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Working As An Information Developer

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

  • $96,000

    Average Salary

What Does An Information Developer 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 An Information Developer

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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Information Developer Career Paths

Information Developer
Senior Technical Writer Project Manager
Service Delivery Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Senior Technical Writer Project Manager Information Technology Project Manager
Senior Information Technology Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Senior Technical Writer 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 Software Engineer Development Manager
Senior Development Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Senior Software Engineer Chief Technology Officer
President & Chief Technology Officer
13 Yearsyrs
Business Analyst Senior Business Analyst
Product Owner
9 Yearsyrs
Business Analyst Project Leader Manager Applications Development
Application Development Director
11 Yearsyrs
Business Analyst Information Technology Project Manager
Technical Delivery Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Applications Developer Consultant Senior Programmer Analyst
Application Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Applications Developer Consultant Information Technology Manager
Information Technology Development Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Applications Developer Front End Developer User Experience Designer
User Experience Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Information Technology Consultant Owner Co-Founder
Chief Technology Officer & Founder
9 Yearsyrs
Information Technology Consultant Information Technology Manager
Director, Applications
12 Yearsyrs
Information Technology Consultant Senior Project Manager Director Of Software Development
Vice President Of Software Engineering
13 Yearsyrs
Information Technology Project Manager Technical Delivery Manager Technical Project Manager
Technical Product Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Instructional Designer Development Manager Manager Applications Development
Vice President Of Application Development
11 Yearsyrs
Instructional Designer Project Leader Delivery Manager
Senior Delivery Manager
12 Yearsyrs
Senior Programmer Analyst Senior Technical Consultant
Principal Technologist
10 Yearsyrs
Senior Programmer Analyst Senior Business Analyst Implementation Manager
Integration Manager
9 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 Information Developer
Consultant 5.6%
Developer 4.1%
Programmer 3.6%
Internship 2.4%
Top Careers After Information Developer
Consultant 5.0%
Developer 3.2%

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Average Yearly Salary
$96,000
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$74,000
Min 10%
$96,000
Median 50%
$96,000
Median 50%
$96,000
Median 50%
$96,000
Median 50%
$96,000
Median 50%
$96,000
Median 50%
$96,000
Median 50%
$124,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
Nvidia
Highest Paying City
Mountain View, CA
Highest Paying State
Washington
Avg Experience Level
4.0 years
How much does an Information Developer make at top companies?
The national average salary for an Information Developer in the United States is $96,606 per year or $46 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $74,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $124,000.

Real Information Developer Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Information Management Developer Advisor Affinity Health Plan New York, NY Dec 15, 2015 $195,208
Corporate IT ERP Developer Ebsco Industries, Inc. Birmingham, AL Dec 01, 2015 $150,236
Developer, Management Information & Reporting KCG Americas LLC Jersey City, NJ Mar 20, 2015 $140,000
IT Developer (SR) Akraya Inc. San Ramon, CA Apr 27, 2015 $140,000
IT Prin Developer 2, DEV Directv LLC El Segundo, CA Nov 08, 2015 $135,762 -
$145,126
Salesforce IT Developer Docusign, Inc. San Francisco, CA Feb 19, 2015 $135,000
IT Developer Nvidia Corporation Santa Clara, CA May 16, 2016 $131,931 -
$152,121
Developer, Management Information & Reporting KCG Americas LLC Jersey City, NJ Mar 19, 2016 $130,000
Princiapl IT Developer Veritas Technologies LLC Mountain View, CA Feb 11, 2015 $127,500
Princ IT Developer Symantec Corporation Mountain View, CA Dec 24, 2016 $125,876
Services Information Developer Hewlett-Packard State & Local Enterprise Services, Inc. Sacramento, CA Mar 10, 2016 $121,888
IT Developer Principal Qlogic Corporation Aliso Viejo, CA Oct 25, 2016 $121,576
Information Developer Symantec Corporation San Francisco, CA Oct 18, 2016 $120,211 -
$137,000
Principal Information Developer Symantec Corporation San Francisco, CA Aug 24, 2016 $120,211
IT Developer IV Lawinger Consulting, Inc. Austin, TX Dec 23, 2015 $99,000
Services Information Developer Hp Enterprise Services, LLC Oklahoma City, OK Jul 04, 2016 $98,966
IT BPM Developer Crown Castle USA, Inc. Canonsburg, PA Oct 27, 2016 $98,933
IT BPM Developer Crown Castle USA, Inc. Canonsburg, PA Mar 11, 2015 $98,821
IT Developer, SAP PI Hunter Douglas Inc. Broomfield, CO Nov 08, 2016 $98,800
Services Information Developer Hp Enterprise Services, LLC Madison, WI Sep 16, 2016 $98,717
Services Information Developer Hewlett Packard Enterprise Company Baltimore, MD Mar 28, 2016 $98,300 -
$113,100
IT Developer Adecco Group Na/Modis, Inc. Saint Louis, MO Oct 31, 2016 $98,089 -
$127,307
Services Information Developer Hp Enterprise Services, LLC Lexington, SC Oct 03, 2016 $88,816 -
$94,000
Services Information Developer Hp Enterprise Services, LLC Folsom, CA Jun 16, 2015 $88,603 -
$102,901
Services Information Developer Hewlett-Packard State & Local Enterprise Services, Inc. Lacey, WA Jul 23, 2015 $88,570 -
$90,126
Services Information Developer Hp Enterprise Services, LLC Gold River, CA Jun 17, 2015 $88,463 -
$115,000
Service Information Developer Hp Enterprise Services, LLC ME May 06, 2015 $88,296 -
$99,000
Service Information Developer Hp Enterprise Services, LLC Pontiac, MI May 29, 2015 $88,296 -
$99,000
IT Developer Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Florida, Inc. Jacksonville, FL Jun 24, 2016 $88,270
Services Information Developer Hp Enterprise Services, LLC Camas, WA May 09, 2016 $88,146 -
$100,300

