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Working As A Design, Development

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

  • $77,346

    Average Salary

What Does A Design, Development 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 Design, Development

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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Design, Development Career Paths

Design, Development
Web Design/Development Project Manager Senior Manager
Director Of Enterprise Architecture
14 Yearsyrs
Senior Designer Design Engineer Senior Software Engineer
Director Of Software Development
12 Yearsyrs
Freelance Designer Senior Designer Creative Director
Director Of User Experience
10 Yearsyrs
Project Leader Technical Consultant Network Administrator
Information Systems Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Applications Developer Senior Business Analyst Implementation Manager
Integration Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Web Design/Development Senior Software Engineer Chief Technology Officer
President & Chief Technology Officer
13 Yearsyrs
Project Leader Business Analyst
Product Owner
9 Yearsyrs
Front End Developer Senior Software Engineer Development Manager
Senior Development Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Senior Software Engineer Information Technology Project Manager Information Technology Director
Senior Director Of Information & Technology
13 Yearsyrs
Senior Software Engineer Senior Systems Engineer Information Technology Manager
Senior Information Technology Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Lead Technician Information Technology Specialist Information Systems Manager
Senior Manager-Systems
11 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Senior Project Manager
Senior Technical Program Manager
12 Yearsyrs
Senior Designer Project Manager Product Manager
Technical Product Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Freelance Designer User Experience Designer User Experience Architect
User Experience Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Applications Developer Manager Applications Development Application Development Director
Vice President Of Application Development
11 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Program Manager Engineering Director
Vice President Of Engineering
13 Yearsyrs
Senior Consultant Development Manager Director Of Software Development
Vice President Of Software Engineering
14 Yearsyrs
Lead Technician Engineering Manager Director Of Software Development
Vice President, Software Development
11 Yearsyrs
Front End Developer Engineer Senior Project Manager
Vice President, Technology
11 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Lead Developer 2.5 years
Developer Analyst 2.5 years
Developer 2.2 years
Junior Developer 1.4 years
Top Employers Before
Developer 15.8%
Designer 8.8%
Consultant 6.4%
Internship 5.3%
Specialist 5.2%
Programmer 2.7%
Top Employers After
Developer 8.6%
Consultant 8.3%
Designer 5.3%

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Design, Development Demographics

Gender

Male

70.4%

Female

26.8%

Unknown

2.8%
Ethnicity

White

50.8%

Asian

21.9%

Hispanic or Latino

13.5%

Black or African American

8.9%

Unknown

4.9%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

31.5%

Italian

9.9%

French

8.1%

Mandarin

7.2%

German

7.2%

Portuguese

5.4%

Chinese

5.4%

Hindi

3.6%

Korean

3.6%

Arabic

3.6%

Russian

2.7%

Japanese

2.7%

Kannada

1.8%

Polish

1.8%

Swedish

0.9%

Vietnamese

0.9%

Romanian

0.9%

Gujarati

0.9%

Indonesian

0.9%

Malay

0.9%
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Design, Development Education

