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Working As A Lead Architect/Developer

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

  • $116,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Lead Architect/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 Architect/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 Architect/Developer Career Paths

Lead Architect/Developer
Lead Architect Project Manager Information Technology Director
Senior Director Of Information & Technology
14 Yearsyrs
Lead Architect Project Manager Development Manager
Senior Development Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Lead Architect Project Manager Engineering Director
Senior Director Of Engineering
15 Yearsyrs
Software Development Manager
Director Of Software Development
12 Yearsyrs
Software Development Manager Senior Project Manager Senior Product Manager
Principal Product Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Software Development Manager Information Technology Project Manager
Enterprise Project Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Lead Solution Architect Information Technology Project Manager
Technical Delivery Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Lead Solution Architect Information Technology Project Manager Information Technology Director
Director Of Enterprise Architecture
14 Yearsyrs
Lead Solution Architect Senior Manager Founder
Chief Technology Officer & Founder
9 Yearsyrs
Chief Architect Vice President Vice President Of Engineering
Vice President Of Software Engineering
13 Yearsyrs
Chief Architect Director Information Technology Director
Vice President Of Application Development
11 Yearsyrs
Chief Architect Technical Director
Director, Applications
12 Yearsyrs
Development Manager Information Technology Manager
Information Technology Development Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Development Manager Manager Applications Development
Application Development Director
11 Yearsyrs
Lead Software Architect Senior Consultant Technical Project Manager
Technical Product Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Lead Software Architect Senior Consultant Business Systems Senior Analyst
Product Owner
9 Yearsyrs
Lead Software Architect Senior Consultant Technology Architect
Vice President, Technology
11 Yearsyrs
Technical Manager Technical Project Manager Delivery Manager
Senior Delivery Manager
12 Yearsyrs
Lead Data Architect Senior Leader Technology Architect
Principal Technologist
10 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Software Architect 3.2 years
Lead Architect 2.5 years
Lead Developer 2.5 years
Developer 2.2 years
Top Careers Before Lead Architect/Developer
Developer 9.1%
Consultant 6.2%
Architect 2.7%
Programmer 2.2%
Top Careers After Lead Architect/Developer
Architect 8.3%
Consultant 5.9%
Developer 5.2%

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Lead Architect/Developer Demographics

Gender

Male

79.3%

Unknown

10.7%

Female

10.0%
Ethnicity

White

47.9%

Asian

25.0%

Hispanic or Latino

11.9%

Black or African American

9.9%

Unknown

5.3%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Swedish

10.5%

Gujarati

10.5%

German

10.5%

French

10.5%

Hindi

10.5%

Danish

5.3%

Finnish

5.3%

Dutch

5.3%

Japanese

5.3%

Greek

5.3%

Armenian

5.3%

Hebrew

5.3%

Arabic

5.3%

Korean

5.3%
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Lead Architect/Developer Education

Schools

New York University

9.1%

Johns Hopkins University

7.1%

George Washington University

6.1%

University of Texas at Arlington

5.1%

University of Washington

5.1%

Indiana Institute of Technology

5.1%

Pennsylvania State University

5.1%

University of Houston

5.1%

Oklahoma State University

5.1%

New Jersey Institute of Technology

5.1%

More Tech Institute

5.1%

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

5.1%

University of Michigan - Ann Arbor

4.0%

Drexel University

4.0%

South University

4.0%

Georgia State University

4.0%

DePaul University

4.0%

University of Southern California

4.0%

University of Louisiana at Lafayette

4.0%

City College of New York of the City University of New York

4.0%
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Majors

Computer Science

33.9%

Business

9.8%

Electrical Engineering

9.8%

Computer Engineering

8.0%

Information Technology

4.9%

Engineering

4.6%

Computer Information Systems

4.3%

Computer Applications

3.8%

Management Information Systems

3.0%

Mathematics

3.0%

Finance

2.6%

Mechanical Engineering

2.0%

Information Systems

2.0%

Mathematics And Computer Science

1.6%

Physics

1.6%

Economics

1.1%

Engineering And Industrial Management

1.1%

Management

1.0%

Accounting

1.0%

Computer Programming

0.8%
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Degrees

Bachelors

44.4%

Masters

36.6%

Other

11.3%

Doctorate

2.9%

Associate

2.5%

Diploma

1.4%

Certificate

1.0%
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Best Paying Company
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Highest Paying City
Menlo Park, CA
Highest Paying State
North Dakota
Avg Experience Level
2.9 years
How much does a Lead Architect/Developer make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Lead Architect/Developer in the United States is $117,053 per year or $56 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $91,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $149,000.

Real Lead Architect/Developer Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Technical Lead Development Architect Personalis, Inc. Menlo Park, CA Sep 01, 2015 $176,000
Lead Sitecore Developer and Architect AKT, LLC. Plano, TX Oct 09, 2014 $150,000
Software Development Technical Lead/Architect The Advisory Board Company Washington, DC Feb 07, 2012 $136,500
Architect and Development Lead Insyst Inc. Medford, MA Jun 26, 2015 $130,000
Lead Developer/Architect Buyseasons, Inc. New Berlin, WI Jun 27, 2011 $130,000 -
$160,000
Lead Developer/Architect Buyseasons, Inc. New Berlin, WI Apr 24, 2011 $130,000 -
$160,000
Lead Architect Oracle Application Development General Electric Company Cincinnati, OH Oct 25, 2016 $127,300
Lead Developer/Architect Thinkcentric, Inc. Weehawken, NJ Sep 07, 2014 $126,923
Lead Systems Architect Developer Mphasis Corporation New York, NY Aug 26, 2016 $126,430
Lead Systems Architect Developer Mphasis Corporation New York, NY Nov 18, 2015 $126,430
Lead Developer-SOA Architect American Eagle Outfitters, Inc. PA Apr 22, 2013 $125,000
Lead Systems Architect Developer Mphasis Corporation New York, NY Nov 26, 2014 $122,180
Lead Systems Architect Developer Mphasis Corporation New York, NY Nov 21, 2014 $122,180
Lead Architect-Oracle Application Development General Electric Company Cincinnati, OH Dec 10, 2015 $120,000 -
$130,000
UI Architect, Development Lead Barclays Services Corp New York, NY Jan 08, 2015 $112,000
Lead Systems Architect Developer Mphasis Corporation New York, NY Jan 07, 2016 $111,120
Lead Systems Architect Developer Mphasis Corporation New York, NY May 07, 2016 $111,120
Lead Systems Architect Developer Mphasis Corporation New York, NY Oct 27, 2016 $111,120
Lead Developer/Architect Prokarma, Inc. Omaha, NE Sep 30, 2016 $110,000 -
$120,000
Lead Systems Architect Developer Mphasis Corporation New York, NY Jul 01, 2015 $108,763
Architect/Lead Developer Compass Group USA Inc. Charlotte, NC Jun 04, 2016 $105,000
Lead Systems Architect Developer Mphasis Corporation Overland Park, KS Feb 21, 2015 $103,958
Lead Developer/Architect Telcobuy.com LLC Maryland Heights, MO Apr 01, 2013 $100,298 -
$115,000

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Top Skills for A Lead Architect/Developer

  1. Web Application
  2. Pl/Sql
  3. Architecture
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  • Collaborated closely with business partners to facilitate requirement gathering and implementation of web applications.
  • Coded complex Materialized Views, SQL Functions and Stored Procedures using SQL & PL/SQL to be used in Reports development.
  • Played a role of delivery lead to responsible solution architecture and technical project management.
  • Participated actively in re-design of ETL and data warehouse model.
  • Developed Reports using SQL reporting services and configured QA and production environments.

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