and maintenance.

Developers usually work closely with computer programmers. However, in some companies, developers write code themselves instead of giving instructions to the programmers.

Developers who supervise a software project from the planning stages through implementation sometimes are called information technology (IT) project managers. These workers monitor the project’s progress to ensure that it meets deadlines, standards, and cost targets. IT project managers who plan and direct an organization’s IT department or IT policies are included in the profile on computer and information systems managers.

The following are examples of types of software developers:

Applications software developers design computer applications, such as word processors and games, for consumers. They may create custom software for a specific customer or commercial software to be sold to the general public. Some applications software developers create complex databases for organizations. They also create programs that people use over the Internet and within a company’s intranet.

Systems software developers create the systems that keep computers functioning properly. These could be operating systems for computers that the general public buys or systems built specifically for an organization. Often, systems software developers also build the system’s interface, which is what allows users to interact with the computer. Systems software developers are creating the operating systems that control most of the consumer electronics in use today, including the systems in phones or cars.

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How To Become An Application Lead

Software developers usually have a bachelor’s degree in computer science and strong computer programming skills.

Education

Software developers usually have a bachelor’s degree, typically in computer science, software engineering, or a related field. A degree in mathematics is also acceptable. Computer science degree programs are the most common, because they tend to cover a broad range of topics. Students should focus on classes related to building software in order to better prepare themselves for work in the occupation. For some positions, employers may prefer a master’s degree.

Although writing code is not their first priority, developers must have a strong background in computer programming. They usually gain this experience in school. Throughout their career, developers must keep up to date on new tools and computer languages.

Software developers also need skills related to the industry in which they work. Developers working in a bank, for example, should have knowledge of finance so that they can understand a bank’s computing needs.

Other Experience

Many students gain experience in software development by completing an internship at a software company while in college.

Some software developers first work as computer programmers and then are given more responsibility as they gain experience. Eventually, they become developers.

Advancement

Software developers can advance to become information technology (IT) project managers, also called computer and information systems managers, a position in which they oversee the software development process.

Important Qualities

Analytical skills. Developers must analyze users’ needs and then design software to meet those needs.

Communication skills. Developers must be able to give clear instructions to others working on a project. They must also explain to their customers how the software works and answer any questions that arise.

Computer skills. Developers must understand computer capabilities and programming languages in order to design effective software.

Creativity. Developers are the creative minds behind new computer software.

Detail oriented. Developers often work on many parts of an application or system at the same time and must therefore be able to concentrate and pay attention to detail.

Interpersonal skills. Software developers must be able to work well with others who contribute to designing, developing, and programming successful software.

Problem-solving skills. Because developers are in charge of software from beginning to end, they must be able to solve problems that arise throughout the design process.

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Application Lead Career Paths

Application Lead
Manager Applications Development Information Technology Consultant Information Systems Manager
Application Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Architect And Developer Solutions Architect Senior Manager
Director Of Enterprise Architecture
14 Yearsyrs
Senior Project Manager Contractor/Consultant Senior Software Engineer
Director Of Software Development
12 Yearsyrs
Solutions Architect Senior Manager Senior Information Technology Manager
Director, Applications
12 Yearsyrs
Architect And Developer Project Manager Senior Manager
Practice Leader
11 Yearsyrs
Senior Project Manager Engineering Director Chief Technology Officer
President & Chief Technology Officer
13 Yearsyrs
Program Manager Senior Project Manager
Senior Delivery Manager
12 Yearsyrs
Solutions Architect Software Development Manager
Senior Development Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Information Technology Project Manager Information Technology Director
Senior Director Of Information & Technology
13 Yearsyrs
Lead Technician Project Leader Information Technology Project Manager
Senior Information Technology Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Quality Assurance Lead Information Technology Specialist Information Systems Manager
Senior Manager-Systems
11 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Senior Project Manager
Senior Technical Program Manager
12 Yearsyrs
Information Technology Project Manager Principal Consultant Solutions Architect
Solutions Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Program Manager Product Manager
Technical Product Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Information Technology Project Manager Adjunct Instructor Creative Director
User Experience Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Lead Application Developer Manager Applications Development Application Development Director
Vice President Of Application Development
11 Yearsyrs
Lead Technician Systems Administrator Information Technology Director
Vice President Of Information Technology
12 Yearsyrs
Lead Application Developer Lead Developer Director Of Software Development
Vice President Of Software Engineering
14 Yearsyrs
Quality Assurance Lead Engineering Manager Director Of Software Development
Vice President, Software Development
11 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Application Lead 3.0 years
Lead Developer 2.5 years
Module Lead 2.0 years
Top Employers Before
Consultant 7.3%
Developer 6.2%
Programmer 3.6%
Top Employers After
Consultant 6.2%

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Application Lead Demographics

Gender

Male

72.0%

Female

25.7%

Unknown

2.2%
Ethnicity

White

46.1%

Asian

25.0%

Hispanic or Latino

11.8%

Black or African American

9.8%

Unknown

7.2%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

46.2%

French

15.4%

German

7.7%

Yoruba

7.7%

Japanese

7.7%

Cantonese

7.7%

Mandarin

7.7%
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Application Lead Education

