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Working As A Senior Information Developer

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

  • $100,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Senior Information 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 Information 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 Analyst 2.5 years
Project Developer 2.3 years
Content Developer 2.0 years
Top Careers Before Senior Information Developer
Consultant 3.8%
Editor 1.4%
Web Writer 1.2%
Top Careers After Senior Information Developer
Consultant 3.6%
Writer 3.3%
Editor 1.5%

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Average Yearly Salary
$100,000
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$69,000
Min 10%
$100,000
Median 50%
$100,000
Median 50%
$100,000
Median 50%
$100,000
Median 50%
$100,000
Median 50%
$100,000
Median 50%
$100,000
Median 50%
$145,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
Symantec
Highest Paying City
Mountain View, CA
Highest Paying State
District of Columbia
Avg Experience Level
4.4 years
How much does a Senior Information Developer make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Senior Information Developer in the United States is $100,988 per year or $49 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $69,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $145,000.

Real Senior Information Developer Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Senior Information Developer Vision Technology Services Owings Mills, MD Aug 13, 2012 $133,120
Senior Information Developer Vision Technology Services, LLC Owings Mills, MD Aug 13, 2015 $121,160
Senior II Developer, Information Management NYU Langone Health System New York, NY Sep 26, 2016 $110,000
SR. C#/Winform Developer Starpoint Solutions Skillman, NJ Mar 14, 2010 $110,000
Senior Business Information Senior Developer Newell Rubbermaid Inc. Atlanta, GA Jun 28, 2010 $109,000 -
$119,000
IT ERP Developer Senior Multnomah County Oregon Portland, OR Jun 24, 2016 $105,143
Senior Developer-Microsoft Information Worker Berbee Information Networks Corporation Midvale, UT Mar 01, 2010 $87,970
IT ERP Developer Senior County of Multnomah Portland, OR Feb 22, 2016 $86,235 -
$105,999
Senior Information Systems Application Developer Sonicwall, Inc. San Jose, CA Sep 09, 2010 $86,000
Business Information Developer Senior Anthem, Inc. Indianapolis, IN Jun 21, 2016 $84,734
Senior Information Resource Developer University of Colorado Denver, CO May 13, 2016 $81,200
Business Information Developer Senior Resolution Health, Inc. Columbia, MD Apr 24, 2015 $80,513
Senior Information Resource Developer University of Colorado Denver, CO Jan 01, 2015 $80,000
IT Developer-Senior Cummins Inc. Broomfield, CO Jun 01, 2015 $77,771 -
$84,700
IT Developer-Senior Cummins Inc. Columbus, IN Nov 29, 2016 $75,358 -
$84,700
Senior Information Developer Symantec Corporation Roseville, MN Jan 03, 2011 $75,254 -
$100,200
Business Information Developer Senior Anthem, Inc. Glen Allen, VA Aug 01, 2015 $71,136 -
$94,734
Business Information Developer Senior Wellpoint Holding Corp. New York, NY Jul 28, 2012 $70,970 -
$100,136

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Top Skills for A Senior Information Developer

  1. Online Documentation
  2. Software Development
  3. Framemaker
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Created online documentation for HP Vertica analytic database platform.
  • Worked with software development and product management to ensure documentation met technical and customer requirements.
  • Transitioned legacy documentation source files from FrameMaker to AuthorIt software.
  • Updated internal documentation website using HTML.
  • Edited user interface and advised developers about usability and design.

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Top 10 Best States for Senior Information Developers

  1. Washington
  2. District of Columbia
  3. Texas
  4. California
  5. Virginia
  6. Massachusetts
  7. New York
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Senior Information Developer Demographics

Gender

Female

50.2%

Male

44.9%

Unknown

4.8%
Ethnicity

White

58.5%

Hispanic or Latino

15.4%

Asian

12.3%

Black or African American

10.1%

Unknown

3.8%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Japanese

40.0%

German

20.0%

Turkish

20.0%

Spanish

20.0%
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Senior Information Developer Education

Schools

San Jose State University

10.3%

Texas State University

6.9%

University of Phoenix

6.9%

Southern Polytechnic State University

6.9%

San Francisco State University

6.9%

University of Texas at Arlington

5.2%

University of San Francisco

5.2%

North Carolina State University

5.2%

University of Houston

5.2%

George Washington University

5.2%

Carnegie Mellon University

5.2%

University of South Dakota

3.4%

University of California - Santa Cruz

3.4%

Wright State University

3.4%

Boston University

3.4%

Texas Tech University

3.4%

University of Pennsylvania

3.4%

Pennsylvania State University

3.4%

University of California - Berkeley

3.4%

University of Massachusetts Amherst

3.4%
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Majors

English

17.4%

Public Relations

13.5%

Business

11.0%

Writing

8.4%

Communication

8.4%

Management

5.2%

Computer Science

4.5%

Journalism

4.5%

History

3.2%

Computer Information Systems

2.6%

Biology

2.6%

Computer Applications

2.6%

Electrical Engineering

2.6%

Linguistics

1.9%

Educational Technology

1.9%

Fine Arts

1.9%

Marketing

1.9%

Accounting

1.9%

Environmental Control Technologies/Technicians

1.9%

Project Management

1.9%
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Degrees

Bachelors

45.3%

Masters

29.0%

Other

13.6%

Certificate

6.1%

Associate

2.8%

Doctorate

1.9%

Diploma

1.4%
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