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Working As A Lead Application Developer

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

  • $118,584

    Average Salary

What Does A Lead Application 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 A Lead Application 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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Lead Application Developer Career Paths

Lead Application Developer
Senior Consultant Information Technology Manager Director Of Information
Chief Information Officer
11 Yearsyrs
Senior Project Manager Program Management Consultant Program Manager
Chief Technology Officer
11 Yearsyrs
Senior Consultant Senior Manager
Director Of Information
10 Yearsyrs
Architect And Developer Project Manager Development Manager
Director Of Software Development
12 Yearsyrs
Project Leader Data Analyst Web Developer
Lead Developer
6 Yearsyrs
Development Manager Program Manager Senior Product Manager
Principal Product Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Senior Project Manager Senior Product Manager
Product Management Director
12 Yearsyrs
Database Administrator Business Analyst Product Manager
Product Manager, Mobile
10 Yearsyrs
Database Administrator Senior Software Engineer
Senior .NET Developer
6 Yearsyrs
Development Manager Business Development Manager Senior Project Manager
Senior Delivery Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Project Leader Senior Manager Director Of Information
Senior Director Of Information & Technology
13 Yearsyrs
Business Analyst Senior Systems Analyst Senior Software Engineer
Senior Java Developer
6 Yearsyrs
Senior Project Manager Subject Matter Expert Business Analyst
Senior Programmer Analyst
7 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Program Manager
Senior Project Manager
12 Yearsyrs
Manager Applications Development Senior Project Manager Contractor/Consultant
Senior Software Engineer
6 Yearsyrs
Manager Applications Development Project Manager Senior Project Manager
Senior Technical Program Manager
12 Yearsyrs
Business Analyst Information Technology Manager Director Of Information
Vice President Of Information Technology
12 Yearsyrs
Architect And Developer Senior Software Architect Director Of Software Development
Vice President, Software Development
11 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Programmer Analyst 4.0 years
Systems Developer 3.4 years
Senior Programmer 3.4 years
Software Architect 3.2 years
Software Engineer 3.2 years
Lead Programmer 3.1 years
NET Developer 3.0 years
Software Designer 3.0 years
Software Developer 2.7 years
Application Lead 2.6 years
Programmer 2.6 years
Access Developer 2.6 years
Lead Developer 2.5 years
Developer Analyst 2.5 years
Lead Architect 2.5 years
Lead Web Developer 2.4 years
Web Architect 2.4 years
Solution Developer 2.4 years
Contract Developer 2.3 years
Java Developer 2.3 years
Developer 2.2 years
Web Developer 2.1 years
Database Developer 2.1 years
PHP Developer 2.1 years
GIS Developer 2.0 years
Module Lead 2.0 years
Java Web Developer 1.8 years
Junior Programmer 1.8 years
J2ee Developer 1.8 years
Junior Developer 1.4 years
Top Employers Before
Consultant 6.3%
Developer 4.7%
Programmer 3.6%
Top Employers After
Consultant 7.2%
Developer 3.7%
Manager 2.9%

Lead Application Developer Demographics

Gender

Male

79.2%

Female

18.7%

Unknown

2.1%
Ethnicity

White

66.7%

Asian

22.2%

Hispanic or Latino

6.6%

Unknown

3.5%

Black or African American

1.0%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

33.3%

Chinese

16.7%

Japanese

16.7%

Mandarin

16.7%

Sanskrit

8.3%

Italian

8.3%
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Lead Application Developer Education

Schools

New York University

10.5%

George Mason University

9.2%

University of Phoenix

7.9%

Arizona State University

6.6%

New Jersey Institute of Technology

6.6%

University of Texas at Arlington

5.3%

Wright State University

5.3%

University of Texas at Austin

5.3%

Louisiana Tech University

3.9%

University of South Florida

3.9%

Southern Methodist University

3.9%

American University

3.9%

State University of New York Buffalo

3.9%

University of South Alabama

3.9%

Capella University

3.9%

University of Cincinnati

3.9%

University of California - Irvine

3.9%

Drexel University

2.6%

Elon University

2.6%

Anderson University (Indiana)

