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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

  • $108,000

    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
Lead Developer Project Manager Information Technology Director
Senior Director Of Information & Technology
14 Yearsyrs
Lead Developer Project Manager Development Manager
Senior Development Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Lead Developer Project Manager Product Manager
Vice President, Product Management
13 Yearsyrs
Lead Technician Information Technology Manager Chief Technology Officer
President & Chief Technology Officer
13 Yearsyrs
Lead Technician Project Leader Senior Business Analyst
Product Owner
9 Yearsyrs
Lead Technician Senior Project Manager Senior Product Manager
Principal Product Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Manager Applications Development
Application Development Director
11 Yearsyrs
Manager Applications Development Senior Project Manager
Director Of Software Development
12 Yearsyrs
Manager Applications Development Information Technology Project Manager
Enterprise Project Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Senior Consultant Manager Information Technology Project Manager
Technical Delivery Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Senior Consultant Manager Information Technology Manager
Information Technology Development Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Senior Consultant Owner Co-Founder
Chief Technology Officer & Founder
9 Yearsyrs
Project Leader Manager Information Technology Manager
Director, Applications
12 Yearsyrs
Project Leader Senior Project Manager Director Of Software Development
Vice President Of Software Engineering
13 Yearsyrs
Development Manager Director Information Technology Director
Director Of Enterprise Architecture
14 Yearsyrs
Development Manager Engineering Manager Technical Project Manager
Technical Product Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Team Leader Warehouse Manager Delivery Manager
Senior Delivery Manager
12 Yearsyrs
Team Leader Information Technology Project Manager Information Technology Director
Vice President Of Application Development
11 Yearsyrs
Team Leader Technical Team Lead Senior Technical Architect
Principal Technologist
10 Yearsyrs
Application Lead Lead Consultant Technology Architect
Vice President, Technology
11 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Application Lead 3.0 years
Lead Developer 2.5 years
Developer 2.2 years
Top Careers Before Lead Application Developer
Consultant 6.0%
Developer 5.2%
Programmer 3.5%
Top Careers After Lead Application Developer
Consultant 8.0%
Developer 4.3%

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Lead Application Developer Demographics

Gender

Male

72.8%

Female

17.4%

Unknown

9.9%
Ethnicity

White

51.9%

Asian

22.0%

Hispanic or Latino

11.2%

Black or African American

10.0%

Unknown

5.0%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

42.9%

Chinese

21.4%

Mandarin

14.3%

Japanese

14.3%

Sanskrit

7.1%
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Lead Application Developer Education

Schools

New York University

8.1%

More Tech Institute

8.1%

University of Phoenix

6.7%

Arizona State University

5.9%

Ohio State University

5.9%

Wright State University

5.9%

New Jersey Institute of Technology

5.2%

George Mason University

5.2%

Florida International University

5.2%

University of California - Irvine

4.4%

Stanford University

4.4%

Texas A&M University

4.4%

University of Pittsburgh -

4.4%

University of South Florida

3.7%

Villanova University

3.7%

Brigham Young University

3.7%

University of Texas at Austin

3.7%

Southern Methodist University

3.7%

University of Houston

3.7%

Louisiana Tech University

3.7%
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Majors

Computer Science

34.4%

Business

8.6%

Computer Engineering

8.5%

Computer Information Systems

7.9%

Information Technology

6.2%

Electrical Engineering

5.4%

Computer Applications

4.8%

Management Information Systems

3.3%

Information Systems

3.2%

Engineering

2.2%

Finance

2.0%

Management

1.9%

Computer Programming

1.7%

Project Management

1.7%

Mathematics

1.6%

Accounting

1.6%

Electrical Engineering Technology

1.4%

Economics

1.2%

Chemical Engineering

1.1%

Computer Networking

1.1%
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Degrees

Bachelors

44.2%

Masters

34.8%

Other

11.4%

Associate

3.3%

Certificate

2.4%

Diploma

2.0%

Doctorate

1.9%
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Highest Paying City
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Highest Paying State
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Avg Experience Level
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How much does a Lead Application Developer make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Lead Application Developer in the United States is $108,218 per year or $52 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $85,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $137,000.

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 JP Morgan Chase & Co Jersey City, NJ Sep 29, 2016 $157,500
Applications Developer Lead Jpmorgan Chase & Co. Jersey City, NJ Sep 25, 2015 $157,500
Application Developer Lead Jpmorgan Chase & Co. Dallas, TX Sep 19, 2016 $155,000
Application Developer Lead Jpmorgan Chase & Co. New York, NY Jul 13, 2015 $155,000
Application Developer Lead Jpmorgan Chase & Co. Jersey City, NJ Jan 07, 2016 $150,000
Applications Developer Lead JP Morgan Chase & Co New York, NY Jun 19, 2015 $150,000
Applications Developer Lead Jpmorgan Chase & Co. Jersey City, NJ Sep 26, 2016 $150,000
Applications Developer (Team Lead) JP Morgan Chase & Co Chicago, IL Feb 27, 2015 $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 Aug 12, 2016 $122,533 -
$161,000
Application Developer Lead Starbucks Coffee Company Seattle, WA Sep 25, 2016 $122,533 -
$161,600
Application Developer Lead Starbucks Coffee Company Seattle, WA Dec 17, 2016 $122,533 -
$161,600
Application Developer Lead Starbucks Coffee Company Seattle, WA Apr 12, 2016 $122,533 -
$161,600
Lead Application Developer Jpmorgan Chase & 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 May 01, 2015 $109,600
Application Developer Lead Jpmorgan Chase & Co. Jersey City, NJ Jan 05, 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

  1. Web Application
  2. SQL
  3. Data Warehouse
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  • Create custom corporate applications, web applications, and services for client, and company use.
  • Set up and administered SQL server to import data from an AS400 and to serve data for yellow page listings.
  • Collaborated with Business partners and Application Owners to hash out data sourcing and transformation into downstream distribution Data Warehouse.
  • Led development team on all aspects of custom database application development.
  • Designed and developed generic persistence component to work with several applications using Java, XML, JDOM and DOM.

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