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Working As A Cognos Developer

  • Interacting With Computers
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems
  • Getting Information
  • Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Mostly Sitting

  • Repetitive

  • $84,112

    Average Salary

What Does A Cognos Developer Do

Computer programmers write and test code that allows computer applications and software programs to function properly. They turn the program designs created by software developers and engineers into instructions that a computer can follow. In addition, programmers test newly created applications and programs to ensure that they produce the expected results. If they do not work correctly, computer programmers check the code for mistakes and fix them.

Duties

Computer programmers typically do the following:

  • Write programs in a variety of computer languages, such as C++ and Java
  • Update and expand existing programs
  • Test programs for errors and fix the faulty lines of computer code responsible
  • Create and test code in an integrated development environment (IDE)
  • Use code libraries, which are collections of independent lines of code, to simplify the writing

Programmers work closely with software developers, and in some businesses their duties overlap. When such overlap occurs, programmers can do work that is typical of developers, such as designing the program. Program design entails planning the software initially, creating models and flowcharts detailing how the code is to be written, writing and debugging code, and designing an application or systems interface. Programmers often use an IDE, which allows them to create, edit, and test code.

A program’s purpose determines the complexity of its computer code. For example, a weather application for a mobile device will require less programming than a social-networking application. Simpler programs can be written in less time. Complex programs, such as computer operating systems, can take a year or more to complete.

Software-as-a-service (SaaS), which consists of applications provided through the Internet, is a growing field. Although programmers typically need to rewrite their programs to work on different system platforms, such as Windows or OS X, applications created with SaaS work on all platforms. Accordingly, programmers writing SaaS applications may not have to rewrite as much code as other programmers do and can instead spend more time writing new programs.

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How To Become A Cognos Developer

Most computer programmers have a bachelor’s degree in computer science or a related subject; however, some employers hire workers with an associate’s degree. Most programmers specialize in a few programming languages.

Education

Most computer programmers have a bachelor’s degree; however, some employers hire workers who have an associate’s degree. Most programmers get a degree in computer science or a related subject. Programmers who work in specific fields, such as healthcare or accounting, may take classes in that field to supplement their degree in computer programming. In addition, employers value experience, which many students gain through internships.

Most programmers learn a few computer languages while in school. However, a computer science degree gives students the skills needed to learn new computer languages easily. During their classes, students receive hands-on experience writing code, testing programs, fixing errors, and doing many other tasks that they will perform on the job.

To keep up with changing technology, computer programmers may take continuing education and professional development seminars to learn new programming languages or about upgrades to programming languages they already know.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

Programmers can become certified in specific programming languages or for vendor-specific programming products. Some companies require their computer programmers to be certified in the products they use.

Other Experience

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

Advancement

Programmers who have general business experience may become computer systems analysts. With experience, some programmers may become software developers. They may also be promoted to managerial positions. For more information, see the profiles on computer systems analysts, software developers, and computer and information systems managers.

Important Qualities

Analytical skills. Computer programmers must understand complex instructions in order to create computer code.

Concentration. Programmers must be able to work at a computer, writing lines of code for long periods.

Detail oriented. Computer programmers must closely examine the code they write because a small mistake can affect the entire computer program.

Troubleshooting skills. An important part of a programmer’s job is to check the code for errors and fix any they find.

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Cognos Developer Career Paths

Cognos Developer
Lead Developer Business Analyst Senior Programmer Analyst
Application Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Analyst Data Analyst Business Intelligence Analyst
Business Intelligence Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Cognos Consultant BI Developer Senior ETL Developer
ETL Lead
6 Yearsyrs
BI Developer Senior Software Engineer
Lead Developer
6 Yearsyrs
Development Administrator Senior Software Engineer
Lead Technician
6 Yearsyrs
BI Consultant Senior Consultant Subject Matter Expert
Quality Assurance Lead
6 Yearsyrs
Senior Software Engineer Quality Assurance Lead
Quality Assurance Team Leader
6 Yearsyrs
Senior Cognos Developer
5 Yearsyrs
Informatica Developer Data Analyst
Senior Data Analyst-
6 Yearsyrs
Development Administrator Senior Consultant
Senior Database Administrator
9 Yearsyrs
Tableau Developer Development Administrator Senior Software Engineer
Senior ETL Developer
5 Yearsyrs
Cognos Consultant Senior Cognos Developer Senior Software Engineer
Senior Java Developer
6 Yearsyrs
Senior Cognos Developer Senior Analyst Principal Consultant
Senior Oracle Database Administrator
7 Yearsyrs
Data Analyst Business Analyst
Senior Programmer Analyst
7 Yearsyrs
Informatica Developer Lead Developer Business Analyst
Senior Quality Assurance Analyst
6 Yearsyrs
BI Consultant Senior Cognos Developer Senior Software Engineer
Senior Quality Assurance Engineer
7 Yearsyrs
Lead Developer Database Administrator Quality Assurance Analyst
Senior Quality Assurance Tester
6 Yearsyrs
BI Developer Tableau Developer Development Administrator
Senior Software Engineer
6 Yearsyrs
Senior Software Engineer Project Leader Business Analyst
Senior Systems Analyst
7 Yearsyrs
Data Analyst Finance Analyst Systems Analyst
Systems Manager
7 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Cognos Developer 3.0 years
Obiee Developer 3.0 years
Developer Analyst 2.5 years
Lead Developer 2.5 years
Developer 2.2 years
Database Developer 2.1 years
Siebel Developer 2.1 years
BOS Developer 2.0 years
ETL Developer 2.0 years
Reports Developer 1.9 years
SQL Developer 1.9 years
BI Developer 1.9 years
Cognos Consultant 1.7 years
Junior Developer 1.4 years
Top Employers Before
Developer 18.8%
Manager 1.9%
Top Employers After
Developer 4.0%
Architect 2.2%
Consultant 1.7%

