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Working As A Senior Cognos Developer

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

  • $105,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Senior Cognos 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.


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 Cognos Developer

Software developers usually have a bachelor’s degree in computer science and strong computer programming skills.


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.


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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Senior Cognos Developer Career Paths

Senior Cognos Developer
Lead Developer Lead Technician Project Manager
Information Technology Director
10 Yearsyrs
Lead Developer Project Leader Program Manager
Lead Program Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Lead Developer Project Manager Development Manager
Senior Development Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Senior Analyst Senior Software Engineer
Director Of Software Development
12 Yearsyrs
Senior Analyst Senior Finance Analyst Senior Business Analyst
Product Owner
9 Yearsyrs
Senior Analyst Manager Information Technology Project Manager
Enterprise Project Manager
10 Yearsyrs
General Manager Account Manager Information Technology Project Manager
Technical Delivery Manager
11 Yearsyrs
General Manager Owner Co-Founder
Chief Technology Officer & Founder
9 Yearsyrs
General Manager Business Development Manager Consultant/Project Manager
Implementation Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Manager Information Technology Manager
Information Technology Development Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Manager Service Manager Information Technology Manager
Application Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Development Manager Information Technology Manager
Director, Applications
12 Yearsyrs
Development Manager Engineering Manager Technical Project Manager
Technical Product Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Lead Technician Project Leader Senior Business Analyst
Analytical Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Lead Technician Project Manager Delivery Manager
Senior Delivery Manager
12 Yearsyrs
Senior Leader Senior Project Manager Information Technology Director
Vice President Of Application Development
11 Yearsyrs
Senior Leader Solutions Architect Senior Technical Architect
Principal Technologist
10 Yearsyrs
Senior Leader Technology Architect
Vice President, Technology
11 Yearsyrs
Senior Administrator Senior Database Administrator Systems Architect
Business Leader
8 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Obiee Developer 3.0 years
Cognos Developer 2.7 years
Lead Developer 2.5 years
Oracle Developer 2.3 years
Developer 2.2 years
ETL Developer 2.1 years
BI Developer 2.0 years
Cognos Consultant 1.7 years
Reports Developer 1.7 years
Top Careers Before Senior Cognos Developer
Developer 9.0%
Manager 1.5%
Analyst 0.9%
Top Careers After Senior Cognos Developer
Architect 4.9%
Partner 2.0%
Developer 2.0%

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Best Paying Company
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Highest Paying City
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How much does a Senior Cognos Developer make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Senior Cognos Developer in the United States is $105,331 per year or $51 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $79,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $139,000.

Real Senior Cognos Developer Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
SR. Cognos Developer Openpages, Inc. Waltham, MA Nov 16, 2010 $170,000 -
Senior Cognos Developer Vector Consulting, Inc. Duluth, GA Feb 15, 2016 $125,000 -
Senior Cognos Developer/Technical Lead XL Global Services, Inc. Stamford, CT Nov 27, 2015 $122,678 -
Senior Developer-Cognos Client Network Services, Inc. Rockville, MD Jul 06, 2016 $121,701
SR. Cognos/Etl Developer Mainline Information Systems, Inc. Port Chester, NY Dec 18, 2012 $120,000
Cognos Senior Developer H. D. Smith Wholesale Drug Co. Springfield, IL Sep 17, 2012 $120,000
Senior Cognos Developer XL Global Services, Inc. Stamford, CT Nov 27, 2012 $119,267 -
Senior Cognos Developer/Technical Lead XL Global Services Stamford, CT Jul 13, 2015 $118,955 -
SR. Cognos Developer (Programmer) University of California, San Francisco San Francisco, CA Aug 15, 2009 $115,000
Senior Cognos Developer Lg Associates, Inc. Bethesda, MD Apr 25, 2011 $111,341 -
Senior Cognos Developer Genuine Parts Company Atlanta, GA Aug 01, 2015 $110,000
SR. Cognos Developer SDLC Management, Inc. Pittsburgh, PA Jul 30, 2012 $110,000
Associate-Senior Cognos Developer BOOZ Allen Hamilton Inc. McLean, VA Jun 11, 2010 $110,000
SR. Cognos Developer Norgate Technology Braintree Town, MA Apr 14, 2014 $98,089 -
Senior Cognos Developer Harte Hanks Yardley, PA Feb 20, 2015 $98,000 -
Staff Consultant-Sr. Cognos Developer Information Control Company, LLC Columbus, OH Mar 04, 2015 $98,000
Senior Cognos Developer Davita, Inc. Coppell, TX Oct 08, 2012 $98,000
Senior Cognos/Applications Developer Quotient Inc. Bethesda, MD Sep 07, 2012 $97,323 -
SR Cognos Applications Developer The Administrators of The Tulane Endowment Fund New Orleans, LA Jan 30, 2015 $96,000
SR. Cognos Developer Objectnet Technologies Atlanta, GA Sep 29, 2015 $88,941
Cognos Developer (Senior Business Process Engineer CDI Corporation Detroit, MI Nov 01, 2010 $88,364 -
SR. Cognos Developer AFI Us, LLC Southfield, MI Oct 24, 2014 $88,296
Senior Cognos Developer Ally Financial Inc. Detroit, MI Sep 13, 2016 $88,000
Senior Cognos Developer George Ventures, LLC Madison, WI Jun 24, 2013 $88,000
Senior Cognos Developer George Ventures, LLC Columbus, OH Feb 07, 2011 $85,600
Senior Cognos Developer Independent Health Association, Inc. Williamsville, NY Dec 13, 2014 $85,294
Senior Cognos Developer Info Services LLC Pleasanton, CA Sep 29, 2016 $84,000

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Top Skills for A Senior Cognos Developer

  1. Report Studio Reports
  2. Cognos
  3. Publish Packages
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Created Technical design document for Report studio reports based on Functional specifications.
  • Developed Cognos multidimensional cubes and published cubes in analysis studio to analyze the business reports.
  • Developed Meta-Data Model using Framework Manager, Create and Publish Packages.
  • Developed Stored Procedures and created Stored Procedure Query Subjects in Framework manager to enhance Report Performance.
  • Developed Complex dashboard reports for various reporting requirements.


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