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Working As A Business Intelligence Developer

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

  • $91,219

    Average Salary

What Does A Business Intelligence 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 Business Intelligence 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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Business Intelligence Developer Career Paths

Business Intelligence Developer
Senior Business Consultant Principal Consultant Consultant/Project Manager
Application Manager
9 Yearsyrs
SQL BI Developer BI Developer BI Consultant
BI Architect
9 Yearsyrs
Business Intelligence Architect
10 Yearsyrs
Data Engineer Project Manager Business Consultant
Business Intelligence Lead
8 Yearsyrs
Data Warehouse Developer Data Analyst Information Technology Project Manager
Delivery Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Business Intelligence Architect Solutions Architect Senior Manager
Director Of Analytics
13 Yearsyrs
Tableau Developer Lead Consultant Senior Manager
Director Of Enterprise Architecture
14 Yearsyrs
Business Intelligence Lead Business Intelligence Manager
Director Of Intelligence
12 Yearsyrs
Tableau Developer Senior Consultant Information Technology Manager
Director, Applications
12 Yearsyrs
Business Consultant Senior Consultant Information Technology Project Manager
Information Technology Director
10 Yearsyrs
Business Consultant Senior Business Analyst Information Technology Project Manager
Program/Project Manager
10 Yearsyrs
BI Consultant Business Consultant Senior Business Analyst
Senior Business Intelligence Analyst
9 Yearsyrs
Obiee Developer Reports Developer Oracle Developer
Senior Database Developer
8 Yearsyrs
Data Warehouse Developer Senior Software Engineer Development Manager
Senior Development Manager
10 Yearsyrs
SQL BI Developer Senior Software Engineer Information Technology Project Manager
Senior Information Technology Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Data Engineer Systems Engineer Systems Manager
Senior Manager-Systems
11 Yearsyrs
BI Consultant Business Objects Consultant BI Developer
Senior Sql/Report Developer
6 Yearsyrs
Data Architect Information Architect User Experience Architect
User Experience Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Obiee Developer Lead Developer Manager Applications Development
Vice President Of Application Development
11 Yearsyrs
Data Architect Solutions Architect Software Development Manager
Vice President, Software Development
11 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
SQL BI Developer 2.1 years
Tableau Developer 2.1 years
Database Developer 2.0 years
MS SQL Developer 2.0 years
BI Developer 1.9 years
SQL Developer 1.8 years
Reports Developer 1.7 years
Ssrs Developer 1.7 years
Ssis Developer 1.5 years
Top Employers Before
Developer 6.6%
Consultant 3.5%
Designer 3.4%
Top Employers After
Consultant 4.5%
Developer 3.1%

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Business Intelligence Developer Demographics

Gender

Male

70.1%

Female

24.5%

Unknown

5.4%
Ethnicity

White

46.3%

Asian

27.2%

Hispanic or Latino

11.4%

Black or African American

9.5%

Unknown

5.6%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

18.8%

French

12.5%

Mandarin

12.5%

Chinese

9.4%

Hindi

9.4%

Portuguese

6.3%

German

6.3%

Japanese

6.3%

Swedish

3.1%

Danish

3.1%

Kannada

3.1%

Russian

3.1%

Arabic

3.1%

Catalan

3.1%
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Business Intelligence Developer Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

