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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

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 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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Average Length of Employment
Software Director 3.8 years
Architect Manager 3.7 years
Chief Architect 3.5 years
Senior Programmer 3.4 years
Software Leader 3.2 years
Software Engineer 3.2 years
Systems Architect 3.2 years
Software Architect 3.2 years
Lead Programmer 3.1 years
Internet Architect 3.1 years
Software Designer 3.0 years
Architect 3.0 years
Senior Architect 2.8 years
Software Developer 2.7 years
Lead Developer 2.5 years
Lead Architect 2.5 years
Web Architect 2.4 years
Solution Developer 2.4 years
Developer 2.2 years
Java Architect 2.0 years
Junior Developer 1.4 years
Top Employers Before
Consultant 5.0%
Developer 2.7%
Programmer 2.5%
Architect 2.1%
Top Employers After
Consultant 6.0%
Architect 4.7%

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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Senior Software Architect Education

Schools

University of Texas at Austin

7.9%

University of California - San Diego

6.7%

DePaul University

6.7%

Texas A&M University

6.7%

George Mason University

6.7%

Brigham Young University

5.6%

University of Phoenix

5.6%

Northeastern University

5.6%

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

5.6%

Boston University

4.5%

University of Colorado at Boulder

4.5%

Johns Hopkins University

4.5%

New Jersey Institute of Technology

4.5%

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

4.5%

University of Texas at Arlington

3.4%

University of Florida

3.4%

University of Kentucky

3.4%

California State Polytechnic University - Pomona

3.4%

Virginia Commonwealth University

3.4%

Temple University

3.4%
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Majors

Computer Science

45.5%

Computer Engineering

9.9%

Electrical Engineering

8.3%

Business

5.9%

Computer Information Systems

4.2%

Mathematics

3.8%

Physics

2.6%

Finance

2.1%

Mechanical Engineering

2.1%

Information Technology

2.1%

Information Systems

2.1%

Management

1.9%

Project Management

1.9%

Management Information Systems

1.7%

Biology

1.4%

Engineering

1.2%

Mathematics And Computer Science

0.9%

Computer Applications

0.9%

Management Science

0.7%

Computer Systems Security

0.7%
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Degrees

Bachelors

42.5%

Masters

37.0%

Other

12.1%

Doctorate

4.4%

Associate

2.6%

Certificate

1.0%

Diploma

0.4%
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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 Foster City, CA Oct 06, 2016 $165,000 -
$185,000
Senior Salesforce.Com Software Architect Slalom, LLC San Francisco, CA Oct 06, 2016 $165,000 -
$185,000
SR. Software Architect Altisource Solutions Inc. Boston, MA Nov 16, 2015 $133,349 -
$183,000
Senior Software Architect Open Text, Inc. West Windsor, NJ Jan 15, 2016 $131,500
Senior Architect-Software Sasken Communication Technologies, Ltd. Miramar, FL Sep 14, 2016 $131,078
Senior Software Architect E-Core It Solutions, LLC White Plains, NY Sep 29, 2016 $130,666
Senior Software Architect/Java Architect Playdom, Inc. Solana Beach, CA Apr 12, 2015 $130,000
SR. Specialist-Software/Sr. Systems Architect Synechron, Inc. Addison, TX Jan 04, 2016 $130,000
Senior Software Architect/Java Architect Playdom, Inc. Solana Beach, CA Nov 12, 2015 $130,000
SR. Software Architect Logicgate Technologies Inc. Princeton, NJ Aug 13, 2015 $130,000
Senior Software Architect Triple Point Technology, Inc. Houston, TX May 15, 2015 $112,133 -
$124,000
Senior Software Architect Objectstream, Inc. Arlington, VA Dec 14, 2015 $111,800
SR. Software Solution Architect GOVX, Inc. San Diego, CA Feb 12, 2015 $111,717
Senior Software Architect(Software Developers, Applications) JDA Software, Inc. Irving, TX Dec 09, 2015 $110,406 -
$162,889
Senior Software Architect(Software Developers, Applications) JDA Software, Inc. Irving, TX Sep 12, 2015 $110,406 -
$162,889
Senior Software Architect Rage Frameworks, Inc. Dedham, MA Aug 25, 2015 $110,000
Senior Software Architect Comcast Cable Communications, LLC Philadelphia, PA Dec 19, 2016 $109,325 -
$150,000
Senior Software Architect-Java, J2Ee (Multiple Openings) Wipro Limited East Brunswick, NJ May 31, 2016 $105,498 -
$110,000

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Top Skills for A Senior Software Architect

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Top Senior Software Architect Skills

  1. Web Application
  2. Software Architecture
  3. Pl/Sql
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  • 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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