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Working As A Development Technician

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

  • $97,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Development Technician 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 Development Technician

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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Development Technician Career Paths

Development Technician
Developer Senior Software Engineer
Director Of Software Development
12 Yearsyrs
Developer Consultant Product Manager
Product Director
11 Yearsyrs
Developer Business Analyst
Product Owner
9 Yearsyrs
Lead Technician Project Manager Development Manager
Senior Development Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Lead Technician Information Technology Manager Chief Technology Officer
President & Chief Technology Officer
13 Yearsyrs
Lead Technician Project Manager Senior Project Manager
Director Of Technology And Services
11 Yearsyrs
Senior Software Engineer Project Leader Manager Applications Development
Application Development Director
11 Yearsyrs
Senior Software Engineer Project Manager Information Technology Project Manager
Technical Delivery Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Consultant Senior Programmer Analyst
Application Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Consultant Information Technology Consultant
Information Technology Systems Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Functional Consultant Senior Consultant Information Technology Manager
Information Technology Development Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Functional Consultant Project Leader Senior Business Analyst
Implementation Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Functional Consultant Project Leader Information Technology Manager
Director, Applications
12 Yearsyrs
Technical Consultant Senior Programmer Analyst
Information Systems Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Technical Consultant Owner Co-Founder
Chief Technology Officer & Founder
9 Yearsyrs
Software Engineer Test Engineer Senior Technologist
Principal Technologist
10 Yearsyrs
Technical Consultant Business Analyst Technical Project Manager
Technical Product Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Business Analyst Senior Business Analyst Implementation Manager
Integration Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Software Engineer Senior Programmer Analyst Senior Technical Consultant
Vice President, Technology
11 Yearsyrs
Engineering Technician Designer User Experience Designer
Product Lead
7 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Lead Technician 3.3 years
Developer 2.2 years
Top Careers Before Development Technician
Developer 21.1%
Internship 5.9%
Technician 4.2%
Cashier 3.8%
Consultant 3.8%
Programmer 3.6%
Manager 2.8%
Top Careers After Development Technician
Developer 10.8%
Consultant 7.6%
Manager 3.4%
Technician 2.9%

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Development Technician Demographics

Gender

Male

58.9%

Female

29.8%

Unknown

11.3%
Ethnicity

White

56.4%

Asian

15.2%

Hispanic or Latino

14.2%

Black or African American

10.0%

Unknown

4.2%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

50.0%

French

8.3%

Mandarin

7.1%

Chinese

4.8%

Japanese

4.8%

Russian

4.8%

Portuguese

3.6%

German

3.6%

Italian

3.6%

Polish

2.4%

Korean

2.4%

Arabic

2.4%

Vietnamese

1.2%

Carrier

1.2%
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Development Technician Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

20.3%

Texas A&M University

7.4%

More Tech Institute

6.5%

University of Maryland - University College

6.1%

Rochester Institute of Technology

5.2%

DePaul University

4.8%

Macomb Community College

4.3%

George Washington University

3.9%

University of Washington

3.9%

Drexel University

3.9%

Kaplan University

3.9%

Ohio State University

3.5%

Community College of the Air Force

3.5%

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

3.5%

University of Houston

3.5%

New Jersey Institute of Technology

3.5%

Colorado Technical University

3.5%

University of Toledo

3.0%

San Jose State University

3.0%

Berks Technical Institute

3.0%
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Majors

Computer Science

20.5%

Business

15.2%

Electrical Engineering

11.8%

Computer Applications

5.7%

Information Technology

5.2%

Engineering

4.3%

Electrical Engineering Technology

4.0%

Computer Engineering

4.0%

Computer Information Systems

3.7%

Mechanical Engineering

3.4%

Management

3.0%

Biology

2.9%

Chemistry

2.6%

Marketing

2.4%

Management Information Systems

2.3%

Finance

1.9%

Criminal Justice

1.9%

Information Systems

1.8%

Computer Networking

1.8%

Education

1.7%
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Degrees

Bachelors

42.6%

Masters

22.0%

Other

16.6%

Associate

11.8%

Certificate

3.2%

Doctorate

1.9%

Diploma

1.7%

License

0.1%
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Average Yearly Salary
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$68,000
Min 10%
$97,000
Median 50%
$97,000
Median 50%
$97,000
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Median 50%
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Median 50%
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Median 50%
$140,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
Google
Highest Paying City
Cupertino, CA
Highest Paying State
Nebraska
Avg Experience Level
3.0 years
How much does a Development Technician make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Development Technician in the United States is $97,770 per year or $47 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $68,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $140,000.