9.5%

Villanova University

6.3%

Utah State University

6.3%

University of Texas at Dallas

5.6%

Stevens Institute of Technology

5.6%

University of Washington

5.6%

University of Arizona

5.6%

Wayne State University

4.8%

University of Texas at Arlington

4.8%

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

4.8%

South Dakota State University

4.8%

Northeastern University

4.8%

University of North Texas

4.0%

Georgia State University

4.0%

New Jersey Institute of Technology

4.0%

University of Central Florida

4.0%

Saint Peter's University

4.0%

University of Massachusetts Amherst

4.0%

University of Illinois at Chicago

4.0%

Southwestern Illinois College

4.0%
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Majors

Computer Science

22.9%

Business

11.9%

Computer Information Systems

7.8%

Management Information Systems

7.2%

Information Technology

5.7%

Management Science

5.6%

Computer Engineering

5.3%

Information Systems

4.7%

Finance

3.5%

Management

3.4%

Electrical Engineering

3.2%

Project Management

3.2%

Computer Applications

3.1%

Engineering

2.6%

Mathematics

2.5%

Accounting

1.8%

Computer Programming

1.5%

Economics

1.5%

Statistics

1.5%

English

1.2%
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Degrees

Bachelors

42.1%

Masters

40.8%

Other

9.2%

Associate

3.4%

Certificate

2.5%

Doctorate

1.0%

Diploma

0.7%

License

0.2%
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Real Business Intelligence Developer Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Lead Business Intelligence Developer Experian Marketing Solutions, Inc. New York, NY Sep 15, 2015 $160,500
Business Intelligence Solutions Engineer/Tableau Developer Mode Media Corporation Brisbane, CA Nov 13, 2015 $155,000
Business Intelligence Developer CRGT, Inc. Herndon, VA Aug 26, 2016 $143,109 -
$158,100
Information Technology Business Intelligence Developer Manhattan West LLC New York, NY Aug 10, 2015 $140,000
Business Intelligence Developer Pandora Media, Inc. Oakland, CA Nov 14, 2016 $136,842
Business Intelligence Developer Acumen Solutions, Inc. McLean, VA Mar 04, 2016 $135,060
Lead Business Intelligence Developer Justfabulous, Inc. El Segundo, CA Feb 09, 2016 $135,000
Lead Business Intelligence Developer Just Fabulous, Inc. El Segundo, CA Aug 24, 2015 $135,000
Database/Business Intelligence Developer Unify Square, Inc. Bellevue, WA Aug 22, 2016 $133,806
ETL Admin/Business Intelligence Developer Boart Longyear Company Salt Lake City, UT May 19, 2016 $130,238
Business Intelligence Developer Boart Longyear Company Salt Lake City, UT Feb 01, 2015 $130,000
Associate, Business Intelligence Developer, Tech & Data Division Management Morgan Stanley & Co. LLC New York, NY Sep 18, 2015 $130,000
Business Intelligence Developer Ubisoft, Inc. San Francisco, CA Aug 29, 2016 $130,000
Business Intelligence Oracle Developer Partners Information Technology Inc. Torrance, CA Jan 10, 2015 $130,000
Business Intelligence (Microstrategy) Developer Ubisoft Inc. San Francisco, CA Oct 26, 2015 $97,573 -
$114,240
Business Intelligence Developer III Olympus Corporation of The Americas Center, PA Jun 22, 2015 $97,427 -
$102,350
Business Intelligence ETL Developer II C&T Information Technology Consulting Inc. Cedar Park, TX Aug 04, 2015 $97,115
Business Intelligence Developer Carbonite, Inc. Boston, MA May 15, 2015 $97,000
Developer III-Business Intelligence Us Pharmacopeial Convention Rockville, MD Dec 28, 2015 $96,900 -
$110,000
Business Intelligence Database Developer Tuthill Corporation Burr Ridge, IL Aug 07, 2015 $96,000
Business Intelligence Developer ANU Software Consultants, Inc. Austin, TX Sep 17, 2016 $96,000
Business Intelligence/Microstrategy Developer CVS Pharmacy, Inc. Smithfield, RI Sep 25, 2015 $95,968
Business Intelligence Developer/Analyst Dental One, Inc. Dallas, TX Aug 15, 2016 $79,498 -
$115,000
Business Intelligence Developer-Sql Server Aspect Software, Inc. Saint Charles, MO Feb 19, 2016 $78,957
IT Business Intelligence Developer Bray International, Inc. Houston, TX Sep 17, 2015 $78,790 -
$96,366
Business Intelligence Developer Arcsoft Consulting Alexandria, VA Feb 04, 2016 $78,749 -
$104,000
Business Intelligence Developer Medassets, Inc. Plano, TX May 04, 2015 $78,707 -
$85,000
Business Intelligence Developer Medassets, Inc. Plano, TX Apr 05, 2015 $78,707 -
$85,000
Business Intelligence Developer The Ohio University Athens, OH Jul 22, 2015 $78,270 -
$88,962

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Top Skills for A Business Intelligence Developer

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  1. Web Intelligence
  2. Pl/Sql
  3. SQL Server Analysis
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  • Developed Universes and reports using Web Intelligence based on user requirements.
  • Create and maintain the necessary PL/SQL packages, procedures, and queries to produce requisite data for the reporting presentation layer.
  • Developed multidimensional cubes using SQL Server Analysis Services.
  • Cloned the legacy database objects such as Stored procedures, SQL Server Agent Jobs, SSIS packages according to business requirement.
  • Managed technical research performing feasibility studies to assist our client's with Information Technology objective decision making.

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