Schools

Savannah College of Art and Design

10.2%

Fashion Institute of Technology

9.6%

More Tech Institute

6.6%

University of Phoenix

5.6%

Arizona State University

5.1%

University of Minnesota - Twin Cities

5.1%

Full Sail University

5.1%

Illinois Institute of Technology

4.6%

University of Washington

4.6%

Iowa State University

4.6%

Western Michigan University

4.6%

Northeastern University

4.6%

University of California - Berkeley

4.1%

University of Texas at Arlington

4.1%

University of Florida

4.1%

Virginia Commonwealth University

3.6%

Rochester Institute of Technology

3.6%

University of Texas at Dallas

3.6%

University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee

3.6%

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

3.6%
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Majors

Computer Science

20.2%

Graphic Design

11.7%

Electrical Engineering

8.1%

Business

7.6%

Computer Engineering

6.9%

Computer Applications

6.8%

Mechanical Engineering

6.6%

Engineering

3.9%

Architecture

3.3%

Drafting And Design

3.2%

Information Technology

3.1%

Fine Arts

3.0%

Computer Information Systems

2.7%

Management

2.1%

Information Systems

2.1%

Communication

2.1%

Electrical Engineering Technology

1.8%

Design And Visual Communication

1.7%

Education

1.6%

Interior Design

1.5%
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Degrees

Bachelors

45.9%

Masters

24.7%

Other

16.4%

Associate

6.4%

Doctorate

2.8%

Certificate

2.3%

Diploma

1.4%

License

0.1%
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Real Design, Development Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Senior Design Developer Microsoft Corporation Redmond, WA May 30, 2016 $150,000
Design Developer Microsoft Corporation Redmond, WA Sep 01, 2015 $136,143
Prototyping Designer/Experience Developer Pinterest, Inc. San Francisco, CA Dec 23, 2016 $130,900 -
$190,400
Drupal Designer/Developer Karsun Solutions LLC Arlington, VA Nov 27, 2014 $128,000
Drupal Designer, and Developer Karsun Solutions LLC Arlington, VA Feb 03, 2015 $128,000
Design Developer Microsoft Corporation Redmond, WA Sep 28, 2016 $125,000
Applications Designer and Developer (SAP MDM) Carefusion Corporation San Diego, CA Feb 06, 2013 $124,921
Applications Designer and Developer (SAP MDM) Carefusion Corporation San Diego, CA Feb 06, 2013 $124,920
Design Developer Microsoft Corporation Redmond, WA Oct 01, 2015 $120,260
Algorithm Designer/Idl-Lidar Developer Agerpoint, Inc. Daytona Beach, FL Sep 05, 2016 $120,000 -
$140,000
Design Developer Microsoft Corporation Redmond, WA Jul 16, 2014 $120,000
SR. Datastage Designer/Developer Digital Intelligence Systems LLC (Disys) Chattanooga, TN Jan 20, 2014 $117,394
Batch Developer-Design and Development IT Technical Consult AIG Employee Services, Inc. Parsippany-Troy Hills, NJ Feb 11, 2015 $115,000
Salesforce.Com Integration Designer/Developer Accenture LLP Philadelphia, PA Feb 17, 2014 $112,000
IDD Designer/Developer Softpath System, LLC Wilmington, DE Nov 13, 2013 $78,603
IDD Designer/Developer Softpath System, LLC Wilmington, DE Aug 12, 2013 $78,603
Application Designer/Developer Explicit Systems USA, Inc. Fort Worth, TX Nov 19, 2013 $78,000
Application Designer/Developer Explicit Systems USA, Inc. Dallas, TX Jan 18, 2013 $78,000
Java Designer/Developer ICSA Inc. Bloomington, IL Jan 07, 2013 $78,000
Developer/Designer Five Point Partners, LLC Long Beach, CA Sep 10, 2014 $77,282
Tibco Designer & Developer IBM India Pvt Ltd San Diego, CA Sep 01, 2015 $77,273
Tibco Designer & Developer IBM India Pvt Ltd San Diego, CA Aug 26, 2015 $77,273
ETL Designer/Developer AKT, LLC. Columbus, OH Jul 20, 2016 $63,000
Design/Developer I HNTB Corporation Chicago, IL Sep 05, 2014 $62,712
Designer/Developer Five Point Partners, LLC Rancho Cordova, CA Jan 22, 2014 $62,255
Design/Developer I HNTB Corporation Chicago, IL Sep 04, 2013 $62,000
CC&B Designer Developer Blue Heron Consulting Rochester, NY Jun 09, 2016 $61,818
Technical Footwear Design and Developer Clean Plate Club, LLC Carlsbad, CA Sep 26, 2014 $61,755
Technical Footwear Design and Developer Clean Plate Club, LLC Carlsbad, CA Sep 24, 2014 $61,755
Designer/Developer Five Point Partners, LLC Long Beach, CA Sep 15, 2013 $61,337

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Top Skills for A Design, Development

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  1. Web
  2. Pl/Sql
  3. Extract Data
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  • Designed solutions for web services integration using SOAP and copybook conversion mechanisms.
  • Develop database scripts such as SQL queries, PL/SQL Packages, Stored Procedures, Triggers, Functions, Cursors and Indexes.
  • Write Oracle SQL scripts to extract data from data sources and update control files.
  • Produced HTML/Smarty templates for in-house software development project.
  • Interfaced with Engineering and Operators to document procedures.

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