Schools

Rochester Institute of Technology

8.1%

University of Phoenix

8.1%

University of Houston

7.0%

University of Texas at Arlington

5.8%

Wayne State University

5.8%

DePaul University

5.8%

University of Michigan - Dearborn

4.7%

National University

4.7%

Pittsburg State University

4.7%

Illinois Institute of Technology

4.7%

George Washington University

4.7%

Michigan State University

4.7%

University of Oklahoma

4.7%

More Tech Institute

4.7%

Cornell University

4.7%

University of Alabama

3.5%

Florida International University

3.5%

Western Governors University

3.5%

University of Colorado at Colorado Springs

3.5%

Central Michigan University

3.5%
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Majors

Computer Science

21.5%

Business

16.9%

Computer Engineering

7.7%

Electrical Engineering

7.5%

Information Technology

5.6%

Management Information Systems

5.3%

Computer Information Systems

4.8%

Computer Applications

4.4%

Accounting

3.6%

Engineering

3.4%

Management

2.9%

Finance

2.4%

Information Systems

2.4%

Project Management

2.2%

Marketing

1.9%

Computer Networking

1.5%

Economics

1.5%

Psychology

1.5%

Mechanical Engineering

1.5%

Mathematics

1.5%
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Degrees

Bachelors

44.2%

Masters

36.4%

Other

11.0%

Associate

3.4%

Doctorate

2.2%

Certificate

1.5%

Diploma

1.3%
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Real Application Lead Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
SAP Application Development Technical Lead KLC Consulting Inc. Tallahassee, FL Oct 14, 2016 $160,000
Application Development Lead Jpmorgan Chase & Co. New York, NY May 16, 2016 $160,000
Application Development Lead-Appian First Republic Bank San Francisco, CA Jan 18, 2016 $155,000
Enterprise Business Applications Lead Intuitive Surgical Operations, Inc. Sunnyvale, CA Apr 22, 2016 $150,008 -
$170,008
Saas Applications Lead M. Arthur Gensler Jr. and Associates Inc. San Francisco, CA May 25, 2016 $150,000
Technical Lead-Applications PMC-Sierra Us, Inc. Sunnyvale, CA Dec 14, 2015 $145,500 -
$156,000
Java Application Development Lead Jpmorgan Chase & Co. NJ May 09, 2016 $145,000
Application Development and Maintenance Cluster Lead Axis Specialty U.S. Services Inc. Berkeley Heights, NJ Jan 05, 2016 $145,000
Oracle Financials Application Leader RH Us, LLC. Corte Madera, CA Oct 26, 2015 $145,000
Applications Development Lead Jpmorgan Chase & Co San Francisco, CA Jul 08, 2015 $143,000
Enterprise Business Application Lead Intuitive Surgical Operations, Inc. Sunnyvale, CA Oct 15, 2015 $142,376 -
$164,000
Applications Development Lead Jpmorgan Chase & Co. Wilmington, DE Jun 27, 2016 $140,000
Application Lead Accenture LLP Saint Louis, MO Oct 03, 2016 $138,400
IT Application Delivery Lead Blue Shield of California San Francisco, CA Dec 01, 2016 $121,000 -
$150,100
Applications Development Lead Niagara Bottling, LLC Ontario, CA Sep 13, 2016 $120,910
Applications Development Lead Jpmorgan Chase & Co. Columbus, OH Jun 20, 2016 $120,000
SR. Application Lead Pantar Solutions Inc. Parkton, NC Aug 17, 2015 $120,000
BI Application Delivery Lead Rapid Global Business Solutions, Inc. Auburn Hills, MI Nov 25, 2015 $118,000
Application Lead-Data Applications Axis Specialty U.S. Services Inc. Alpharetta, GA Dec 01, 2016 $117,000
Global SAP Application Development Lead AIG Enterprise Services, LLC Houston, TX Aug 31, 2015 $116,126
Application Development Lead Jpmorgan Chase & Co. Columbus, OH Dec 02, 2015 $102,300
Application Development Technology Lead AON Service Corporation Chicago, IL Apr 10, 2016 $102,058
Application Lead Gartner, Inc. Fort Myers, FL Sep 06, 2016 $101,000
Application Lead Gartner, Inc. Fort Myers, FL Apr 04, 2016 $101,000
Salesforce.Com Application Lead Accenture LLP Southborough, MA Apr 15, 2015 $100,500
Application Technical Lead Accident Fund Insurance Company of America Lansing, MI Aug 29, 2016 $100,000 -
$110,000
Application Technology Lead Abbvie Inc. North Chicago, IL Jul 01, 2016 $100,000 -
$114,250
Application Lead Gartner, Inc. Austin, TX Sep 20, 2015 $100,000 -
$115,000

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Top Skills for An Application Lead

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  1. Web
  2. Data Warehouse
  3. Pl/Sql
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  • Developed and implemented web service for communication with Message Broker a Java Messaging interface.
  • Received multiple Special Recognition Awards for the outstanding contribution towards data warehouse development.
  • Created PL/SQL packages, reporting views and procedures to support the metrics that were being developed within the team.
  • Collaborated with IT upper management and outsourced developers, resulting in establishing effective best practices, procedures, and business requirements.
  • Coordinated development efforts of three other developers and overall direction of application development for Naval Special Warfare Command.

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