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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

  • $102,000

    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
Lead Architect 2.5 years
Lead Developer 2.5 years
Developer 2.2 years
Top Careers Before Senior Information Technology Developer
Developer 7.0%
Consultant 4.0%
Programmer 3.4%
Analyst 2.7%
Top Careers After Senior Information Technology Developer
Consultant 7.8%
Developer 4.2%

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Average Yearly Salary
$102,000
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$78,000
Min 10%
$102,000
Median 50%
$102,000
Median 50%
$102,000
Median 50%
$102,000
Median 50%
$102,000
Median 50%
$102,000
Median 50%
$102,000
Median 50%
$132,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
DIRECTV
Highest Paying City
Mountain View, CA
Highest Paying State
California
Avg Experience Level
3.9 years
How much does a Senior Information Technology Developer make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Senior Information Technology Developer in the United States is $102,293 per year or $49 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $78,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $132,000.

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
SR. IT EIM ETL Developer Bank of The West San Ramon, CA Jan 03, 2016 $135,000
Senior IT Developer Home Depot USA, Inc. Atlanta, GA Aug 22, 2016 $135,000
Senior Developer, Prime Brokerage IT Barclays Services Corp. NJ Jan 05, 2016 $135,000 -
$148,000
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
IT Senior Developer Supply Chain Logistics Home Depot U.S.A., Inc. Atlanta, GA Mar 24, 2016 $111,384
SR. Developer, IT Interface Americas, Inc. Atlanta, GA Jan 07, 2016 $111,384
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
Senior IT Analyst-Java Developer Abercrombie & Fitch Management Co. New Albany, OH Sep 21, 2016 $102,794

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Top Skills for A Senior Information Technology Developer

  1. Web Application
  2. Pl/Sql
  3. Data Warehouse
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Architect-ed and Developed business-critical web application.
  • Designed and implemented a database system to fully automated clinical sites payment process using SQL, PL/SQL.
  • Worked in Extracting data from sources and loading into staging and data warehouse.
  • Develop SQL Server databases, stored procedures, SSIS packages, and C# data access layers.
  • Delivered major enhancements and reports for ASP/Oracle technology based Annual Review Compensation tool.

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Top 10 Best States for Senior Information Technology Developers

  1. Washington
  2. California
  3. Virginia
  4. Massachusetts
  5. New York
  6. Georgia
  7. District of Columbia
  8. Minnesota
  9. North Carolina
  10. Colorado
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Senior Information Technology Developer Demographics

Gender

Male

69.5%

Female

17.7%

Unknown

12.8%
Ethnicity

White

51.6%

Asian

18.3%

Hispanic or Latino

14.6%

Black or African American

10.2%

Unknown

5.2%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Carrier

33.3%

German

16.7%

Russian

16.7%

Chinese

16.7%

French

16.7%
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Senior Information Technology Developer Education

Schools

University of Houston

11.3%

Franklin University

7.5%

Stevens Institute of Technology

5.7%

University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee

5.7%

Pennsylvania State University

5.7%

Kennesaw State University

5.7%

University of Phoenix

5.7%

Texas A&M University

5.7%

University of Georgia

5.7%

Eastern Michigan University

3.8%

University of Northern Colorado

3.8%

James Madison University

3.8%

Marist College

3.8%

Georgia Institute of Technology -

3.8%

New York University

3.8%

California State University - Fullerton

3.8%

Ohio State University

3.8%

Webster University

3.8%

University of Illinois at Chicago

3.8%

Heald College - Central Administrative Office

3.8%
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Majors

Computer Science

31.5%

Business

14.6%

Computer Information Systems

8.0%

Computer Engineering

7.0%

Electrical Engineering

6.6%

Management Information Systems

4.7%

Project Management

3.8%

Computer Applications

2.8%

Mechanical Engineering

2.8%

Finance

2.3%

Computer Programming

2.3%

Mathematics

1.9%

Information Technology

1.9%

Information Systems

1.9%

Human Resources Management

1.4%

Secretarial And Administrative Science

1.4%

Environmental Control Technologies/Technicians

1.4%

Civil Engineering

1.4%

Engineering

1.4%

English

0.9%
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Degrees

Bachelors

43.2%

Masters

32.8%

Other

11.6%

Associate

6.8%

Certificate

4.8%

Diploma

0.4%

Doctorate

0.4%
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