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Become A Senior Software Engineer/Architect

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Working As A Senior Software Engineer/Architect

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

  • $110,460

    Average Salary

What Does A Senior Software Engineer/Architect Do

A Senior Software Engineer/Architect is responsible for developing information systems. They plan, develop, and install software solutions.

How To Become A Senior Software Engineer/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 Engineer/Architect Demographics

Gender

  • Male

    86.5%
  • Female

    8.6%
  • Unknown

    4.9%

Ethnicity

  • White

    66.5%
  • Asian

    20.5%
  • Hispanic or Latino

    7.1%
  • Unknown

    4.8%
  • Black or African American

    1.0%
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Languages Spoken

  • Carrier

    37.5%
  • Spanish

    25.0%
  • Russian

    12.5%
  • Norwegian

    12.5%
  • Portuguese

    12.5%
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Real Senior Software Engineer/Architect Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Senior Software Engineer/Architect-Big Data PLA Netflix, Inc. Los Gatos, CA Apr 28, 2014 $250,000
Senior Software Engineer/Architect Seismic Software, Inc. Solana Beach, CA Mar 25, 2016 $220,000
Senior Software Developer/Architect Seismic Software, Inc. Solana Beach, CA Mar 25, 2016 $220,000
SR. Software Engineer Architect Randstad Technologies, LP San Jose, CA Sep 04, 2012 $204,526
SR. Software Engineer Architect Randstad Technologies, LP San Jose, CA May 09, 2012 $204,526
SR. Software Engineer Architect Spherion Corporation Pleasanton, CA Sep 06, 2009 $198,265
SR. Software Developer/System Architect Reliance First Capital, LLC Melville, NY Oct 01, 2013 $160,000
Senior Software Developer/Architect Galaxe.Solutions, Inc. Somerset, NJ Jul 04, 2016 $159,671
Senior Software Developer/Architect Galaxe.Solutions, Inc. Richardson, TX Jul 04, 2016 $159,671
Senior Software Developer/Architect PCC Technology, Inc. Windsor, CT Sep 18, 2016 $150,000
Senior Software Engineer/Architect Techlink Systems Inc. San Francisco, CA May 18, 2012 $149,760
Senior Software Engineer and Architect Graphdive Inc. Palo Alto, CA Apr 02, 2012 $145,000
Senior Software Development Architect Inovalon, Inc. Bowie, MD May 19, 2016 $127,379
Senior Software Engineer/Architect Teklead Corp. Los Angeles, CA Aug 26, 2013 $126,000
Senior Software Engineer/Architect Teklead Corp. Los Angeles, CA Aug 01, 2012 $126,000
SR Software Engineer/Architect Apple Inc. Cupertino, CA Jun 27, 2011 $125,000
Senior Software Engineer/Architect Newlinenoosh, Inc. Mountain View, CA Nov 07, 2011 $125,000
Senior Software Engineer/Architect Web2Web Marketing, Inc. San Francisco, CA Sep 17, 2012 $125,000
Senior Software Engineer/Product Architect Solbright, Inc. New York, NY Apr 13, 2010 $120,500
Senior Software Engineer/Architect Verisurf Software, Inc. Anaheim, CA Jul 16, 2012 $100,000 -
$130,000
Senior Software Developer/Architect The Rogosin Institute New York, NY Jul 05, 2010 $100,000
Senior Software Developer/Architect Runbeck Election Services, Inc. Tempe, AZ May 19, 2011 $99,237
Senior Software Engineer and Architect 5 Examples, Inc. Cary, NC Oct 01, 2012 $98,500
Senior Software Engineer and Architect 5 Examples, Inc. Cary, NC Sep 01, 2013 $98,500
Senior Software Developer & Architect August Ninth Analyses, Inc. Scarsdale, NY Sep 28, 2015 $98,400
Senior Software Engineer and Architect John Mezzalingua Associates LLC Deerfield, IL Jan 03, 2016 $98,000 -
$128,000

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Top Skills for A Senior Software Engineer/Architect

WebApplicationPl/SqlArchitectureDatabaseC#.NETSQLServerWindowsAPIXMLWebServicesHtmlC/C++JqueryUserInterfaceAsp.NetMVCLinuxProceduresJava/J2EeWCFAjax

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Top Senior Software Engineer/Architect Skills

  1. Web Application
  2. Pl/Sql
  3. Architecture
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Design web applications and maintain content for .Net based systems.
  • Develop / Tune / Test PL/SQL programs and batch processes in Pro*C and Java.
  • Worked on the Architecture, design and implementation of the Profile2.0 Identity Service based on the Liberty Spec.
  • Assisted in Oracle Database with Enterprise Manager and External Procedure Call setup.
  • Utilized MS SQL Server 2000, MS SQL Server 7 and My SQL.

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