2.6%
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Majors

Computer Science

31.1%

Business

10.4%

Computer Engineering

9.2%

Computer Information Systems

8.5%

Information Technology

5.9%

Electrical Engineering

5.4%

Management Information Systems

3.5%

Computer Applications

3.3%

Information Systems

3.3%

Management

2.6%

Project Management

2.4%

Accounting

2.4%

Finance

1.9%

Computer Programming

1.9%

Electrical Engineering Technology

1.7%

Engineering

1.7%

Economics

1.4%

Mathematics

1.2%

Physics

1.2%

Chemical Engineering

1.2%
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Degrees

Bachelors

44.3%

Masters

33.7%

Other

13.0%

Associate

3.3%

Certificate

2.9%

Diploma

1.7%

Doctorate

1.1%
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Real Lead Application Developer Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Application Developer Lead (Vice President) Jpmorgan Chase & Co. New York, NY Nov 28, 2016 $180,000
Application Developer Lead Jpmorgan Chase & Co. New York, NY Jul 25, 2016 $170,000
Application Developer Lead Jpmorgan Chase & Co. New York, NY Aug 22, 2016 $165,000
Applications Developer Lead Jpmorgan Chase & Co. New York, NY Oct 01, 2015 $164,800
Applications Developer Lead JP Morgan Chase & Co New York, NY Apr 10, 2016 $160,500
Applications Developer Lead Jpmorgan Chase & Co. New York, NY May 25, 2015 $160,000
Applications Developer Lead Jpmorgan Chase & Co. Jersey City, NJ Sep 25, 2015 $157,500
Applications Developer Lead JP Morgan Chase & Co Jersey City, NJ Sep 29, 2016 $157,500
Application Developer Lead Jpmorgan Chase & Co. New York, NY Jul 13, 2015 $155,000
Application Developer Lead Jpmorgan Chase & Co. Dallas, TX Sep 19, 2016 $155,000
Application Developer Lead Jpmorgan Chase & Co. Chicago, IL Apr 29, 2015 $150,000
Applications Developer Lead Jpmorgan Chase & Co. Columbus, NY Apr 01, 2016 $150,000
Applications Developer Lead Jpmorgan Chase &Amp; Co. Columbus, OH Apr 01, 2016 $150,000
Applications Developer Lead Jpmorgan Chase & Co. Jersey City, NJ Sep 26, 2016 $150,000
Lead Application Developer I ESPN, Inc. Bristol, CT May 31, 2015 $123,682
Application Developer Lead Jpmorgan Chase & Co. New York, NY Jul 03, 2016 $123,000
Application Developer Lead Jpmorgan Chase & Co. Jersey City, NJ Nov 12, 2016 $123,000
Application Developer Lead Starbucks Coffee Company Seattle, WA Dec 17, 2016 $122,533 -
$161,600
Application Developer Lead Starbucks Coffee Company Seattle, WA Aug 12, 2016 $122,533 -
$161,000
Application Developer Lead Starbucks Coffee Company Seattle, WA Apr 12, 2016 $122,533 -
$161,600
Application Developer Lead Starbucks Coffee Company Seattle, WA Sep 25, 2016 $122,533 -
$161,600
Lead Application Developer Jpmorgan Chase &Amp; Co. Jersey City, NJ Mar 01, 2015 $122,500
Lead Application Developer Pantar Solutions Inc. Sunnyvale, CA Feb 18, 2015 $109,800
Application Developer Lead Jpmorgan Chase & Co. Jersey City, NJ Jan 05, 2015 $109,600
Application Developer Lead Jpmorgan Chase & Co. Jersey City, NJ May 01, 2015 $109,600
Application Developer Lead Jpmorgan Chase & Co. Tampa, FL Oct 20, 2015 $109,100
Application Developer Lead The PNC Financial Services Group, Inc. Pittsburgh, PA Jul 11, 2016 $109,000
Lead Apllication Designer/Developer American Software Resources, Inc. Farmington, CT Aug 10, 2015 $108,763
Lead Application Developer Suntrust Banks, Inc. Atlanta, GA Jun 18, 2016 $108,605
Lead Application Developer Hospice of The Valley Phoenix, AZ May 12, 2016 $108,514 -
$117,416

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Top Skills for A Lead Application Developer

WebApplicationPl/SqlDatabaseApplicationDevelopmentMicrosoftSQLServerASPProceduresWindowsNTC#.NETXMLHtmlJavascriptUserInterfaceWebServicesFinancialAPIJqueryProjectManagementManagementSystemUnix

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Top Lead Application Developer Skills

  1. Web Application
  2. Pl/Sql
  3. Database
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Develop web applications to assist various entities within the university to complete assigned tasks.
  • Created PL/SQL stored procedures, functions and packages for moving the data from staging area to data mart.
  • Used TOAD for database operations.
  • Developed, program and integrate application development.
  • Created stored procedures in Microsoft SQL Server to provide data to reports.

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