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Working As An Architect And Developer

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

  • $112,298

    Average Salary

What Does An Architect And Developer 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 Architect And Developer

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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Architect And Developer Career Paths

Architect And Developer
Business Analyst Senior Programmer Analyst
Application Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Systems Architect Project Manager Senior Manager
Director Of Enterprise Architecture
14 Yearsyrs
Enterprise Architect Senior Manager Engineering Director
Director Of Software Development
12 Yearsyrs
Principal Consultant Project Analyst Information Technology Manager
Director, Applications
12 Yearsyrs
Senior Project Manager Subject Matter Expert Information Technology Specialist
Information Systems Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Principal Consultant Consultant/Project Manager Implementation Manager
Integration Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Solutions Architect Senior Manager
Practice Leader
11 Yearsyrs
Systems Architect Architect Chief Technology Officer
President & Chief Technology Officer
13 Yearsyrs
Information Technology Project Manager Information Technology Director Business Analyst
Product Owner
9 Yearsyrs
Information Technology Project Manager Training Manager Development Manager
Senior Development Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Solutions Architect Program Manager Information Technology Director
Senior Director Of Information & Technology
13 Yearsyrs
Architect Project Manager Information Technology Project Manager
Senior Information Technology Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Business Analyst Senior Systems Analyst Systems Manager
Senior Manager-Systems
11 Yearsyrs
Architect Project Architect Senior Project Manager
Senior Technical Program Manager
12 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Program Manager Product Manager
Technical Product Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Manager Applications Development Application Development Director
Vice President Of Application Development
11 Yearsyrs
Senior Project Manager Engineering Director Director Of Software Development
Vice President Of Software Engineering
14 Yearsyrs
Software Architect Software Development Manager Director Of Software Development
Vice President, Software Development
11 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Information Technology Project Manager Information Technology Director
Vice President, Technology
11 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Software Architect 3.1 years
Lead Developer 2.5 years
Lead Architect 2.4 years
Solution Developer 2.3 years
Web Architect 2.2 years
Developer 2.2 years
Contract Developer 2.1 years
Junior Developer 1.4 years
Top Employers Before
Consultant 8.6%
Developer 8.3%
Architect 5.4%
Programmer 3.0%
Top Employers After
Architect 11.0%
Consultant 8.4%
Developer 6.0%

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Architect And Developer Demographics

Gender

Male

82.6%

Female

14.0%

Unknown

3.5%
Ethnicity

White

48.8%

Asian

25.0%

Hispanic or Latino

11.8%

Black or African American

9.3%

Unknown

5.2%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

28.6%

German

9.5%

Carrier

9.5%

Portuguese

7.1%

French

7.1%

Mandarin

4.8%

Japanese

4.8%

Russian

4.8%

Swedish

2.4%

Hebrew

2.4%

Marathi

2.4%

Norwegian

2.4%

Persian

2.4%

Hindi

2.4%

Dutch

2.4%

Korean

2.4%

Cantonese

2.4%

Italian

2.4%
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Architect And Developer Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

7.6%

Wayne State University

7.1%

University of Southern California

7.1%

Columbia University

6.5%

Boston University

5.4%

Indiana Institute of Technology

5.4%

New York University

4.9%

George Washington University

4.9%

Georgia State University

4.9%

DePaul University

4.9%

More Tech Institute

4.9%

National University

4.3%

Illinois Institute of Technology

4.3%

University of Texas at Dallas

4.3%

University of Houston

4.3%

Ohio State University

3.8%

Rochester Institute of Technology

3.8%

Stanford University

3.8%

Texas A&M University

3.8%

Carnegie Mellon University

3.8%
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Majors

Computer Science

34.8%

Business

9.2%

Electrical Engineering

7.2%

Computer Engineering

6.7%

Computer Information Systems

6.7%

Computer Applications

5.9%

Information Technology

4.3%

Engineering

3.9%

Information Systems

3.7%

Mathematics

2.9%

Finance

2.2%

Physics

1.9%

Management Information Systems

1.8%

Accounting

1.5%

Management

1.4%

Project Management

1.4%

Mechanical Engineering

1.2%

Electrical Engineering Technology

1.1%

Computer Programming

1.0%

Architecture

1.0%
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Degrees

Bachelors

42.8%

Masters

34.9%

Other

13.1%

Doctorate

2.9%

Associate

2.8%

Certificate

2.1%

Diploma

1.4%
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Real Architect And Developer Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Application Architect Flexton, Inc. San Francisco, CA Nov 29, 2016 $210,000
Application Architect IBM Corporation Coppell, TX Jun 12, 2015 $189,985
Application Architect American Stock Transfer & Trust Company, LLC Ridgefield Park, NJ Oct 24, 2016 $179,000
Internal Applications Architect Sugarcrm, Inc. Cupertino, CA Aug 31, 2015 $176,000
Web Application Architect Ancestry.Com Operations, Inc. San Francisco, CA Jan 03, 2016 $172,746
Chief Applications Architect Smartlinx Solutions, LLC Edison, NJ Feb 11, 2016 $165,214
Application Architect Accenture LLP Chicago, IL Jul 28, 2016 $164,000
Application Architect Accenture LLP Exton, PA Jul 28, 2016 $164,000
Application Architect Accenture LLP Philadelphia, PA Jul 28, 2016 $164,000
Application Architect Accenture LLP Lexington, KY Jul 28, 2016 $164,000
Application Architect Accenture LLP Philadelphia, PA Oct 01, 2015 $164,000
Application Architect Accenture LLP Exton, PA Oct 01, 2015 $164,000
Application Architect Accenture LLP Chicago, IL Oct 01, 2015 $164,000
Application Architect Best Buy Enterprise Services, Inc. Richfield, MN Jan 01, 2015 $111,000
Application Architect Best Buy Co., Inc. Richfield, MN Feb 11, 2016 $111,000
Application Architect Nordstrom, Inc. Seattle, WA Feb 23, 2015 $111,000
Technology Applications Architect Humana Insurance Company Salt Lake City, UT May 12, 2015 $110,926 -
$146,646
Application Architect U.S. Bank National Association Richfield, MN Jul 09, 2015 $110,786
Application Architect Consultant Health Care Service Corporation Richardson, TX Mar 05, 2015 $110,406 -
$124,000
Application Architect Zeomega, Inc. Plano, TX Oct 02, 2016 $110,406
Architects-2 Application Modernization Wipro Limited East Brunswick, NJ Jun 10, 2015 $90,459
Application Architect IBM India Private Limited Melville, NY May 04, 2015 $90,286
Lead Application Architect IBM India Private Limited Hoboken, NJ Jun 15, 2016 $90,286
Application Architect Apptad Inc. PA Sep 25, 2015 $90,000 -
$110,000
Application Architect Tekivy Inc. San Francisco, CA Sep 15, 2016 $90,000
Application Architect Iconsoft Inc. Plano, TX Aug 12, 2015 $90,000
Applications Architect General Electric Company Plainville, CT Jan 02, 2016 $90,000
Application Architect Analyst III Mavin Technologies, Inc. Washington, DC Mar 10, 2016 $90,000

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  1. Web
  2. Pl/Sql
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  • Enhance application performance with code modifications and database object modifications for existing web and production Oracle Portal Web Based applications.
  • Developed complex database objects such as stored procedures, functions, packages and triggers using SQL and PL/SQL.
  • Researched, developed, and implemented new client/server technologies ranging from infrastructure architecture to application design and development tools.
  • Designed and implemented tighter integration controls with enterprise data warehouse, improved data quality and data consistency.
  • Develop automatic SQL verification points to validate data output.

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