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Working As A Project Developer

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

  • $92,286

    Average Salary

What Does A Project 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 Project 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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Project Developer Career Paths

Project Developer
Project Coordinator Business Analyst Senior Programmer Analyst
Application Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Program Manager Senior Manager
Director Of Enterprise Architecture
14 Yearsyrs
Senior Software Engineer Software Development Manager
Director Of Software Development
12 Yearsyrs
Program Manager Consultant Information Technology Manager
Director, Applications
12 Yearsyrs
Information Technology Project Manager Solutions Architect Implementation Manager
Integration Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Senior Project Manager Senior Product Manager Senior Manager
Practice Leader
11 Yearsyrs
Senior Software Engineer Project Leader Business Analyst
Product Owner
9 Yearsyrs
Web Developer Senior Software Engineer Development Manager
Senior Development Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Senior Project Manager Engineering Director
Senior Director Of Engineering
15 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Product Manager Product Management Director
Senior Director, Product Management
14 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Senior Project Manager
Senior Technical Program Manager
12 Yearsyrs
Information Technology Project Manager Principal Consultant Solutions Architect
Solutions Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Project Coordinator Human Resources Coordinator Technical Recruiter
Technical Account Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Project Leader Program Manager Product Manager
Technical Product Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Software Engineer Interactive Developer User Experience Designer
User Experience Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Programmer Senior Programmer Analyst Manager Applications Development
Vice President Of Application Development
11 Yearsyrs
Software Engineer Senior Software Engineer Director Of Software Development
Vice President Of Software Engineering
14 Yearsyrs
Web Developer Development Manager Director Of Software Development
Vice President, Software Development
11 Yearsyrs
Project Leader Business Analyst Assistant Vice President
Vice President, Technology
11 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Lead Developer 2.5 years
Solution Developer 2.3 years
Developer 2.2 years
Contract Developer 2.1 years
Project Developer 2.0 years
Project Associate 1.8 years
Junior Developer 1.4 years
Project Trainee 0.6 years
Top Employers Before
Internship 11.2%
Developer 6.4%
Consultant 6.3%
Manager 4.8%
President 4.4%
Volunteer 3.5%
Teacher 3.1%
Top Employers After
Consultant 10.6%
Developer 6.4%
Internship 5.2%
Volunteer 3.6%
President 3.2%
Owner 3.0%

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Project Developer Demographics

Gender

Male

65.5%

Female

29.1%

Unknown

5.3%
Ethnicity

White

53.0%

Asian

16.9%

Hispanic or Latino

14.7%

Black or African American

9.9%

Unknown

5.4%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

38.6%

French

12.0%

German

9.5%

Portuguese

7.0%

Arabic

5.7%

Chinese

5.1%

Italian

3.2%

Mandarin

3.2%

Russian

3.2%

Japanese

2.5%

Korean

1.9%

Hebrew

1.9%

Navajo

1.3%

Carrier

1.3%

Swedish

0.6%

Swahili

0.6%

Hausa

0.6%

Romanian

0.6%

Hindi

0.6%

Somali

0.6%
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Project Developer Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

11.9%

University of Alabama

7.0%

University of Connecticut

6.3%

Northeastern University

6.3%

George Washington University

5.6%

University of Pennsylvania

5.6%

University of Houston

5.6%

Clemson University

4.9%

New York University

4.2%

Michigan State University

4.2%

University of Texas at Austin

4.2%

Harvard University

4.2%

University of Arizona

4.2%

University of Delaware

4.2%

Georgia Institute of Technology -

4.2%

University of Wisconsin - Stout

3.5%

Arizona State University

3.5%

Texas A&M University

3.5%

University of Washington

3.5%

Cornell University

3.5%
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Majors

Business

21.5%

Computer Science

15.0%

Electrical Engineering

6.8%

Computer Engineering

4.7%

Mechanical Engineering

4.7%

Marketing

4.5%

Finance

4.2%

Project Management

3.6%

Management

3.5%

Civil Engineering

3.5%

Psychology

3.5%

Engineering

3.2%

Political Science

3.0%

Computer Information Systems

3.0%

Communication

2.7%

Information Technology

2.7%

Economics

2.6%

Computer Applications

2.6%

Education

2.4%

Legal Research And Advanced Professional Studies

2.3%
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Degrees

Bachelors

41.4%

Masters

31.3%

Other

15.8%

Certificate

4.0%

Associate

3.3%

Doctorate

3.3%

Diploma

0.8%
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Real Project Developer Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Utilities Developer/Trainer-Chevron Wheatstone Project Petrofac Inc. Houston, TX Jul 01, 2013 $200,000
Software Project Developer Industrial Defender, Inc. Foxborough, MA Dec 01, 2013 $127,308
Project Developer-Ho Energy Siemens Industry, Inc. Fairfax, VA Dec 28, 2015 $122,000
Project Developer JCI Development, Inc. Los Angeles, CA Mar 06, 2016 $121,597
Software Project Developer Industrial Defender, Inc. Foxborough, MA Dec 01, 2010 $120,000
Software Project Developer Industrial Defender, Inc. Foxborough, MA Dec 01, 2013 $118,105
ETL Project Developer Commerzbank AG-New York Branch New York, NY Oct 16, 2015 $118,000
Software Project Developer Industrial Defender, Inc. Foxborough, MA Dec 01, 2010 $110,000
Developer-Special Projects Github Inc. San Francisco, CA Sep 18, 2014 $110,000
CPE Developer, Rogers Project Icontrol Networks Inc. Austin, TX Feb 02, 2015 $110,000
Senior Project Developer Noresco LLC Edison, NJ Nov 22, 2010 $109,762 -
$113,000
Lead Project Developer Avisena, Inc. Miami, FL Oct 30, 2011 $106,392
ETL Project Developer Commerzbank AG-New York Branch New York, NY Oct 16, 2012 $105,000
Project Developer Princeton Information, Ltd. Tampa, FL Jun 29, 2015 $99,965
Senior Project Developer Noresco LLC Edison, NJ Nov 22, 2013 $96,470 -
$118,721
Project Developer Princeton Information, Ltd. PA Jul 01, 2016 $96,000
Project Developer NRG Energy, Inc. Larkspur, CA Oct 17, 2011 $96,000
Project Developer Princeton Information, Ltd. PA Jan 07, 2016 $96,000
Project Developer The Travelers Indemnity Company Hartford, CT Aug 03, 2009 $90,501 -
$95,000
Project Developer Stellar Group Incorporated Jacksonville, FL Jul 20, 2011 $82,680
Project Developer Noresco, LLC Pittsburgh, PA Jun 07, 2013 $82,474
IT Project Developer Dittman Incentive Marketing Corp New Brunswick, NJ Sep 15, 2013 $80,000
Project Developer Noresco, LLC Pittsburgh, PA Jun 07, 2010 $78,000
Senior Project Developer Rybovich Boat Company, LLC West Palm Beach, FL Nov 03, 2014 $77,709 -
$90,000
Project Developer Lg CNS America, Inc. Englewood Cliffs, NJ Oct 24, 2016 $73,000

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  1. Data Collection
  2. Pl/Sql
  3. Financial Statements
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