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Working As A BI Developer

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

  • $85,000

    Average Salary

What Does A BI 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 A BI 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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BI Developer Career Paths

BI Developer
Tableau Developer Consultant Information Technology Manager
Senior Information Technology Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Tableau Developer Consultant Project Manager
Engagement Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Tableau Developer Consultant Program Manager
Lead Program Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Senior Software Engineer Manager Information Technology Manager
Information Technology Operations Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Senior Software Engineer Project Manager Development Manager
Senior Development Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Senior Software Engineer Project Manager Senior Manager
Director Of Analytics
12 Yearsyrs
Senior ETL Developer Lead Technician Information Technology Project Manager
Technical Delivery Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Senior ETL Developer Lead Technician Information Technology Manager
Information Technology Development Manager
8 Yearsyrs
BI Architect Architect Senior Systems Engineer
Systems Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Business Intelligence Developer Business Consultant Senior Analyst
Analytical Manager
8 Yearsyrs
BI Architect Architect Senior Systems Analyst
Information Systems Manager
6 Yearsyrs
BI Architect Architect Senior Programmer Analyst
Application Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Lead Developer Project Leader Manager Applications Development
Application Development Director
11 Yearsyrs
Senior ETL Developer Senior Data Analyst-
Data Manager
6 Yearsyrs
BI Consultant Senior Consultant Information Technology Director
Director Of Enterprise Architecture
14 Yearsyrs
Lead Developer Project Leader Delivery Manager
Senior Delivery Manager
12 Yearsyrs
BI Consultant Senior Consultant Solutions Architect
Solutions Manager
8 Yearsyrs
BI Consultant Senior Consultant Senior Information Technology Manager
Director, Applications
12 Yearsyrs
Lead Developer Technical Project Manager Implementation Manager
Integration Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Team Leader Project Leader Business Systems Senior Analyst
Business Leader
8 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Cognos Developer 2.7 years
BI Architect 2.1 years
Tableau Developer 2.1 years
Database Developer 2.1 years
ETL Developer 2.1 years
SQL BI Developer 2.1 years
BI Consultant 2.0 years
BI Developer 2.0 years
SQL Developer 1.9 years
MS SQL Developer 1.9 years
Ssrs Developer 1.7 years
Reports Developer 1.7 years
Ssis Developer 1.5 years
Top Careers Before BI Developer
Developer 8.0%
Consultant 3.0%
Analyst 2.4%
Top Careers After BI Developer
Developer 7.0%
Consultant 3.7%

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BI Developer Demographics

Gender

Male

58.1%

Female

25.9%

Unknown

15.9%
Ethnicity

White

43.0%

Asian

31.9%

Hispanic or Latino

9.4%

Black or African American

9.4%

Unknown

6.3%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

German

13.8%

French

13.8%

Spanish

13.8%

Telugu

6.9%

Japanese

6.9%

Hindi

6.9%

Tamil

6.9%

Portuguese

3.4%

Chinese

3.4%

Zulu

3.4%

Vietnamese

3.4%

Bosnian

3.4%

Amharic

3.4%

Tigrinya

3.4%

Serer

3.4%

Russian

3.4%
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BI Developer Education

Schools

Stevens Institute of Technology

11.7%

University of Texas at Dallas

9.5%

Texas A&M University

8.4%

New Jersey Institute of Technology

7.7%

More Tech Institute

7.7%

Arizona State University

5.5%

University of Florida

5.5%

University of Washington

4.0%

University of Houston

4.0%

Syracuse University

3.6%

University of Central Missouri

3.6%

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

3.6%

University of Phoenix

3.6%

University of North Texas

3.3%

Temple University

3.3%

Pennsylvania State University

3.3%

New York University

2.9%

California State University - Fullerton

2.9%

Illinois Institute of Technology

2.9%

Fairleigh Dickinson University

2.9%
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Majors

Computer Science

31.6%

Electrical Engineering

10.1%

Business

7.3%

Information Technology

7.3%

Computer Engineering

7.0%

Computer Applications

5.4%

Engineering

5.2%

Computer Information Systems

5.0%

Information Systems

3.6%

Management Information Systems

2.7%

Electrical Engineering Technology

2.4%

Finance

2.4%

Management Science

2.1%

Accounting

1.7%

Mechanical Engineering

1.6%

Project Management

1.0%

Mathematics

1.0%

Computer Networking

1.0%

Economics

0.8%

Information Sciences

0.8%
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Degrees

Bachelors

47.8%

Masters

41.0%

Other

7.0%

Certificate

1.3%

Associate

1.2%

Doctorate

1.0%

Diploma

0.6%

License

0.0%
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Best Paying Company
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Highest Paying City
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Highest Paying State
Washington
Avg Experience Level
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How much does a BI Developer make at top companies?
The national average salary for a BI Developer in the United States is $85,711 per year or $41 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $65,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $111,000.

