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Working As A Senior Software Designer

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

  • $97,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Senior Software Designer 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 Designer

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
Software Leader 3.3 years
Software Architect 3.2 years
Software Designer 3.2 years
Software Engineer 3.0 years
Software Developer 2.6 years
Top Careers Before Senior Software Designer
Developer 2.0%
Programmer 2.0%
Top Careers After Senior Software Designer
Consultant 6.5%

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Average Yearly Salary
$97,000
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$73,000
Min 10%
$97,000
Median 50%
$97,000
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$130,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
Alcatel Networks
Highest Paying City
Walnut Creek, CA
Highest Paying State
Washington
Avg Experience Level
4.3 years
How much does a Senior Software Designer make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Senior Software Designer in the United States is $98,089 per year or $47 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $73,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $130,000.

Real Senior Software Designer Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Senior Software Designer Cfengine Palo Alto, CA May 01, 2016 $152,776
Senior Software Datapath Designer Alcatel-Lucent USA Inc. Westford, MA Mar 19, 2012 $140,000
Senior Software Designer Appdynamics San Francisco, CA Jan 26, 2016 $135,000 -
$160,000
Senior Software Interaction Designer General Electric Company San Ramon, CA Aug 16, 2016 $131,000
Senior Software Designer Jackson National Life Insurance Company Franklin, TN Jun 09, 2016 $130,395
Senior Software Designer Jackson National Life Insurance Company Franklin, TN Jun 20, 2016 $130,395
Senior Software Interaction Designer General Electric Company-GE Global Research Center San Ramon, CA Sep 01, 2015 $130,000
Senior Software Solutions Designer Jackson National Life Insurance Company Franklin, TN May 19, 2016 $129,438 -
$140,000
Senior Software Solutions Designer Jackson National Life Insurance Company Franklin, TN Feb 26, 2015 $126,485
Senior Software Designer Intelliecentrics, Inc. Flower Mound, TX Oct 19, 2015 $115,794
Senior Software Solutions Designer Jackson National Life Insurance Company Franklin, TN Dec 27, 2016 $114,125 -
$120,518
Senior Software Solutions Designer Jackson National Life Insurance Company Franklin, TN Oct 22, 2016 $114,024 -
$120,518
Senior Software Designer Implementer Delta Dental Plan of Michigan, Inc. Okemos, MI Apr 27, 2016 $107,837
Senior Software Solutions Designer Jackson National Life Insurance Company Franklin, MI Feb 04, 2015 $107,366 -
$114,043
Senior Software Designer Jackson National Life Insurance Company Franklin, TN Oct 18, 2016 $97,802
Senior Software Designer/Implementer Delta Dental Plan of Michigan, Inc. Okemos, MI Mar 01, 2013 $97,687
Senior Softward Designer Implementer Delta Dental Plan of Michigan, Inc. Okemos, MI Sep 10, 2012 $97,613
Senior Software Designer/Implementer Delta Dental Plan of Michigan, Inc. Okemos, MI Jul 18, 2012 $97,006
Senior Software Designer Implementer Delta Dental Plan of Michigan, Inc. Okemos, MI Jan 05, 2016 $97,000
Oracle/J2Ee Senior/Lead Software Designer Implementer Delta Dental Plan of Michigan, Inc. Okemos, MI Sep 29, 2016 $97,000
Senior Software Designer Implementer Delta Dental Plan of Michigan, Inc. Okemos, MI Apr 27, 2013 $96,767
Senior Software Designer/Implementer Delta Dental Plan of Michigan, Inc. Okemos, MI Sep 09, 2009 $93,000
Oracle/J2Ee Senior/Lead Software Designer Implemen Delta Dental Plan of Michigan, Inc. Okemos, MI Feb 01, 2012 $93,000
Senior Software Designer/Implementer Delta Dental Plan of Michigan, Inc. Okemos, MI Aug 05, 2009 $93,000
Senior Software Designer/Implementer Delta Dental Plan of Michigan, Inc. Okemos, MI Feb 01, 2010 $93,000
Senior Software Designer/Implementer Delta Dental Plan of Michigan, Inc. Okemos, MI Mar 01, 2010 $93,000
Senior Software Designer Jackson National Life Insurance Company Franklin, TN Apr 18, 2016 $92,893 -
$105,000
Senior Software Designer Jackson National Life Insurance Company Lansing, MI Mar 08, 2016 $92,250
Senior Software Designer Amdocs Qpass Inc. Seattle, WA Jul 08, 2010 $91,376

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Top Skills for A Senior Software Designer

  1. C++
  2. User Interface
  3. SQL
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Assisted in redesigning legacy MADN feature into object-oriented architecture using C++.
  • Lead designer for the development of a graphical user interface for ISDN provisioning and maintenance system.
  • Use SSAS -Tabular model to process data using SQL Agent Job.
  • Involved in deploying desktop applications, web applications, websites and console applications to the Microsoft Azure Cloud.
  • Resolved architectural issues in the WAP architecture in addition to coordinated and collaborating with external standards organizations.

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Top 10 Best States for Senior Software Designers

  1. Washington
  2. California
  3. Utah
  4. Texas
  5. Colorado
  6. Oregon
  7. District of Columbia
  8. Arizona
  9. Georgia
  10. New Hampshire
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Senior Software Designer Demographics

Gender

Male

70.1%

Female

21.2%

Unknown

8.8%
Ethnicity

White

46.5%

Asian

24.5%

Hispanic or Latino

11.5%

Black or African American

10.4%

Unknown

7.2%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Carrier

100.0%

Senior Software Designer Education

Schools

Villanova University

10.0%

University of Texas at Dallas

7.5%

Wayne State University

7.5%

National University

5.0%

University of Massachusetts - Lowell

5.0%

More Tech Institute

5.0%

North Carolina State University

5.0%

University of Tennessee - Knoxville

5.0%

University of Louisiana at Lafayette

5.0%

Arizona State University

5.0%

Texas State University

5.0%

University of Iowa

5.0%

University of Phoenix

5.0%

George Washington University

5.0%

Michigan State University

5.0%

Oregon State University

5.0%

Central Washington University

2.5%

University of North Texas at Dallas

2.5%

University of Texas at Arlington

2.5%

Monroe Community College

2.5%
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Majors

Computer Science

45.7%

Electrical Engineering

11.0%

Computer Engineering

8.7%

Business

6.3%

Project Management

3.9%

Computer Applications

3.1%

Finance

2.4%

Mechanical Engineering

2.4%

Graphic Design

2.4%

Engineering And Industrial Management

2.4%

Management

1.6%

Statistics

1.6%

Mathematics

1.6%

Biology

1.6%

Physics

1.6%

Computer Programming

0.8%

Electrical Engineering Technology

0.8%

Information Sciences

0.8%

Drafting And Design

0.8%

Management Information Systems

0.8%
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Degrees

Bachelors

43.7%

Masters

35.8%

Other

9.9%

Doctorate

4.6%

Certificate

2.6%

Diploma

2.0%

Associate

1.3%
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