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Top Skills for An Information Developer

  1. Web Application
  2. Pl/Sql
  3. Online Documentation
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Collaborated with fellow programmers to develop intranet-based web applications for HR staff tracking systems.
  • Well experienced in using SQL & PL/SQL in Toad to extract data from Oracle for testing data.
  • Organized information appropriately to create and update online documentation and User's Guides for manufacturing and accounting software.
  • Managed data Warehouses after successful promotion and implementation.
  • Used C language for batch processing with SQL embedded and XML as input and output data files.

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  2. Washington
  3. Minnesota
  4. Ohio
  5. District of Columbia
  6. New York
  7. North Carolina
  8. Colorado
  9. New Hampshire
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Information Developer Demographics

Gender

Male

55.9%

Female

33.1%

Unknown

11.0%
Ethnicity

White

56.9%

Hispanic or Latino

14.7%

Asian

14.4%

Black or African American

10.0%

Unknown

4.0%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

40.0%

French

18.2%

German

14.5%

Arabic

5.5%

Portuguese

3.6%

Turkish

3.6%

Chinese

1.8%

Dutch

1.8%

Japanese

1.8%

Gujarati

1.8%

Carrier

1.8%

Hindi

1.8%

Mandarin

1.8%

Italian

1.8%
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Information Developer Education

Schools

University of Texas at El Paso

10.8%

University of Texas at Austin

7.7%

University of Houston

7.7%

University of Phoenix

7.7%

Northeastern University

5.7%

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

5.2%

University of North Carolina at Greensboro

4.6%

North Carolina State University

4.6%

University of Georgia

4.6%

Boise State University

4.1%

Carnegie Mellon University

4.1%

University of Kentucky

4.1%

Purdue University

4.1%

Syracuse University

3.6%

Brigham Young University

3.6%

Texas State University

3.6%

Georgia State University

3.6%

University of North Carolina at Charlotte

3.6%

Iowa State University

3.6%

Texas Tech University

3.1%
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Majors

Computer Science

22.1%

Business

12.0%

English

10.4%

Information Technology

6.3%

Computer Information Systems

6.2%

Computer Engineering

5.6%

Public Relations

5.0%

Electrical Engineering

4.4%

Writing

4.3%

Communication

3.5%

Management Information Systems

3.1%

Information Systems

3.1%

Computer Applications

2.8%

Journalism

1.9%

Project Management

1.8%

Mathematics

1.8%

History

1.6%

Management

1.4%

Computer Programming

1.3%

Education

1.3%
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Degrees

Bachelors

46.3%

Masters

28.5%

Other

11.4%

Associate

5.4%

Certificate

5.1%

Doctorate

1.9%

Diploma

1.3%

License

0.1%
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