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Working As A Senior Information Technology Developer

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

  • $110,707

    Average Salary

What Does A Senior Information Technology 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 Technology 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
Senior Leader 3.5 years
Senior Programmer 3.4 years
Systems Developer 3.4 years
Software Leader 3.2 years
Lead Programmer 3.1 years
Application Lead 2.6 years
Lead Architect 2.5 years
Lead Developer 2.5 years
Solution Developer 2.4 years
Contract Developer 2.3 years
Developer 2.2 years
Junior Developer 1.4 years
Top Employers Before
Consultant 5.6%
Developer 4.7%
Manager 2.8%
Programmer 2.8%
Top Employers After
Consultant 5.5%

Senior Information Technology Developer Demographics

Gender

Male

74.8%

Female

21.1%

Unknown

4.1%
Ethnicity

White

67.0%

Asian

19.1%

Hispanic or Latino

9.2%

Unknown

4.0%

Black or African American

0.7%
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Languages Spoken

Carrier

42.9%

German

14.3%

Russian

14.3%

Chinese

14.3%

French

14.3%
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Senior Information Technology Developer Education

Schools

University of Houston

8.3%

University of Phoenix

8.3%

Georgia Institute of Technology -

6.3%

Kennesaw State University

6.3%

Pennsylvania State University

6.3%

Texas A&M University

6.3%

University of Northern Colorado

4.2%

Arizona State University

4.2%

New York University

4.2%

Webster University

4.2%

Christian Brothers University

4.2%

Strayer University

4.2%

University of Minnesota - Twin Cities

4.2%

Western Washington University

4.2%

Case Western Reserve University

4.2%

Purdue University

4.2%

Saint Cloud State University

4.2%

University of Georgia

4.2%

Stevens Institute of Technology

4.2%

Indiana Wesleyan University

4.2%
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Majors

Computer Science

24.4%

Business

13.8%

Management Information Systems

7.5%

Computer Information Systems

5.6%

Electrical Engineering

5.6%

Project Management

5.0%

Information Technology

5.0%

Finance

4.4%

Computer Engineering

4.4%

Mathematics

3.1%

Accounting

3.1%

Computer Applications

2.5%

Information Systems

2.5%

Mechanical Engineering

2.5%

Computer Programming

2.5%

Management

1.9%

Human Resources Management

1.9%

Civil Engineering

1.9%

Marketing

1.3%

English

1.3%
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Degrees

Bachelors

44.8%

Masters

27.1%

Other

16.1%

Certificate

4.7%

Associate

4.7%

Diploma

1.6%

License

0.5%

Doctorate

0.5%
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Real Senior Information Technology Developer Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Senior IT Developer TD Securities (USA) LLC New York, NY Aug 30, 2016 $155,000
SR. IT Developer Atmel Corporation San Jose, CA Apr 04, 2016 $152,776
Senior Principal IT Developer Medtronic, Inc. Los Angeles, CA Jun 26, 2015 $146,982
Senior IT Developer, Securitized Products Barclays Services Corp. New York, NY Jun 16, 2015 $145,000 -
$171,000
Senior Developer, Sophis IT RBC Capital Markets, LLC New York, NY Jul 10, 2015 $140,000 -
$160,000
Senior Developer, IT Futures Barclays Services Corp. New York, NY Jul 15, 2016 $140,000
Senior IT EIM ETL Developer Bank of The West San Ramon, CA Jun 14, 2016 $135,918
Senior IT EIM ETL Developer Bank of The West San Ramon, CA Apr 10, 2016 $135,000
Senior Developer, Prime Brokerage IT Barclays Services Corp. NJ Jan 05, 2016 $135,000 -
$148,000
Senior IT Developer Home Depot USA, Inc. Atlanta, GA Aug 22, 2016 $135,000
SR. IT EIM ETL Developer Bank of The West San Ramon, CA Jan 03, 2016 $135,000
Senior IT Developer-Sterling OMS Home Depot USA, Inc. Atlanta, GA Sep 26, 2016 $132,500
Senior Lead IT Developer Ecolab USA Inc. Sugar Land, TX Jan 12, 2016 $132,112
Senior IT Developer/Engineer Biogen, Inc. Cambridge, MA Mar 06, 2016 $131,467
Senior IT Developer Sterling Home Depot USA, Inc. Irving, TX Sep 30, 2016 $114,989
Senior Hyperion Developer, Global Information Technology NCR Corporation Duluth, GA Jul 07, 2015 $113,300
SR. IT Developer Symantec Corporation Mountain View, CA Apr 04, 2016 $112,200
Senior Developer, Sophis IT RBC Capital Markets, LLC Jersey City, NJ Nov 03, 2016 $112,000 -
$160,000
SR. WMS IT Analyst Developer Floor and Decor Outlets of America, Inc. Smyrna, GA Sep 30, 2016 $111,400
Senior IT Developer-Integration Home Depot U.S.A., Inc. Atlanta, GA Feb 06, 2016 $111,384
SR. Developer, IT Interface Americas, Inc. Atlanta, GA Jan 07, 2016 $111,384
IT Senior Developer Supply Chain Logistics Home Depot U.S.A., Inc. Atlanta, GA Mar 24, 2016 $111,384
SR. IT Developer Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Florida, Inc. Jacksonville, FL Oct 24, 2016 $104,099
Senior IT Developer Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Florida, Inc. Jacksonville, FL Sep 13, 2016 $104,082
Senior IT Analyst-Java Developer Abercrombie & Fitch Management Co. New Albany, OH Feb 23, 2016 $104,000
Senior IT Integration Developer Guidewire Software, Inc. Foster City, CA Jul 24, 2015 $103,730 -
$152,000
Senior Management, IT Development Coca-Cola Enterprises, Inc. Atlanta, GA Jul 27, 2015 $103,500
Senior IT Developer Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Florida, Inc. Jacksonville, FL Oct 03, 2016 $103,402
Senior IT Developer Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Florida, Inc. Jacksonville, FL Feb 01, 2016 $103,000
Senior IT Developer Veritas Technologies LLC Mountain View, CA Feb 11, 2015 $102,800

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Top Skills for A Senior Information Technology Developer

Pl/SqlWebApplicationHierarchicalDatabaseSQLServerProceduresWindowsFinancialUnixComplianceInfrastructureArchitecturalDesignC#.NETProjectManagementHtmlASPXMLDeliveryJavascriptDB2Linux

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Top Senior Information Technology Developer Skills

  1. Pl/Sql
  2. Web Application
  3. Hierarchical Database
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Developed stored procedures and functions coded in PL/SQL to implement customized pricing rules.
  • Provided continued maintenance and development of bug fixes and patch sets for existing web applications.
  • Mapped and converted data from SQL Server to Oracle.
  • Simplified the table structure, added data integrity, rewrote views and stored procedures.
  • Directed cross functional project team which successfully converted 15,000 desktops with multiple operating systems to new Windows OS.

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