Real Development Technician Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Developer, Risk Technology KCG Americas LLC Jersey City, NJ Mar 19, 2015 $150,000
Developer, Ivmm Trading Technology KCG Americas LLC New York, NY Dec 09, 2015 $150,000
Developer, ETG Trading Technology KCG Americas LLC New York, NY Mar 20, 2015 $150,000
Developer, ETG Trading Technology KCG Americas LLC Jersey City, NJ Mar 20, 2015 $150,000
Application Development-Internet Technologies Developer II Zolon Tech Solutions, Inc. Baltimore, MD Aug 26, 2015 $146,090
Developer, ETG Trading Technology KCG Americas LLC Jersey City, NJ Feb 07, 2015 $145,000
Technical Developer Dynasoft Synergy Inc. Fremont, CA Feb 05, 2015 $141,003
Developer, ETG Trading Technology KCG Americas LLC San Jose, CA Jan 10, 2016 $140,000
Retail-Tech, Developer Tradeweb Markets LLC Jersey City, NJ Mar 01, 2015 $140,000
Speech Technology Developer JIBO, Inc. Redwood City, CA May 15, 2015 $140,000
Developer, ETG Trading Technology KCG Americas LLC San Jose, CA Oct 01, 2015 $140,000
Intermediate Developer, ETG Trading Technology KCG Americas LLC Jersey City, NJ Jan 27, 2016 $135,000
Data Science Model Development Tech Lead AIG Employee Services, Inc. Berkeley Heights, NJ Jan 01, 2016 $132,000
Peoplesoft Technical Developer Laureate Education, Inc. Baltimore, MD Aug 26, 2015 $109,970
Advance Technical Developer Automobile Club of Southern California Costa Mesa, CA Dec 01, 2016 $109,900 -
$115,000
Technology Infrastructure Developer Effex Capital, LLC Jersey City, NJ Sep 17, 2015 $108,763
Developer III, Information Technology World Fuel Services Corporation Miami, FL Oct 31, 2016 $108,650
Investment Tech Developer III Janus Management Holdings Corporation Denver, CO Apr 06, 2015 $105,225
Developer III, Information Technology Transunion Greenwood Village, CO Dec 05, 2016 $105,000
Developer-Microsoft Technologies Opteamix, LLC San Francisco, CA Jun 09, 2016 $105,000
E-Developer Web Technologies Fidelity National Management Services, LLC Jacksonville, FL Jan 01, 2016 $105,000 -
$120,000
Advanced Technology Developer AAA Texas, LLC Coppell, TX Dec 16, 2016 $89,200 -
$99,070
Tech Developer Compass Group USA Inc. Charlotte, NC Jan 26, 2015 $89,000
Developer-Information Technology United Airlines, Inc. Houston, TX Dec 11, 2015 $85,631
Technical Developer Thoughtbot, Inc. Boston, MA Sep 11, 2015 $85,000 -
$105,000
Developer, IT Insight North America, Inc. Plano, TX May 19, 2016 $84,500
Technology Services Developer Priority Fulfillment Services, Inc. Allen, TX Oct 30, 2016 $84,000
Technical Developer The Fountain Group LLC Skillman, NJ Sep 07, 2015 $83,626
Technical Developer The Fountain Group LLC Skillman, NJ Jul 09, 2015 $83,626

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Top Skills for A Development Technician

  1. Web Application
  2. Pl/Sql
  3. Procedures
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  • Web application development, requirements elicitation and analysis, automation of monitoring processes, software development process improvement
  • Implemented email reminder functionality from PL/SQL programming.
  • Created Attendance Record-keeping Procedures manual, used by corporate office associates responsible for maintaining attendance records.
  • Defined conversion requirements and developed conversion programs to convert the custom data for these modules from 8.0 and 8.9 to 9.0.
  • Verified and summarized data entry.

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