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Working As A Salesforce Developer

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

  • $90,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Salesforce 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 Salesforce 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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Salesforce Developer Demographics

Gender

Male

63.5%

Female

32.4%

Unknown

4.0%
Ethnicity

White

53.5%

Asian

34.9%

Hispanic or Latino

5.2%

Unknown

4.8%

Black or African American

1.6%
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Languages Spoken

Chinese

50.0%

Vietnamese

50.0%

Salesforce Developer Education

Schools

University of Nevada - Las Vegas

30.0%

More Tech Institute

13.0%

Fairleigh Dickinson University

6.0%

Pace University - New York

5.0%

Governors State University

4.0%

San Jose State University

3.0%

Texas State University

3.0%

Silicon Valley University

3.0%

University of Houston

3.0%

University of Phoenix

3.0%

Illinois Institute of Technology

3.0%

Texas A&M University

3.0%

University of Utah

3.0%

Kent State University

3.0%

Southern New Hampshire University

3.0%

Monroe College

3.0%

Tufts University

3.0%

Syracuse University

2.0%

California State University - Los Angeles

2.0%

Missouri University of Science and Technology

2.0%
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Majors

Computer Science

42.5%

Computer Engineering

9.8%

Information Technology

9.0%

Electrical Engineering

9.0%

Engineering

8.3%

Computer Applications

4.2%

Business

3.0%

Electrical Engineering Technology

2.6%

Computer Information Systems

1.7%

Marketing

1.6%

Information Systems

1.2%

Management Information Systems

1.1%

Mechanical Engineering

1.1%

Mathematics

0.9%

Education

0.9%

Community Organization And Advocacy

0.8%

Finance

0.6%

Accounting

0.6%

Precision Metal Working

0.5%

Engineering And Industrial Management

0.5%
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Degrees

Bachelors

62.8%

Masters

26.7%

Other

9.3%

Associate

0.4%

Certificate

0.3%

Diploma

0.3%

Doctorate

0.1%
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Real Salesforce Developer Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Salesforce Developer Access Technology Solutions Inc. Washington, DC Jul 09, 2016 $208,000
Lead Salesforce Developer Fireeye, Inc. Milpitas, CA Jun 29, 2016 $165,000 -
$175,000
Principal Salesforce Developer Lendingclub Corporation San Francisco, CA Apr 25, 2016 $165,000
SR. Salesforce.Com Developer Aerohive Networks Inc. Sunnyvale, CA Jun 15, 2016 $164,382
Salesforce Developer, Merchant OS Groupon, Inc. San Francisco, CA Dec 13, 2015 $153,000 -
$170,000
SR. Salesforce Developer Move, Inc. Santa Clara, CA Mar 21, 2016 $150,000
Salesforce Developer Ciber, Inc. Washington, DC Nov 02, 2015 $145,000
Senior Salesforce Developer Lendingclub Corporation San Francisco, CA Sep 03, 2015 $145,000
Salesforce Developer Ciber, Inc. Washington, DC Feb 11, 2015 $145,000
Salesforce Developer Administrator Ooyala Inc. Santa Clara, CA Nov 07, 2016 $145,000
Senior Salesforce Developer Lendingclub Corporation San Francisco, CA Mar 09, 2015 $145,000
Salesforce Developer Administrator Ooyala Inc. Santa Clara, CA Jul 11, 2016 $145,000
Salesforce Developer Docusign, Inc. San Francisco, CA Jan 24, 2016 $145,000
Senior Salesforce Developer Pandora Media, Inc. Oakland, CA Nov 16, 2015 $145,000
Senior Salesforce Developer Intralinks, Inc. Waltham, MA Nov 28, 2016 $105,500 -
$115,000
Senior Salesforce Developer JSSI Management Enterprises LLC Chicago, IL Feb 09, 2016 $105,102 -
$112,200
Salesforce Developer OKTA, Inc. San Francisco, CA Jul 28, 2015 $105,000 -
$125,000
Salesforce Developer Appfolio, Inc. Goleta, CA Apr 27, 2015 $105,000
Senior Salesforce Developer Aegerion Pharmaceuticals, Inc. Cambridge, MA Mar 16, 2015 $105,000 -
$125,000
Senior Salesforce Developer Aegerion Pharmaceuticals, Inc. Cambridge, MA Mar 29, 2015 $105,000 -
$125,000
Salesforce Developer/Analyst II Luminex Corporation Austin, TX Apr 20, 2015 $85,000
Salesforce Developer Collaborate Solutions Inc. Shrewsbury, MA Jun 04, 2015 $84,781
Salesforce.Com Developer The Advisory Board Company Washington, DC Sep 01, 2015 $84,600
Salesforce.Com Marketing Developer The Advisory Board Company Washington, DC Sep 01, 2015 $84,000
Salesforce Developer Global Data Mart, Inc. South Plainfield, NJ Nov 05, 2016 $83,741
Salesforce Developer Maganti It Resources, LLC Westbrook, ME May 07, 2016 $83,480
Salesforce Developer Access Technology Solutions Inc. Chicago, IL Jul 09, 2016 $83,200
Salesforce Developer Amzur Technologies, Inc. Houston, TX Jul 25, 2016 $83,013

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Top Skills for A Salesforce Developer

WorkflowRulesForce.ComIDEPlug-InApprovalProcessesCustomObjectsTestClassesLoadDataEmailAlertsForce.ComPlatformDataManipulationDashboardsSandboxValidationRulesWebServicesCustomControllersCustomTabsHtmlVisualforcePagesSoqlEclipseIDEPlug-InContacts

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Top Salesforce Developer Skills

  1. Workflow Rules
  2. Force.Com IDE Plug-In
  3. Approval Processes
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Created workflow rules and defined related tasks, time triggered tasks, email alerts, filed updates to implement business logic.
  • Used Force.com IDE Plug-in for Development and deployment changes/application on production.
  • Created templates, approval processes, approval page layouts and defined approval actions on them to automate the processes.
  • Developed various Custom Objects, Tabs, Components and Visual Force Pages and Controllers required for the recruiting application.
  • Checked the Code Coverage and developed Test Classes to increase the Coverage.

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