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Working As A Lead Software Architect

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

  • $110,460

    Average Salary

What Does A Lead Software Architect 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 Software Architect

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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Average Length of Employment
Software Director 3.8 years
Architect Manager 3.7 years
Chief Architect 3.5 years
Senior Programmer 3.4 years
Software Engineer 3.2 years
Software Leader 3.2 years
Systems Architect 3.2 years
Software Architect 3.2 years
Lead Programmer 3.1 years
Software Designer 3.0 years
Architect 3.0 years
Senior Architect 2.8 years
Software Developer 2.7 years
Software Analyst 2.6 years
Lead Developer 2.5 years
Lead Architect 2.5 years
Web Architect 2.4 years
Solution Developer 2.4 years
Java Architect 2.0 years
Top Employers Before
Consultant 4.4%
Programmer 2.3%
Top Employers After
Consultant 3.3%
Architect 2.9%

Lead Software Architect Demographics

Gender

Male

91.0%

Female

6.4%

Unknown

2.6%
Ethnicity

White

65.3%

Asian

19.9%

Unknown

6.8%

Hispanic or Latino

6.4%

Black or African American

1.5%
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Languages Spoken

French

18.2%

Gujarati

18.2%

Hindi

18.2%

Spanish

18.2%

German

9.1%

Hebrew

9.1%

Russian

9.1%
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Lead Software Architect Education

Schools

Purdue University

9.6%

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

7.7%

Northern Illinois University

7.7%

Illinois Institute of Technology

5.8%

Carnegie Mellon University

5.8%

Colorado State University

5.8%

George Mason University

5.8%

University of Maryland - College Park

5.8%

Brown University

3.8%

University of Florida

3.8%

University of Washington

3.8%

California State Polytechnic University - Pomona

3.8%

Harvard University

3.8%

Wichita State University

3.8%

Marquette University

3.8%

State University of New York Buffalo

3.8%

Pennsylvania State University

3.8%

University of Houston

3.8%

University of Texas at Dallas

3.8%

University of Pittsburgh -

3.8%
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Majors

Computer Science

42.9%

Electrical Engineering

9.1%

Computer Engineering

9.1%

Business

7.4%

Physics

4.6%

Information Technology

3.4%

Computer Information Systems

2.9%

Mathematics

2.9%

Economics

2.3%

Management Information Systems

1.7%

Marketing

1.7%

Architecture

1.7%

Computer Programming

1.7%

Accounting

1.7%

Systems Engineering

1.1%

Management

1.1%

Finance

1.1%

Philosophy

1.1%

Statistics

1.1%

Information Systems

1.1%
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Degrees

Bachelors

45.8%

Masters

40.3%

Other

8.0%

Certificate

2.0%

Diploma

1.5%

Doctorate

1.5%

Associate

1.0%
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Real Lead Software Architect Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Lead Software Architect Southeastern Data Cooperative Inc. Atlanta, GA Oct 01, 2013 $170,000
Software Architect Lead Proquest LLC Mountain View, CA Nov 21, 2015 $167,981
Lead Software Architect-Telematics Core Platform Delta Computer Consulting, Inc. Torrance, CA Jun 07, 2014 $166,960
Lead Software Architect-Telematics Core Platform Delta Computer Consulting, Inc. Torrance, CA Jan 30, 2014 $166,960
Lead Software Architect-Telematics Core Platform Delta Computer Consulting, Inc. Torrance, CA Sep 10, 2012 $166,960
Lead Software Architect Environmental Systems Research Institute, Inc. Redlands, CA Aug 13, 2012 $166,400
Lead Software Architect Boxbee, Inc. New York, NY Jun 10, 2015 $165,000
Lead Software Architect Mercury Networks, LLC Sunnyvale, CA Apr 15, 2015 $165,000
Lead Software Architect Amdocs Inc. Dulles Town Center, VA Sep 29, 2016 $160,000
Lead Software Components Architect Atypon Systems, Inc. Santa Clara, CA Feb 03, 2015 $156,200
Software Architect Lead Proquest Mountain View, CA Mar 12, 2015 $152,776
Lead Software Architect, Embedded Systems Primus Power Corporation Hayward, CA Mar 02, 2015 $150,000
Software Architect Lead Synchronoss Technologies, Inc. Reston, VA Sep 19, 2016 $150,000
Software Architect Lead Acumen, LLC Burlingame, CA Sep 28, 2013 $124,987 -
$136,200
Software Architect Lead Enterprise Holdings, Inc. Saint Charles, MO Feb 22, 2014 $123,480
Lead Software Architect (Tibco) The Guardian Life Insurance Company of America New York, NY Nov 19, 2010 $121,493 -
$131,978
Lead Software Architect Avenue 81, Inc. Saint Paul, MN Sep 01, 2014 $120,000
Lead Software Architect Bankers Healthcare Group, Inc. Southwest Ranches, FL Mar 15, 2013 $120,000
Senior Lead-Software Architect Valuemomentum, Inc. South Plainfield, NJ Nov 19, 2015 $120,000
Software Architect-Technical Lead Cynergy Systems, Inc. San Diego, CA Mar 21, 2011 $110,000
Lead Software Architect Innovative Web Creations, Inc. Plano, TX Nov 01, 2014 $110,000
Techlead/Software Architect Manhattan Telecommunications Corporation New York, NY Jan 16, 2015 $110,000
Lead Software Architect Global Data Management Software, LLC Boston, MA Sep 17, 2010 $108,000
Lead Software Architect Appchord, Inc. San Jose, CA Jun 10, 2016 $105,000
Lead Software Architect Appchord, Inc. Salt Lake City, UT Aug 27, 2015 $105,000

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Top Skills for A Lead Software Architect

WebApplicationSoftwareArchitectureSQLServerC #WebServicesPlatformDatabaseWindowsXMLAPISoftwareDevelopmentC++HtmlAsp.NetMVCJ2EeLinuxJavascriptJqueryManagementSystemUML

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Top Lead Software Architect Skills

  1. Web Application
  2. Software Architecture
  3. SQL Server
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Developed IE toolbar application to allow web applications to directly interface with hardware.
  • Lead responsibility for designing software architecture and mentoring programming staff.
  • Trained developers regarding complex MSCS and SQL Server features.
  • Provided Technical leadership in the design, development and testing of web-based applications and web services.
  • Provide technical leadership and expertise of the whole software and service platform.

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