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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

  • $99,205

    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
Technical Consultant Business Analyst Senior Programmer Analyst
Application Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Senior Software Engineer Software Development Manager
Director Of Software Development
12 Yearsyrs
Lead Developer Lead Designer Creative Director
Director Of User Experience
10 Yearsyrs
Functional Consultant Senior Business Analyst Implementation Manager
Integration Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Lead Technician Technical Support Specialist Systems Engineer
Manager, Systems Engineering
9 Yearsyrs
Project Leader Information Technology Manager Chief Technology Officer
President & Chief Technology Officer
13 Yearsyrs
Engineering Technician Systems Engineer Business Analyst
Product Owner
9 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Program Manager Senior Project Manager
Senior Delivery Manager
12 Yearsyrs
Project Leader Development Manager
Senior Development Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Senior Project Manager Engineering Director
Senior Director Of Engineering
15 Yearsyrs
Business Analyst Product Manager Product Management Director
Senior Director, Product Management
14 Yearsyrs
Lead Technician Project Leader Information Technology Project Manager
Senior Information Technology Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Senior Software Engineer Senior Consultant Senior Project Manager
Senior Technical Program Manager
12 Yearsyrs
Technical Consultant Senior Consultant Solutions Architect
Solutions Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Engineering Technician Project Engineer Product Manager
Technical Product Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Lead Developer Manager Applications Development Application Development Director
Vice President Of Application Development
11 Yearsyrs
Field Service Technician Senior Engineer Vice President Of Engineering
Vice President Of Software Engineering
14 Yearsyrs
Field Service Technician Information Technology Manager Software Development Manager
Vice President, Software Development
11 Yearsyrs
Business Analyst Senior Finance Analyst Assistant Vice President
Vice President, Technology
11 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Lead Technician 3.2 years
Software Engineer 3.0 years
Software Analyst 2.6 years
Developer Analyst 2.5 years
Developer 2.2 years
Junior Developer 1.4 years
Top Employers Before
Developer 17.8%
Internship 6.2%
Technician 5.5%
Consultant 4.9%
Manager 3.8%
Programmer 3.3%
Top Employers After
Developer 8.1%
Consultant 7.5%
Manager 3.7%
Technician 3.7%
Engineer 3.2%

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Development Technician Demographics

Gender

Male

66.0%

Female

31.5%

Unknown

2.5%
Ethnicity

White

55.6%

Asian

15.6%

Hispanic or Latino

14.7%

Black or African American

9.8%

Unknown

4.4%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

53.1%

French

9.4%

Mandarin

7.8%

Russian

6.3%

Portuguese

4.7%

Japanese

4.7%

Chinese

3.1%

Polish

3.1%

German

1.6%

Carrier

1.6%

Arabic

1.6%

Korean

1.6%

Italian

1.6%
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Development Technician Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

20.4%

University of Maryland - University College

7.2%

More Tech Institute

6.6%

Kaplan University

5.3%

George Washington University

4.6%

Macomb Community College

4.6%

Rochester Institute of Technology

4.6%

DePaul University

4.6%

Community College of the Air Force

3.9%

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

3.9%

Drexel University

3.9%

Colorado Technical University

3.9%

Ohio State University

3.3%

Boise State University

3.3%

Pennsylvania State University

3.3%

Monroe Community College

3.3%

New Jersey Institute of Technology

3.3%

University of Texas at Austin

3.3%

Austin Community College

3.3%

Walden University

3.3%
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Majors

Computer Science

20.0%

Business

16.3%

Electrical Engineering

12.6%

Information Technology

5.4%

Electrical Engineering Technology

4.4%

Computer Applications

4.1%

Computer Engineering

4.0%

Engineering

4.0%

Mechanical Engineering

3.3%

Management

3.2%

Computer Information Systems

3.0%

Marketing

3.0%

Biology

2.9%

Chemistry

2.9%

Computer Networking

2.1%

Criminal Justice

2.0%

Management Information Systems

1.9%

Education

1.7%

Finance

1.7%

Drafting And Design

1.6%
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Degrees

Bachelors

42.3%

Masters

21.7%

Other

16.9%

Associate

11.7%

Certificate

3.5%

Doctorate

2.6%

Diploma

1.2%

License

0.2%
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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 Jersey City, NJ Mar 20, 2015 $150,000
Developer, ETG Trading Technology KCG Americas LLC New York, NY 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
Speech Technology Developer JIBO, Inc. Redwood City, CA May 15, 2015 $140,000
Retail-Tech, Developer Tradeweb Markets LLC Jersey City, NJ Mar 01, 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
E-Developer Web Technologies Fidelity National Management Services, LLC Jacksonville, FL Jan 01, 2016 $105,000 -
$120,000
Developer III, Information Technology Transunion Greenwood Village, CO Dec 05, 2016 $105,000
Technical Demonstration Developer Guidewire Software, Inc. Foster City, CA Oct 19, 2015 $105,000 -
$144,737
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 Jul 09, 2015 $83,626
Technical Developer The Fountain Group LLC Skillman, NJ May 10, 2015 $83,626

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Top Skills for A Development Technician

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  1. Test Plans
  2. Web
  3. Pl/Sql
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  • Followed test plans for multiple product lines using work stations operated on AIX, OS2, Windows and Linux.
  • Helped OSB developer correct the WSDL as I found errors calling the web service while coding the batch module.
  • Performed data conversion and provide data validation support using PL/SQL packages during data conversion.
  • Created Attendance Record-keeping Procedures manual, used by corporate office associates responsible for maintaining attendance records.
  • Worked cooperatively with subject matter experts to create rich interactive media modules.

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