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Working As A Developer/Consultant

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

  • $96,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Developer/Consultant 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 Developer/Consultant

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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Developer/Consultant Career Paths

Developer/Consultant
Consultant Information Technology Manager Information Technology Director
Vice President Of Information Technology
12 Yearsyrs
Consultant Project Manager
Service Delivery Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Consultant Manager Vice President
Development Vice President
10 Yearsyrs
Senior Software Engineer Project Manager Engineering Director
Vice President Of Engineering
13 Yearsyrs
Senior Software Engineer Project Manager Information Technology Director
Senior Director Of Information & Technology
14 Yearsyrs
Senior Software Engineer Software Development Manager
Director Of Software Development
12 Yearsyrs
Senior Consultant Manager Program Manager
Development & Program Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Senior Consultant Account Manager Development Manager
Senior Development Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Senior Consultant Supervisor Training Manager
Manager, Learning & Development
10 Yearsyrs
Program Manager Product Manager Information Technology Project Manager
Technical Delivery Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Lead Developer Project Leader Senior Business Analyst
Product Owner
9 Yearsyrs
Lead Developer Project Leader Manager Applications Development
Application Development Director
11 Yearsyrs
Program Manager Owner Co-Founder
Chief Technology Officer & Founder
9 Yearsyrs
Training Manager Manager Information Technology Manager
Application Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Web Developer Business Analyst Information Technology Consultant
Information Technology Systems Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Adjunct Professor Senior Associate Senior Business Analyst
Implementation Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Training Manager Service Manager Information Technology Manager
Director, Applications
12 Yearsyrs
Lead Developer Lead Technician Solutions Architect
Solutions Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Software Consultant Systems Administrator Senior Technologist
Principal Technologist
10 Yearsyrs
Operations Manager Senior Operations Manager Head Operator
Head Of Business Development
7 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Systems Developer 3.1 years
Software Developer 2.6 years
Lead Developer 2.5 years
Project Developer 2.3 years
Developer 2.2 years
Contract Developer 2.1 years
Top Careers Before Developer/Consultant
Consultant 16.1%
Developer 6.5%
Internship 6.4%
Director 4.4%
Teacher 3.3%
Programmer 3.2%
President 3.2%
Manager 3.2%
Top Careers After Developer/Consultant
Consultant 20.2%
Developer 5.4%
Director 4.7%
Manager 3.4%
President 3.2%
Owner 3.1%

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Developer/Consultant Demographics

Gender

Male

51.7%

Female

37.2%

Unknown

11.1%
Ethnicity

White

58.9%

Hispanic or Latino

14.3%

Black or African American

11.2%

Asian

11.0%

Unknown

4.6%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

40.3%

French

16.4%

Chinese

6.5%

Mandarin

4.8%

German

4.8%

Portuguese

4.6%

Russian

4.4%

Italian

3.4%

Arabic

3.4%

Hindi

1.9%

Japanese

1.5%

Swedish

1.3%

Urdu

1.3%

Turkish

1.1%

Korean

1.0%

Hebrew

1.0%

Swahili

0.6%

Thai

0.6%

Carrier

0.6%

Polish

0.6%
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Developer/Consultant Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

11.5%

New York University

9.1%

Columbia University

6.1%

Pennsylvania State University

4.9%

Arizona State University

4.8%

American University

4.8%

Boston University

4.7%

George Washington University

4.6%

University of Houston

4.6%

University of Southern California

4.5%

Northeastern University

4.5%

Johns Hopkins University

4.4%

Capella University

4.4%

University of California - Berkeley

4.0%

University of Texas at Austin

4.0%

Harvard University

4.0%

DePaul University

4.0%

University of Washington

3.8%

Michigan State University

3.7%

University of Pennsylvania

3.7%
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Majors

Business

25.3%

Computer Science

11.9%

Management

6.6%

Finance

4.3%

Education

4.3%

Psychology

4.3%

Marketing

4.2%

Political Science

4.1%

Communication

4.0%

Human Resources Management

3.8%

Counseling Psychology

3.8%

Electrical Engineering

3.6%

Economics

3.5%

English

2.6%

Computer Engineering

2.4%

Elementary Education

2.3%

Public Administration

2.3%

Educational Leadership

2.3%

Law

2.2%

Computer Information Systems

2.2%
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Degrees

Masters

38.4%

Bachelors

35.2%

Other

12.5%

Doctorate

7.0%

Certificate

3.4%

Associate

2.6%

Diploma

0.8%

License

0.2%
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Best Paying Company
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Highest Paying City
San Francisco, CA
Highest Paying State
Maine
Avg Experience Level
2.5 years
How much does a Developer/Consultant make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Developer/Consultant in the United States is $96,200 per year or $46 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $70,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $131,000.

