A programmer/analyst lead uses the technological tools that all programmers know how to use to perform regular analysis of a development project they are working on. Programmer/analyst leads play an important role in the problem analysis process by gathering data about a problem and presenting it in a way that offers insights, such as a logic diagram. They use tools such as Portal and jQuery to develop solutions to problems that arise during the development process. Besides analysis, programmer/analyst leads also handle regular programming tasks like Quality Analysis (QA) and debugging. They are usually in charge of a whole team of programmers/analysts.
Programmer/analyst leads have additional responsibilities because they supervise others, but they are rewarded with an increase in their paycheck. They earn an average salary of $99,325 a year.
Before they can lead others, programmer/analyst leads need to have several years of experience working as programmer analysts or regular programmers. Almost all have at least a bachelor's degree in computer science.