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Working As A Senior Application Architect

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

  • $121,683

    Average Salary

What Does A Senior Application 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 Senior Application 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
Architect Manager 3.7 years
Chief Architect 3.5 years
Senior Programmer 3.4 years
Software Architect 3.2 years
Architect 3.0 years
Senior Architect 2.8 years
Application Lead 2.6 years
Lead Developer 2.5 years
Lead Architect 2.5 years
Web Architect 2.4 years
ETL Architect 2.3 years
Java Architect 2.0 years
Module Lead 2.0 years
Top Employers Before
Consultant 9.2%
Programmer 5.9%
Developer 3.1%
Architect 2.3%
Top Employers After
Consultant 4.2%
Developer 2.9%
Architect 2.5%

Senior Application Architect Demographics

Gender

Male

85.5%

Female

12.9%

Unknown

1.6%
Ethnicity

White

66.8%

Asian

20.2%

Hispanic or Latino

6.7%

Unknown

5.0%

Black or African American

1.3%
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Senior Application Architect Education

Schools

Wayne State University

6.8%

University of Illinois at Chicago

6.8%

University of Texas at Austin

6.8%

Fairleigh Dickinson University

6.8%

Eastern Michigan University

4.5%

Iona College

4.5%

Temple University

4.5%

Boston University

4.5%

Emory University

4.5%

Florida Atlantic University

4.5%

Drexel University

4.5%

University of Louisville

4.5%

Pennsylvania State University

4.5%

Kaplan University

4.5%

Rochester Institute of Technology

4.5%

Globe Institute of Technology

4.5%

University of North Texas

4.5%

University of Phoenix

4.5%

State University of New York Empire State College

4.5%

University of Southern Mississippi

4.5%
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Majors

Computer Science

28.1%

Business

11.4%

Computer Engineering

8.6%

Computer Information Systems

7.0%

Computer Applications

5.4%

Mathematics

4.3%

Information Systems

4.3%

Mechanical Engineering

4.3%

Electrical Engineering

4.3%

Accounting

2.7%

Physics

2.7%

Engineering

2.7%

Information Technology

2.2%

Finance

2.2%

Computer Programming

2.2%

Management Information Systems

1.6%

Mathematics And Computer Science

1.6%

Project Management

1.6%

Civil Engineering

1.6%

Management

1.1%
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Degrees

Bachelors

46.4%

Masters

33.3%

Other

14.9%

Associate

1.8%

Doctorate

1.8%

Diploma

1.4%

Certificate

0.5%
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Real Senior Application Architect Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Senior Architect-Applications Development, BXB Digital Brambles USA Inc. Mountain View, CA Aug 22, 2016 $170,000 -
$175,000
Application Architect, SR Persistent Systems Inc. Santa Clara, CA May 07, 2016 $165,000
Application Architect, SR Persistent Systems Inc. Santa Clara, CA Aug 29, 2016 $164,382
Application Architect, SR Persistent Systems Inc. Santa Clara, CA Oct 24, 2016 $164,382
Senior Application Architect Accenture LLP Atlanta, GA Jun 27, 2016 $163,700
Senior Application Architect Accenture LLP Miami, FL Jun 27, 2016 $163,700
Senior Application Architect Accenture LLP Alpharetta, GA Jun 27, 2016 $163,700
Senior Application Architect Western Union, LLC San Francisco, CA Jul 06, 2015 $160,000
Senior Application Architect Accenture LLP Atlanta, GA Apr 01, 2016 $158,900
Senior Application Architect Accenture LLP Alpharetta, GA Apr 01, 2016 $158,900
Senior Application Architect Accenture LLP Decatur, IL Feb 19, 2015 $158,900
Senior Application Architect Accenture LLP Atlanta, GA Oct 19, 2015 $157,352
Senior Application Architect Red Irvine, CA Dec 13, 2016 $125,658
Senior AX Applications Architect/Consultant Sis Software LLC Duluth, GA Aug 17, 2015 $125,000
Senior Application Architect Walt Disney Parks and Resorts U.S., Inc. Glendale, CA Jul 05, 2015 $125,000
Application Architect Senior Anthem, Inc. Wallingford, CT Sep 15, 2016 $123,630
Senior Applications Architect, Enterprise Solutions Ricoh USA, Inc. Malvern, PA Dec 05, 2016 $122,400
Senior Application Architect Greif, Inc. Delaware, OH Oct 08, 2015 $122,000
SR. Application Architect SRS Consulting Inc. Milpitas, CA May 05, 2016 $121,000
Senior Applications Architect Sodexo, Inc. Williamsville, NY Feb 17, 2016 $108,000 -
$116,400
Application Architect Senior Professional CSC Covansys Corporation Southfield, MI Sep 18, 2015 $108,000
Application Architect/Senior Developer EECU Fort Worth, TX Sep 09, 2016 $107,349
Applications Architect/Senior Developer EECU Fort Worth, TX Jun 15, 2015 $107,349
Senior Application Architect Synechron, Inc. Addison, TX May 08, 2015 $107,000
SR. Application Architect U.S. Bank National Association Richfield, MN Dec 30, 2015 $106,954 -
$122,270
Application Architect/Senior Consultant IBM Corporation New York, NY Feb 24, 2015 $105,000
Application Architect Senior Professional CSC Covansys Corporation Southfield, MI May 16, 2016 $105,000

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Top Skills for A Senior Application Architect

WebApplicationApplicationArchitecturePl/SqlDataWarehouseC#.NETSQLServerXMLWebServicesCustomFinancialJavascriptProceduresWindowsInfrastructureHtmlSOAUMLWCFAsp.NetMVCPatternMicrosoftAjax

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Top Senior Application Architect Skills

  1. Web Application
  2. Application Architecture
  3. Pl/Sql
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Helped in creating prototype that demonstrated the functionality of the web application in relation to business requirements.
  • Establish and implement governance structure for managing the application architecture, data architecture, business architecture and technical architecture.
  • Used extensive SSIS to integrate multiple database structures/data into Data Warehouse.
  • Performed SQL Server logical and physical database administration to support intranet application development.
  • Designed, developed and managed Market Planner and Market Playbook Web based projects for YUM brands utilizing UML, XML.

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