Real BI Developer Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Senior BI Developer Karl Storz Endoscopy-America, Inc. El Segundo, CA May 12, 2016 $155,000
Lead SAP BI Developer Allianz Asset Management of America L.P Newport Beach, CA May 01, 2016 $145,100
Lead SAP BI Developer Allianz Global Investors of America, LLC Newport Beach, CA Feb 09, 2015 $145,100
Lead SAP BI Developer Allianz Asset Management of America L.P Newport Beach, CA Feb 18, 2015 $145,100
Oracle BI Developer Cit Group (Nj) LLC Jacksonville, FL Apr 01, 2015 $135,000
Oracle BI Developer Cit Group (Nj) LLC Jacksonville, FL Mar 08, 2016 $135,000
Senior BI Developer X.Commerce, Inc. Austin, TX Nov 17, 2016 $135,000
Data Informatics Analyst/SR. BI Developer Blue Coat Systems Inc. Sunnyvale, CA Mar 14, 2016 $135,000
BI Developer Lead Zillow, Inc. Seattle, WA May 05, 2016 $134,000
BI Analyst Developer Marvel Entertainment, LLC New York, NY Nov 12, 2015 $132,300
Oracle BI Developer Cit Bank, N.A. Jacksonville, FL Feb 06, 2016 $132,000 -
$142,000
BI Developer and Reporting Analyst Talend Inc. Redwood City, CA Jul 15, 2016 $132,000
Senior BI Developer Korn/Ferry International Los Angeles, CA Sep 03, 2015 $130,000
Senior BI Developer Korn/Ferry International Los Angeles, CA Mar 22, 2016 $130,000
BI Developer Objectnet Technologies, Inc. Atlanta, GA Sep 01, 2015 $96,000
SAP BI Developer Nextxap Inc. Los Angeles, CA Sep 30, 2015 $96,000
Lead BI Developer Ads Alliance Data Systems, Inc. San Diego, CA Mar 29, 2016 $96,000 -
$133,000
Oracle BI Developer Lozier Corporation Omaha, NE Jun 28, 2016 $95,493 -
$110,000
BI Developer-I (Obiee) Propelsys Technologies LLC Plano, TX Sep 23, 2016 $95,077
BI Developer-I (Obiee) Propelsys Technologies LLC Plano, TX Aug 02, 2016 $95,077
BI Developer-I (Obiee) Propelsys Technologies LLC Plano, TX Mar 22, 2016 $95,077
MS BI Developer TT Technologies Inc. Addison, TX Jan 09, 2016 $95,000
BI Developer Novedea Systems Inc. Richardson, TX Aug 03, 2016 $79,800 -
$89,000
BI Developer Novedea Systems Inc. Richardson, TX Jan 14, 2016 $79,800 -
$89,000
BI Developer I (Obiee) Propelsys Technologies LLC Englewood, CO Sep 08, 2015 $79,747
BI Developer Expedia, Inc. Bellevue, WA Aug 23, 2016 $79,598 -
$100,000
BI Developer Expedia, Inc. Bellevue, WA Oct 26, 2015 $79,598 -
$100,000
SR. Microstrategy Developer/BI Developer Us Technologies Corporation Richardson, TX Nov 21, 2016 $79,000
SR. Microstrategy Developer/BI Developer Najsoft, Inc. Richardson, TX Nov 21, 2016 $79,000

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Top Skills for A BI Developer

  1. SQL
  2. Database
  3. Dashboards
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  • Experienced in Managing Data Model and Improving Performance using the Master Data Services for SQL and Add-in in Excel.
  • Created database layer and business layer, defining appropriate relationship between query subjects in Framework Manager.
  • Created dashboards using Tableau Dashboard and user stories to create compelling dashboards to deliver actionable insights.
  • Involved in Data Migration of Packages from DTS to SSIS by using advanced features in SSIS (Aggregate, Sort).
  • Report development using SSRS and Power BI (with Visual Studio 2013 & Team Foundation Server).

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  7. District of Columbia
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