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Working As A Design Team Lead

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

  • $94,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Design Team Lead 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 Team Lead

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 Team Lead Career Paths

Design Team Lead
Team Leader Maintenance Supervisor Chief Engineer
Engineering Director
13 Yearsyrs
Team Leader Project Manager Engineering Director
Vice President Of Engineering
13 Yearsyrs
Team Leader Project Manager Development Manager
Senior Development Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Product Manager
Vice President, Product Management
13 Yearsyrs
Manager Production Manager Engineering Manager
Senior Engineering Manager
12 Yearsyrs
Manager Product Manager Senior Product Manager
Principal Product Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Manager Program Manager Senior Project Manager
Director Of Software Development
12 Yearsyrs
Art Director Creative Director
Director Of User Experience
10 Yearsyrs
Art Director Co-Owner Technical Director
Research And Development Director
11 Yearsyrs
Senior Project Manager Partner Information Technology Project Manager
Enterprise Project Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Senior Project Manager Partner Construction Manager
Design Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Design Manager Operations Manager Information Technology Project Manager
Technical Delivery Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Design Manager Engineering Manager
Manager, Systems Engineering
9 Yearsyrs
Design Manager Engineering Manager Information Technology Project Manager
Engineering Program Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Owner Facilities Manager Information Technology Manager
Information Technology Development Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Solutions Architect Technical Manager Technical Project Manager
Technical Product Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Solutions Architect Technical Project Manager
Product Owner
9 Yearsyrs
Solutions Architect Enterprise Architect Senior Technical Consultant
Principal Technologist
10 Yearsyrs
Lead Design Engineer Project Leader Technology Architect
Vice President, Technology
11 Yearsyrs
Senior Instructional Designer Senior Designer Senior User Experience Designer
User Experience Manager
8 Yearsyrs
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Design Team Lead Demographics

Gender

Male

62.0%

Female

24.5%

Unknown

13.4%
Ethnicity

White

54.6%

Asian

15.8%

Hispanic or Latino

14.7%

Black or African American

10.0%

Unknown

4.9%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

35.0%

French

12.4%

Chinese

11.7%

Mandarin

8.8%

German

7.3%

Korean

4.4%

Italian

4.4%

Cantonese

3.6%

Russian

2.9%

Hindi

1.5%

Japanese

1.5%

Sami

0.7%

Turkish

0.7%

Gujarati

0.7%

Dutch

0.7%

Hebrew

0.7%

Danish

0.7%

Wolof

0.7%

Lithuanian

0.7%

Norwegian

0.7%
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Design Team Lead Education

Schools

Purdue University

12.6%

University of Central Florida

6.5%

University of Maryland - College Park

6.1%

University of Texas at Austin

5.8%

University of Florida

5.8%

North Carolina State University

5.8%

Pennsylvania State University

5.0%

University of Southern California

5.0%

Missouri University of Science and Technology

4.7%

University of Arizona

4.7%

University of Illinois at Chicago

4.3%

University of Phoenix

4.3%

University of Michigan - Ann Arbor

4.0%

Iowa State University

4.0%

Wayne State University

3.6%

University of California - Berkeley

3.6%

Ohio State University

3.6%

Texas A&M University

3.6%

Cornell University

3.6%

University of Houston

3.6%
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Majors

Mechanical Engineering

24.6%

Graphic Design

10.9%

Electrical Engineering

9.7%

Business

8.1%

Computer Science

5.9%

Civil Engineering

4.8%

Architecture

4.0%

Aerospace Engineering

3.4%

Engineering

3.0%

Drafting And Design

3.0%

Fine Arts

2.9%

Computer Engineering

2.9%

Biomedical Engineering

2.6%

Computer Information Systems

2.4%

Interior Design

2.2%

Management

2.1%

Computer Applications

2.1%

Project Management

1.8%

Engineering And Industrial Management

1.8%

Design And Visual Communication

1.8%
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Degrees

Bachelors

52.6%

Masters

22.3%

Other

12.9%

Associate

6.4%

Certificate

2.3%

Doctorate

2.3%

Diploma

1.0%

License

0.2%
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Average Yearly Salary
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$47,000
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$94,000
Median 50%
$94,000
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$94,000
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Best Paying Company
Stoneridge
Highest Paying City
Eden Prairie, MN
Highest Paying State
North Dakota
Avg Experience Level
2.7 years
How much does a Design Team Lead make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Design Team Lead in the United States is $95,065 per year or $46 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $47,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $190,000.

Real Design Team Lead Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Automated Terminal Planning, Design, & Intg Team L Moffatt & Nichol Long Beach, CA Jan 01, 2010 $180,000 -
$220,000
Firmware Design-Team Leader Microsemi Storage Solutions (U.S.), Inc. Sunnyvale, CA Dec 08, 2016 $170,000
Financials Global Design Team Apple Inc. Cupertino, CA Dec 23, 2014 $135,000 -
$155,000
Social Product Design, Team Lead Groupon, Inc. Palo Alto, CA Feb 19, 2015 $125,000 -
$185,000
Team Lead, Handheld Audio Design Research In Motion (Us) Irving, TX Jul 05, 2011 $110,960
Team Lead, Handheld Audio Design Research In Motion Corporation Irving, TX Jul 05, 2011 $110,960
Team Lead, Network Design and Optimization Opnet Technologies, Inc. Cary, NC Nov 18, 2011 $109,000
Team Lead, Network Design and Optimization Opnet Technologies, Inc. Cary, NC Mar 05, 2012 $109,000
Design Control Team Leader Stoneridge, Inc. Novi, MI Jul 06, 2015 $102,523
Senior Design Team Leader EASI, LLC Troy, MI Jan 08, 2015 $100,610
Concept Design Team Leader Valeo North America, Inc. Troy, MI Mar 11, 2014 $100,610
Architect Design Team Lead H-E-B Grocery Company, LP San Antonio, TX Aug 03, 2012 $97,807 -
$120,800
Design Engineering D-Team Leader Robert Bosch Automotive Steering LLC Florence, KY Jul 19, 2016 $96,138
Design Team Leader Astec America, LLC Eden Prairie, MN Aug 25, 2016 $93,184 -
$114,035
Design Team Leader Astec America, LLC Eden Prairie, MN Sep 24, 2015 $91,125 -
$120,943
Design Control Team Leader Stoneridge Control Devices, Inc. Novi, MI Dec 15, 2013 $89,211
Concept Design Team Leader Valeo, Inc. Troy, MI Jan 28, 2013 $85,000
Team Leader-Process Integrity Design Furmanite Houston, TX May 11, 2015 $83,387
Design Engineer-Team Lead Axis, Inc. Denison, TX Jan 10, 2016 $80,704
Design Engineer-Team Lead Axis, Inc. Denison, TX Dec 08, 2014 $80,704
Design Team Lead Nifco America Corp Canal Winchester, OH Nov 28, 2015 $80,601

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Top Skills for A Design Team Lead

  1. Product Design
  2. CAD
  3. Graphic Design
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  • Provided technical consulting and sketched product designs.
  • Designed 3 preliminary CAD models of the vehicle by incorporating axial compression, air bearings and magnetic levitation propulsion mechanisms.
  • Reviewed work product to ensure quality of output by graphic design team.
  • Gained extensive knowledge in project management, decision making and conflict resolution.
  • User-centered design Team Lead designing and usability testing graphical user interfaces for database and business intelligence products.

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