Real Developer/Consultant Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Consultant, Software Development Stantec Consulting Services Inc. Phoenix, AZ Mar 27, 2015 $365,225
Consultant, Software Development Stantec Consulting Services Inc. Fairfax, VA Apr 30, 2015 $365,225
Pharmaceutical R&D Pharmacovigilance Consultant Accenture LLP North Wales, PA Nov 16, 2016 $193,918
Pharmaceutical R&D Pharmacovigilance Consultant Accenture LLP Raleigh, NC Nov 16, 2016 $193,918
Pharmaceutical R&D Pharmacovigilance Consultant Accenture LLP Rahway, NJ Nov 16, 2016 $193,918
Pharmaceutical R&D Pharmacovigilance Consultant Accenture LLP Boston, MA Nov 16, 2016 $193,918
Principal Sap/Tm Development Architect/Consultant GOPA It Consultants Inc. Bellevue, WA Jan 02, 2016 $142,000
Software Development Consultant Dell USA L.P. Plano, TX Nov 30, 2015 $142,000
Corporate Development Consultant Dell Products L.P. Austin, TX Feb 23, 2015 $140,000
Tech Labs R&D Open Innovation Consultant Accenture LLP San Jose, CA Aug 13, 2015 $137,000
Consultant Developer EMC Corporation Southborough, MA Jan 03, 2016 $135,000 -
$148,500
Corporate Development Consultant Dell USA LP Round Rock, TX Aug 11, 2016 $132,000
Corporate Development Consultant Dell USA L.P. Round Rock, TX Aug 17, 2015 $132,000
Systems Development Consultant Xerox State & Local Solutions, Inc. Germantown, MD Dec 20, 2016 $111,092
Systems Development Consultant Xerox Hr Solutions, LLC Rochester Hills, MI Oct 15, 2016 $110,000
Software Development Consultant TD Ameritrade Holding Corporation Columbia, MD Aug 31, 2015 $110,000
Systems Development Consultant Xerox State & Local Solutions, Inc. Union City, CA Oct 10, 2016 $110,000
Software Development Consultant Dell USA LP Round Rock, TX Jun 17, 2015 $109,224
Systems Development Consultant Xerox State & Local Solutions, Inc. Danbury, CT Feb 29, 2016 $109,200
Software Development Consultant Oracle America, Inc. Warwick, RI Sep 08, 2016 $89,814
Technical Infrastructure and Development Consultant (SAP) IBM Corporation Somers, NY Jun 24, 2015 $89,378 -
$114,592
Software Development Consultant Oracle America, Inc. Solon, OH Nov 15, 2016 $88,878 -
$139,133
Requirements Management Tool Develop, Consultant/Lead Blue Shield of California El Dorado Hills, CA Jun 16, 2016 $88,275
Systems Development Consultant Xerox Business Services, LLC Tallahassee, FL May 06, 2015 $87,550
Software Development Consultant Oracle America, Inc. Solon, OH Oct 24, 2016 $87,298 -
$139,133
Consultant-Transaction Processing and Development DFS Services LLC Riverwoods, IL Feb 23, 2015 $86,900 -
$90,000
Consultant/Programmer-Developer Capgemini U.S. LLC South San Francisco, CA Apr 01, 2016 $85,634 -
$98,000

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Top Skills for A Developer/Consultant

  1. Web Application
  2. Pl/Sql
  3. Data Analysis
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  • Developed web application using VB.NET/ ASP.NET that generated reports using the statistical process control data generated by testing workstations.
  • Registered Reports, SQL*Loader Scripts and PL/SQL Packages as Concurrent Programs using System Administrator Responsibility.
  • Provided critical data analysis, synthesis and root-cause diagnosis on strategic organization capability assessment projects.
  • Developed programs using formal structured systems development cycle, formal testing procedures, and still met challenging implementation schedules.
  • Evaluated 60-yr-old organization and created strategic plan with emphasis on greater visibility and increased board membership.

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