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Become A Senior Software Architect

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Working As A Senior Software Architect

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

  • $111,800

    Average Salary

What Does A Senior Software Architect Do

A Senior Software Architect is focused on the development of new programs and software for technologically based organizations. They improve operations through conducting system analysis and recommending changes in policies and procedures.

How To Become A Senior Software Architect

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 Software Architect Career Paths

Senior Software Architect
Director Of Software Development Chief Technology Officer
Chief Information Officer
11 Yearsyrs
Director Of Software Development Vice President Of Engineering
Chief Technology Officer
11 Yearsyrs
Chief Architect Vice President Of Engineering Chief Information Officer
Director Of Enterprise Architecture
14 Yearsyrs
Software Development Manager Project Manager Information Technology Project Manager
Director Of Information
10 Yearsyrs
Engineering Director Consulting Engineer Senior Software Engineer
Director Of Software Development
12 Yearsyrs
Lead Architect Project Manager Information Technology Project Manager
Information Technology Director
10 Yearsyrs
Software Development Manager Director Of Software Development Chief Technology Officer
President & Chief Technology Officer
13 Yearsyrs
Engineering Director Senior Consultant Senior Product Manager
Principal Product Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Chief Technology Officer Senior Project Manager Senior Product Manager
Product Management Director
12 Yearsyrs
Technical Director Instructor Software Engineer
Senior .NET Developer
6 Yearsyrs
Developer/Consultant Senior Software Engineer Engineering Director
Senior Director Of Engineering
15 Yearsyrs
Chief Architect Technical Director Director Of Information
Senior Director Of Information & Technology
13 Yearsyrs
Technical Consultant Network Administrator Software Engineer
Senior Java Developer
6 Yearsyrs
Chief Technology Officer Chief Information Officer
Senior Project Manager
12 Yearsyrs
Technical Consultant Lead Technician Systems Administrator
Senior Software Engineer
6 Yearsyrs
Senior Architect Senior Project Manager
Senior Technical Program Manager
12 Yearsyrs
Lead Architect Chief Technology Officer Senior Project Manager
Vice President Of Engineering
13 Yearsyrs
Senior Architect Senior Manager Director Of Information
Vice President Of Information Technology
12 Yearsyrs
Technical Director Development Director Director Of Software Development
Vice President, Software Development
11 Yearsyrs
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Senior Software Architect Demographics

Gender

  • Male

    88.7%
  • Female

    7.6%
  • Unknown

    3.6%

Ethnicity

  • White

    69.9%
  • Asian

    18.0%
  • Hispanic or Latino

    8.5%
  • Unknown

    2.9%
  • Black or African American

    0.8%
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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

    21.7%
  • Russian

    17.4%
  • Portuguese

    8.7%
  • German

    8.7%
  • Japanese

    8.7%
  • French

    8.7%
  • Indonesian

    4.3%
  • Chinese

    4.3%
  • Ukrainian

    4.3%
  • Gothic

    4.3%
  • Polish

    4.3%
  • Arabic

    4.3%
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Real Senior Software Architect Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Senior Software Architect On-Net Surveillance Systems, Inc. Pearl River, NY Jan 12, 2016 $219,135
Senior Software Architect Barnes & Noble College Booksellers, LLC Redmond, WA May 07, 2015 $211,200
Senior Staff Software Architect General Electric Company San Ramon, CA Jul 04, 2016 $194,700
Senior Software Architect Robin Systems, Inc. San Jose, CA Nov 11, 2016 $190,000
SR. Software Architect Corelogic Solutions, LLC Redwood City, CA Aug 11, 2015 $188,822
Senior Software Architect Hr Link Group, Inc. Bellevue, WA Oct 02, 2016 $187,200
Senior Staff Software Architect General Electric Company-GE Global Research Center San Ramon, CA Sep 05, 2015 $180,000
Senior Software Architect Pica8, Inc. Palo Alto, CA May 16, 2016 $180,000
Senior Software Architect Hr Link Group, Inc. Bellevue, WA Sep 11, 2015 $176,800
Senior Software Architect Hr Link Group, Inc. Bellevue, WA Mar 16, 2015 $176,800
Senior Software Architect Supply Frame, Inc. San Francisco, CA Jun 30, 2016 $170,000
Senior Salesforce.Com Software Architect Slalom, LLC San Francisco, CA Oct 06, 2016 $165,000 -
$185,000
Senior Software Architect (AD Server) Gamut Smart Media From Cox South San Francisco, CA Dec 05, 2016 $165,000
Senior Software Architect Symphony Teleca Services, Inc. Livonia, MI Oct 27, 2015 $129,302
Senior Software Architect Skycentrics, Inc. San Francisco, CA Jul 01, 2015 $126,300
Senior Principal Software Architect Symphony Teleca Services, Inc. Mountain View, CA Sep 05, 2015 $126,068
SR. Software Architect Cargurus, Inc. Cambridge, MA Jan 10, 2015 $125,000 -
$170,000
SR. Software Architect Integrate.Com Inc. Scottsdale, AZ Jan 09, 2016 $125,000
Senior Software Architect Integrate.Com Inc. Scottsdale, AZ Jan 09, 2016 $125,000
Senior Software Architect Graphsql Inc. Redwood City, CA Oct 28, 2016 $125,000 -
$160,000
Senior Software Architect E Gen Solutions, Inc. Naperville, IL Nov 16, 2016 $105,102
Senior Software Architect-SAP Smartsoft International Inc. Suwanee, GA Dec 23, 2015 $105,000
Senior Software Architect Appway, Inc. New York, NY Oct 10, 2016 $105,000
Senior Software Architect Inalfa Roof Systems, Inc. Auburn Hills, MI Mar 10, 2016 $105,000 -
$130,000
Senior Software Architect Open Source Consulting Group, Inc. East Brunswick, NJ Sep 15, 2016 $105,000
Senior Software Architect-SAP Smartsoft International Inc. Suwanee, GA Dec 16, 2015 $105,000
Senior Software Architect-SAP Smartsoft International Inc. Suwanee, GA Aug 12, 2015 $105,000

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Top Skills for A Senior Software Architect

WebApplicationSoftwareArchitecturePl/SqlDatabaseDesignC #ASPXMLWindowsWebServicesSQLServerJavascriptAPISoftwareDevelopmentC/C++SOAEngineLinuxAjaxJ2EeHtml

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Top Senior Software Architect Skills

  1. Web Application
  2. Software Architecture
  3. Pl/Sql
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Performed advanced web application profiling and performance troubleshooting using Chrome profiling tools.
  • Presented software architecture to upper management.
  • Lead Developer supporting the NTOC mission developing Database applications/tools (Oracle 9i and 10g) using Oracle's PL/SQL.
  • Managed all development efforts including software architecture, database design, project management, testing, code reviews and hiring.
  • Automated the generation of Multum s Drug Information Leaflets into .asp pages for use in the DKC.

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