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Working As A Senior Development Consultant

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

  • $110,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Senior Development Consultant 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 Development Consultant

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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Senior Development Consultant Career Paths

Senior Development Consultant
Principal Consultant Subject Matter Expert Senior Business Analyst
Analytical Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Director Of Human Resources Principal Consultant Architect
Architect & Project Lead
7 Yearsyrs
Senior Web Developer Senior Software Engineer Project Leader
Consultant/Project Leader
6 Yearsyrs
Lead Consultant Data Analyst Marketing Analyst
Customer Relationship Management Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Senior Architect Senior Manager Information Technology Director
Director, Service Delivery
12 Yearsyrs
Manager, Learning & Development Human Resources Business Partner
Human Resources Lead
8 Yearsyrs
Solutions Architect Information Architect User Experience Designer
Product Lead
7 Yearsyrs
Lead Developer Project Leader Senior Project Manager
Project Manager & Leader
7 Yearsyrs
Architect Project Coordinator Project Specialist
Project Team Lead
5 Yearsyrs
Senior Web Developer Senior Engineer Senior Project Engineer
Senior Applications Engineer
8 Yearsyrs
Director Of Human Resources Senior Consultant Development Manager
Senior Development Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Senior/Lead Developer Project Manager Information Technology Director
Senior Director Of Information & Technology
14 Yearsyrs
Architect Subject Matter Expert Implementation Consultant
Senior Implementation Consultant
8 Yearsyrs
Senior Project Manager Contractor/Consultant Senior Analyst
Senior Lead Analyst
7 Yearsyrs
Lead Developer Lead Technician Operations Manager
Senior Operations Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Principal Consultant Architect Software Architect
Software Development Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Senior Technical Consultant Lead Developer Software Engineer Lead
Software Leader
7 Yearsyrs
Senior/Lead Developer Project Leader Operations Manager
Supply Chain Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Senior Project Manager Senior Information Technology Manager Information Technology Director
Vice President Information Systems
9 Yearsyrs
Manager, Learning & Development Director Of Human Resources Operations Vice President
Vice President Product Development
13 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Senior Programmer 3.4 years
Senior Consultant 2.9 years
Lead Developer 2.5 years
Lead Consultant 2.3 years
Top Careers Before Senior Development Consultant
Developer 8.2%
Consultant 8.0%
Programmer 2.2%
Top Careers After Senior Development Consultant
Consultant 8.9%
Developer 2.1%

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Senior Development Consultant Demographics

Gender

Male

70.0%

Female

27.3%

Unknown

2.7%
Ethnicity

White

55.0%

Asian

17.7%

Hispanic or Latino

12.7%

Black or African American

10.1%

Unknown

4.4%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

47.6%

French

14.3%

Italian

9.5%

Portuguese

4.8%

Chinese

4.8%

Filipino

4.8%

Japanese

4.8%

Mandarin

4.8%

Arabic

4.8%
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Senior Development Consultant Education

