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Working As A Senior Android Developer

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

  • $120,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Senior Android 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 Senior Android 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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Average Length of Employment
Lead Developer 2.5 years
Developer 2.2 years
Android Developer 1.8 years
Top Employers Before
Developer 2.8%
Concierge 0.9%
Top Employers After
Architect 3.5%
Instructor 2.8%

Senior Android Developer Demographics

Gender

Male

79.0%

Female

16.5%

Unknown

4.6%
Ethnicity

White

54.8%

Asian

30.2%

Hispanic or Latino

9.7%

Unknown

3.8%

Black or African American

1.5%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

100.0%

Senior Android Developer Education

Schools

Northwestern Polytechnic University

10.5%

University of Massachusetts Amherst

7.9%

New York University

5.3%

Kennesaw State University

5.3%

University of Houston

5.3%

Illinois State University

5.3%

University of Oregon

5.3%

University of Phoenix

5.3%

University of Delaware

5.3%

University of Iowa

5.3%

University of Washington

5.3%

Illinois Institute of Technology

5.3%

University of Central Missouri

5.3%

University of Central Florida

5.3%

Wayne State University

5.3%

Syracuse University

2.6%

University of Texas at Arlington

2.6%

Brown University

2.6%

University of Colorado at Boulder

2.6%

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

2.6%
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Majors

Computer Science

48.0%

Computer Engineering

14.6%

Information Technology

8.1%

Electrical Engineering

7.1%

Electrical Engineering Technology

4.0%

Computer Information Systems

3.5%

Computer Engineering Technology

3.5%

Computer Applications

2.0%

Electrical/Electronics Maintenance And Repair Technology

2.0%

Engineering

1.5%

Mechanical Engineering

1.0%

Systems Engineering

0.5%

Music

0.5%

Management Information Systems

0.5%

Mathematics

0.5%

Marketing

0.5%

Computer Systems Security

0.5%

Digital Media

0.5%

Public Relations

0.5%

Computer Networking

0.5%
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Degrees

Bachelors

64.4%

Masters

27.2%

Other

5.4%

Diploma

1.0%

Doctorate

1.0%

Certificate

0.5%

Associate

0.5%
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Real Senior Android Developer Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Senior Android Developer Trulia, Inc. San Francisco, CA Dec 15, 2015 $160,000 -
$170,000
Senior Android Developer Valtech Solutions Inc. Dallas, TX Sep 10, 2015 $156,000
SR. Developer-Android Perk.Com, Inc. Austin, TX Jul 12, 2015 $150,000
SR. Android Developer Anchorfree, Inc. Mountain View, CA Sep 30, 2014 $150,000
SR. Developer-Android Venus Acquisition Sub Inc. Austin, TX Feb 19, 2016 $150,000
SR. Developer-Android Venus Acquisition Sub Inc. New York, NY Jan 03, 2016 $150,000
Senior Developer-Android Telenav, Inc. Santa Clara, CA Nov 08, 2016 $150,000 -
$180,000
SR. Android Developer Anchorfree Inc. Mountain View, CA Mar 18, 2015 $148,803
Senior Android Developer Daisy, LLC San Francisco, CA Sep 23, 2013 $140,000
Senior Android Developer Tophatter, Inc. Palo Alto, CA Mar 02, 2015 $140,000
Senior Android Developer Ipass, Inc. CA Oct 15, 2015 $140,000
Senior Android Developer Ripple Labs Inc. San Francisco, CA Jan 27, 2014 $140,000
Senior Android Developer Zillow Inc. San Francisco, CA Jan 01, 2016 $138,362 -
$168,750
SR. Android Developer MacYs.Com, LLC San Francisco, CA Sep 11, 2016 $136,573 -
$145,000
SR. Android Framework Developer Barnes & Noble.Com Palo Alto, CA Apr 26, 2011 $125,000 -
$175,000
SR. Android Framework Developer Barnes & Noble.Com Palo Alto, CA Apr 08, 2011 $125,000 -
$175,000
Senior Android Developer Samsungpay, Inc. Burlington, MA Nov 30, 2015 $125,000
SR. Android Developer Consumerinfo.Com, An Experian Company Costa Mesa, CA Jul 09, 2016 $125,000
Senior Android Developer Socialize, Inc. San Francisco, CA Jan 18, 2013 $125,000
SR. Android Developer-Analyst 3 Asurion, LLC San Mateo, CA Aug 25, 2014 $125,000
Senior Android Developer Barclays Bank Delaware Wilmington, DE Mar 24, 2014 $125,000
SR Android Software Developer Artech Information Systems LLC San Diego, CA Oct 01, 2014 $124,800
Senior Android Developer Ebates Performance Marketing, Inc. San Francisco, CA Jan 08, 2016 $117,603 -
$120,000
Senior Android Developer Movius Interactive Corporation Johns Creek, GA Oct 28, 2016 $115,000
Senior Android Developer Skout, Inc. San Francisco, CA Feb 15, 2015 $115,000
SR. Android Developer Vigna Inc. Alpharetta, GA Oct 06, 2016 $111,384
SR. Android Developer Meetme, Inc. New Hope, PA Oct 01, 2014 $110,160
Senior Android Developer Barnes & Noble.Com Palo Alto, CA Oct 01, 2011 $110,000
SR. Android Developer Prokarma, Inc. Englewood, CO Dec 23, 2015 $110,000 -
$120,000

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Top Skills for A Senior Android Developer

UserInterfaceAndroidAPIWebApplicationAndroidSDKWebServicesJsonSqliteGITXMLCustomHtmlEclipseIDEDdmsJiraAsyncLinkJunitScrumVersionControlGPS

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Top Senior Android Developer Skills

  1. User Interface
  2. Android API
  3. Web Application
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Designed and developed mobile application for Android mobile devices with extensive user interface development.
  • Used the Google Maps Android API V2 for location services in the application.
  • Worked closely with other android developers, architects, designers and database administrators in developing the web application.
  • Used the Android SDK 3.2 for the application development.
  • Developed business logic along with connecting the application to the server with the help of REST web services.

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