Cognos Developer Demographics

Gender

Male

65.0%

Female

31.7%

Unknown

3.3%
Ethnicity

White

50.8%

Asian

34.0%

Unknown

7.8%

Hispanic or Latino

6.0%

Black or African American

1.4%
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Languages Spoken

Serer

100.0%

Cognos Developer Education

Schools

Strayer University

7.1%

Texas A&M University

7.1%

More Tech Institute

7.1%

University of Maryland - University College

4.8%

University of Richmond

4.8%

Saint John's University - New York

4.8%

Wayne State University

4.8%

American University

4.8%

A-Technical College

4.8%

Wichita State University

4.8%

Iowa State University

4.8%

Johns Hopkins University

4.8%

University of North Texas

4.8%

University of Texas at Dallas

4.8%

University of Bridgeport

4.8%

University of Phoenix

4.8%

University of Notre Dame

4.8%

Fairleigh Dickinson University

4.8%

George Mason University

4.8%

Knox College

2.4%
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Majors

Computer Science

28.3%

Engineering

10.5%

Computer Applications

9.9%

Business

8.6%

Electrical Engineering

8.6%

Information Technology

5.3%

Computer Engineering

5.3%

Electrical Engineering Technology

3.9%

Information Systems

3.3%

Mechanical Engineering

2.6%

Computer Information Systems

2.6%

Management Information Systems

2.3%

Accounting

2.3%

Finance

1.6%

English

1.3%

Statistics

1.0%

Mathematics

0.7%

Marketing

0.7%

Computer Networking

0.7%

Environmental Control Technologies/Technicians

0.7%
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Degrees

Bachelors

59.3%

Masters

32.2%

Other

5.5%

Certificate

0.9%

Associate

0.9%

Diploma

0.9%

Doctorate

0.3%
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Real Cognos Developer Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Cognos Developer Infogroup Burlington, MA Aug 30, 2016 $131,747
Cognos Developer Norgate Technology Tampa, FL Oct 02, 2015 $125,220
Cognos Architech/Developer Top5, Incorporated Bethesda, MD Mar 19, 2015 $123,219
Cognos Developer Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Company Charlotte, NC Dec 05, 2016 $117,900
Cognos Developer Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Company Charlotte, NC May 12, 2016 $117,900
Cognos Developer Airlines Reporting Corporation Arlington, VA Jan 05, 2016 $116,969
Cognos Developer Airlines Reporting Corporation Arlington, VA Nov 26, 2016 $116,969
Cognos Developer Genuine Parts Company Atlanta, GA Jul 11, 2016 $110,000
Cognos Developer Dataclarity Corporation Raleigh, NC Jun 27, 2016 $110,000
Cognos Developer Computer Guidance Corporation Scottsdale, AZ Sep 15, 2016 $109,250
Cognos Developer Infogroup Inc. Pearl River, NY Nov 18, 2016 $108,992
Risk Analytics Specialist, Cognos Developer Citizens Financial Group, Inc. Cranston, RI May 01, 2016 $108,934
Cognos Developer Populus Group LLC Orlando, FL Oct 05, 2015 $108,524
Cognos Developer .02) Infogroup Inc. Burlington, MA Mar 12, 2015 $106,475
Cognos Report Developer Teampersona, Inc. Los Angeles, CA May 20, 2015 $84,781
Cognos Developer Computer Guidance Corporation Scottsdale, AZ Jan 10, 2016 $84,049
Cognos Developer HNI Corporation Muscatine, IA Dec 30, 2015 $83,000
Cognos Developer Ally Financial Inc. Detroit, MI Nov 04, 2016 $82,399
Cognos Developer Independent Health Association, Inc. Williamsville, NY Aug 24, 2016 $82,000
Cognos Developer Independent Health Association, Inc. Williamsville, NY Jul 13, 2016 $82,000
Cognos Developer G3 Infotek Inc. Lewisville, TX Oct 14, 2015 $82,000
Cognos Developer IBM India Private Limited Englewood Cliffs, NJ Aug 05, 2015 $73,923
Cognos Developer Marvelltech LLC Bloomington, IL Sep 11, 2015 $73,008
Cognos Developer Geminiitlabs Inc. Dedham, MA Sep 14, 2015 $73,000
Cognos Developer Cybervision Inc. Cranford, NJ Sep 11, 2015 $73,000
Cognos Developer Vlink, Inc. South Windsor, CT Apr 01, 2016 $72,800
Cognos Developer Vlink, Inc. South Windsor, CT Feb 08, 2016 $72,800
Cognos Developer Vlink, Inc. South Windsor, CT Jul 20, 2015 $72,800

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Top Skills for A Cognos Developer

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Top Cognos Developer Skills

  1. Package Level
  2. Query Subjects
  3. Windows XP
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Implemented data level security, object level security and package level security using the Framework manager and Access manager.
  • Created database layer and business layer, defining appropriate relationship between query subjects in Framework Manager.
  • Search), Oracle 9i, Windows XP Professional, SQL Navigator 4.1c1.
  • Analyzed, designed, developed and tested reports while working directly with end-users and technical members of a data warehouse team.
  • Created Offline Interactive Dashboards using the Active Reports functionality in Cognos 10..

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