Schools

University of Houston

10.1%

University of Phoenix

8.1%

Pennsylvania State University

7.1%

University of Washington

5.1%

University of Illinois at Chicago

5.1%

University of Southern California

5.1%

San Diego State University

5.1%

University of Texas at Austin

5.1%

Northern Illinois University

5.1%

City College of New York of the City University of New York

4.0%

Loyola University of Chicago

4.0%

New York University

4.0%

Wayne State University

4.0%

American University

4.0%

State University of New York Buffalo

4.0%

Fordham University

4.0%

Oklahoma State University

4.0%

Michigan State University

4.0%

George Mason University

4.0%

University of Denver

4.0%
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Majors

Computer Science

23.9%

Business

14.5%

Electrical Engineering

5.8%

Computer Information Systems

5.8%

Computer Engineering

4.7%

Computer Applications

4.7%

Marketing

4.5%

Information Technology

4.3%

Counseling Psychology

3.2%

Psychology

3.2%

Human Resources Management

3.2%

Community Organization And Advocacy

3.0%

Management

2.8%

Management Information Systems

2.8%

Education

2.6%

Finance

2.6%

Communication

2.3%

Mathematics

2.3%

Information Systems

2.1%

Economics

1.9%
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Degrees

Bachelors

39.6%

Masters

37.6%

Other

12.3%

Doctorate

3.9%

Certificate

2.4%

Associate

2.3%

Diploma

1.7%

License

0.1%
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Real Senior Development Consultant Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Corporate Development SR. Consultant Dell Software Inc. Aliso Viejo, CA Jul 26, 2015 $162,907
Market Development SR. Consultant Dell Products L.P. Austin, TX Sep 08, 2015 $157,900
Corporate Development SR. Consultant Dell Products LP Austin, TX Sep 18, 2015 $156,000
Quantitative Analytics and Model Development Consultant SR. The PNC Financial Services Group, Inc. Washington, DC Sep 28, 2015 $155,000
Senior Consultant/Programmer Developer Capgemini America, Inc. South San Francisco, CA Nov 07, 2016 $138,403 -
$151,000
Quantitative Analytics and Model Development Consultant SR. The PNC Financial Services Group, Inc. Pittsburgh, PA Aug 15, 2016 $138,000
SR. Reporting Administration and Development Consultant Addons Inc. Littleton, CO Aug 15, 2016 $136,636 -
$208,700
Senior Consultant/Developer Tango Management Consulting, Inc. Irving, TX Jul 11, 2016 $135,000
Quantitative Analytics and Model Development Consultant SR. The PNC Financial Services Group Pittsburgh, PA Jun 15, 2016 $135,000
Senior Application Development Consultant Staples, Inc. Framingham, MA Oct 26, 2015 $131,384
Programmer Developer Lead/Senior Consultant Capgemini America, Inc. Burbank, CA Aug 11, 2015 $105,300 -
$131,000
Senior Consultant/Developer Thoughtworks, Inc. Chicago, IL Nov 05, 2016 $105,102
Senior Consultant/Senior Data Developer Collaborative Consulting, LLC Burlington, MA Mar 20, 2015 $105,000
Senior Consultant/Developer Tango Management Consulting, Inc. Las Vegas, NV Jan 07, 2016 $105,000
Senior Consultant/Programmer Developer Lead Capgemini U.S. LLC South San Francisco, CA Feb 11, 2015 $104,770 -
$140,000
Senior Consultant/Developer Thoughtworks, Inc. Chicago, IL Feb 20, 2015 $104,000
Senior Integration Development Consultant Sap America, Inc. Baltimore, MD Jan 12, 2016 $103,791
Senior Integration Development Consultant Sap America, Inc. Baltimore, MD Oct 12, 2016 $103,791
Senior Consultant/Senior Data Developer Collaborative Consulting, LLC Burlington, MA Aug 12, 2016 $93,517
Senior Consultant/Senior Developer Collaborative Consulting, LLC Burlington, MA Dec 08, 2016 $93,517
Senior Consultant/Senior Developer Collaborative Consulting, LLC Burlington, MA Apr 25, 2016 $93,517
Senior Applications Development Consultant Optum Services, Inc. Waltham, MA Jan 11, 2015 $93,517 -
$111,000
Senior Consultant/Developer Capgemini U.S. LLC Bothell, WA Mar 27, 2015 $92,700 -
$151,000
Senior Consultant/Programmer-Developer Capgemini U.S. LLC South San Francisco, CA Jan 19, 2015 $92,700 -
$130,000
Senior Applications Development Consultant Optum Services, Inc. Eden Prairie, MN Jan 11, 2015 $92,685 -
$110,000
Senior Consultant/Programmer/Developer Capgemini U.S. LLC South San Francisco, CA Aug 17, 2015 $92,500 -
$140,000

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AVERAGE SALARY FOR A Senior Development Consultant

Average Yearly Salary
$110,000
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$82,000
Min 10%
$110,000
Median 50%
$110,000
Median 50%
$110,000
Median 50%
$110,000
Median 50%
$110,000
Median 50%
$110,000
Median 50%
$110,000
Median 50%
$147,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
ThoughtWorks
Highest Paying City
San Rafael, CA
Highest Paying State
Oregon
Avg Experience Level
2.8 years
How much does a Senior Development Consultant make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Senior Development Consultant in the United States is $110,419 per year or $53 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $82,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $147,000.

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Top Skills for A Senior Development Consultant

  1. Web Application
  2. Pl/Sql
  3. Data Warehouse
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  • Designed and developed Java-based web applications supporting the Operational Risk team.
  • Implemented security including Forms Authentication, security input pages and PL/SQL stored procedures.
  • Coordinated new Oracle table development initiatives ensuring consistency and integration with existing data warehouse structures.
  • Design Cube, import sales data into SQL database from various data sources such as Oracle and flat text files.
  • Partnered with functional area senior leaders across the Department to standardize workforce planning procedures and data driven decision-making.

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