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Become A Lead Developer

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Working As A Lead Developer

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

  • $95,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Lead Developer Do

A Lead Developer designs and develops software and web or desktop applications for a company. They conduct an analysis of the company’s needs and goals for the development and implementation of application systems.

How To Become A Lead 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 Developer Career Paths

Lead Developer
Senior Consultant Senior Manager Director Of Information
Chief Information Officer
11 Yearsyrs
Senior Consultant Information Technology Manager Director Of Information
Chief Technology Officer
11 Yearsyrs
Lead Technician Systems Administrator Information Technology Manager
Director Of Information
10 Yearsyrs
Business Analyst Consultant Senior Software Engineer
Director Of Software Development
12 Yearsyrs
Solutions Architect Senior Manager Director Of Information
Director, Applications
13 Yearsyrs
Project Leader Business Analyst Information Technology Manager
Information Technology Director
10 Yearsyrs
Solutions Architect Senior Project Manager Senior Product Manager
Principal Product Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Architect Project Manager Product Manager
Product Manager, Mobile
10 Yearsyrs
Development Manager Developer/Consultant Business Analyst
Product Owner
9 Yearsyrs
Senior Project Manager Contractor/Consultant Senior Software Engineer
Senior .NET Developer
6 Yearsyrs
Project Leader Senior Consultant Information Technology Manager
Senior Information Technology Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Business Analyst Senior Systems Analyst Senior Software Engineer
Senior Java Developer
6 Yearsyrs
Technical Manager Information Technology Consultant Information Systems Manager
Senior Manager-Systems
12 Yearsyrs
Senior Project Manager Subject Matter Expert Business Analyst
Senior Programmer Analyst
7 Yearsyrs
Lead Technician Project Manager
Senior Project Manager
12 Yearsyrs
Development Manager Human Resources Coordinator Business Analyst
Senior Quality Assurance Analyst
6 Yearsyrs
Project Manager General Manager Database Administrator
Senior Software Engineer
6 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Information Technology Project Manager Director Of Information
Vice President Of Information Technology
12 Yearsyrs
Design, Development Senior Software Engineer Director Of Software Development
Vice President, Software Development
11 Yearsyrs
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Lead Developer Demographics

Gender

  • Male

    75.5%
  • Female

    21.5%
  • Unknown

    3.0%

Ethnicity

  • White

    63.2%
  • Asian

    25.1%
  • Hispanic or Latino

    7.6%
  • Unknown

    3.1%
  • Black or African American

    1.0%
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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

    36.9%
  • French

    13.6%
  • German

    6.5%
  • Japanese

    5.1%
  • Portuguese

    4.7%
  • Chinese

    4.7%
  • Hindi

    3.7%
  • Italian

    3.7%
  • Mandarin

    3.3%
  • Arabic

    2.8%
  • Russian

    2.3%
  • Korean

    1.9%
  • Swedish

    1.4%
  • Gujarati

    1.4%
  • Cantonese

    1.4%
  • Carrier

    1.4%
  • Czech

    1.4%
  • Urdu

    1.4%
  • Polish

    1.4%
  • Telugu

    0.9%
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Real Lead Developer Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Business Leader, Development and Strategy Chegg, Inc. Santa Clara, CA Nov 19, 2015 $300,000
Lead Developer Utility Data Contractors, Inc. Walnut Creek, CA Aug 07, 2016 $283,473
FX Development Lead Strike Technologies, LLC New York, NY Sep 24, 2016 $235,000
Lead Developer Loggly, Inc. San Francisco, CA Aug 03, 2016 $188,822
ETL Lead Developer Populus Group LLC Raleigh, NC Sep 11, 2015 $187,830
Lead Mdms Developer Innovative Systems Group, Inc. Glen Ellyn, IL Jan 10, 2016 $185,743
Lead Developer Asap Solutions Group Dallas, TX Nov 20, 2015 $182,613
Lead Developer Asap Solutions Group Reston, VA Nov 20, 2015 $182,613
Lead Netezza Developer The Matlen Silver Group, Inc. Charlotte, NC Sep 21, 2015 $177,395
Technical Lead Development Architect Personalis, Inc. Menlo Park, CA Sep 01, 2015 $176,000
Lead Developer Forex Factory, Inc. Tampa, FL Aug 16, 2016 $175,000
Lead Ecommerce Developer Levi Strauss & Co. San Francisco, CA Aug 17, 2015 $175,000
Lead Developer Forex Factory, Inc. Tampa, FL Jan 10, 2016 $175,000
Lead Data Quality Developer Comcast Cable Communications, LLC West Chester, PA Jun 06, 2016 $111,925 -
$120,000
Lead Developer Datafloat LLC New York, NY Sep 20, 2016 $111,500
Lead Developer Intercontinental Exchange Holdings, Inc. Atlanta, GA Sep 15, 2016 $111,500 -
$138,600
Lead Developer Headstrong Services LLC New York, NY Aug 09, 2016 $111,405
Lead Developer LPL Financial LLC Fort Mill, SC Dec 27, 2016 $111,405 -
$131,997
Lead C# Developer CSG Systems, Inc. Chicago, IL Nov 28, 2016 $111,300 -
$126,300
Systems Lead/Developer Friendly Consultants, Inc. Princeton Junction, NJ Jun 07, 2016 $111,259
Lead Developer Datafloat LLC New York, NY Feb 01, 2016 $111,200
Lead Developer Metaoption LLC Aventura, FL Mar 23, 2015 $94,640
Lead Developer American Express Travel Related Services Company, Inc. Phoenix, AZ Nov 01, 2015 $94,640
Development Lead Accenture LLP Seattle, WA Jul 30, 2015 $94,400
Development Lead Accenture LLP Seattle, WA Apr 21, 2015 $94,400
Lead Developer Headstrong Services LLC New York, NY Aug 15, 2016 $94,000
Lead Backend Developer Hypemarks Inc. San Francisco, CA Apr 18, 2016 $94,000
Lead Developer Orion Systems Integrators, LLC Monmouth Junction, NJ Jan 19, 2016 $94,000
Lead Developer Orion Systems Integrators LLC Monmouth Junction, NJ Oct 01, 2015 $94,000 -
$104,000

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Top Skills for A Lead Developer

WebApplicationPl/SqlDataWarehouseSQLServerWebServicesXMLWindowsXPASPC#.NETJavascriptArchitectureHtmlProceduresUserInterfaceUnixJqueryAPICSSMVCAjax

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Top Lead Developer Skills

  1. Web Application
  2. Pl/Sql
  3. Data Warehouse
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Managed teams of programmers and designers to complete web application projects.
  • Developed complex Pl/Sql procedures and packages as part of Transformation and data cleansing.
  • Maintained warehouse metadata, naming standards and data warehouse standards for future application development.
  • Supported maintenance schedules, backups, document restores and SQL Server 7.0/6.5 database repository.
  • Developed Infrastructure for SOAP Web services interface.

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