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Working As A Senior Technical Developer

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

  • $111,558

    Average Salary

What Does A Senior Technical 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 Technical 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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Senior Technical Developer Career Paths

Senior Technical Developer
Senior Consultant Senior Manager
Director Of Enterprise Architecture
14 Yearsyrs
Lead Technician Systems Administrator Senior Software Engineer
Director Of Software Development
12 Yearsyrs
Senior Leader Operations Manager Information Technology Manager
Director, Applications
12 Yearsyrs
Senior Technologist Information Technology Manager Chief Technology Officer
President & Chief Technology Officer
13 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Senior Project Manager Senior Product Manager
Principal Product Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Project Leader Business Analyst
Product Owner
9 Yearsyrs
Senior/Lead Developer Project Manager Senior Project Manager
Senior Delivery Manager
12 Yearsyrs
Senior Consultant Development Manager
Senior Development Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Lead Technician Senior Consultant Information Technology Director
Senior Director Of Information & Technology
13 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Product Manager Product Management Director
Senior Director, Product Management
14 Yearsyrs
Senior Technologist Systems Engineer Systems Manager
Senior Manager-Systems
11 Yearsyrs
Project Leader Project Manager Senior Project Manager
Senior Technical Program Manager
12 Yearsyrs
Consultant Information Technology Manager Sales Engineer
Technical Account Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Senior/Lead Developer Project Leader Product Manager
Technical Product Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Consultant Lead Developer Director Of Software Development
Vice President Of Software Engineering
14 Yearsyrs
Senior Leader Technical Manager Director Of Software Development
Vice President, Software Development
11 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Lead Developer 2.5 years
Project Developer 2.3 years
Developer 2.2 years
Module Lead 2.0 years
Junior Developer 1.4 years
Top Employers Before
Developer 10.8%
Consultant 4.5%
Top Employers After
Consultant 6.1%
Developer 4.5%

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Senior Technical Developer Demographics

Gender

Male

74.5%

Female

21.6%

Unknown

3.8%
Ethnicity

White

53.9%

Asian

20.4%

Hispanic or Latino

11.4%

Black or African American

9.3%

Unknown

5.0%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

15.0%

Portuguese

10.0%

Chinese

10.0%

Japanese

10.0%

Irish

5.0%

Vietnamese

5.0%

Dutch

5.0%

French

5.0%

Dari

5.0%

Persian

5.0%

Tagalog

5.0%

Russian

5.0%

Polish

5.0%

Korean

5.0%

Italian

5.0%
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Senior Technical Developer Education

Schools

Temple University

6.1%

North Carolina State University

6.1%

University of Louisville

6.1%

Capella University

6.1%

Texas A&M University

6.1%

University of Cincinnati

6.1%

More Tech Institute

6.1%

Community College of Rhode Island

6.1%

University of Hartford

6.1%

University of Connecticut

4.1%

Central State University

4.1%

Cardinal Stritch University

4.1%

Community College of the Air Force

4.1%

Long Island University - C W Post Campus

4.1%

Villanova University

4.1%

Webster University

4.1%

Wayne State University

4.1%

American University

4.1%

State University of New York Buffalo

4.1%

University of New Haven

4.1%
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Majors

Computer Science

24.6%

Electrical Engineering

10.7%

Business

9.4%

Computer Applications

7.1%

Electrical Engineering Technology

5.8%

Information Technology

4.9%

Computer Information Systems

4.5%

Engineering

3.6%

Computer Engineering

3.1%

Mechanical Engineering

3.1%

Physics

3.1%

Project Management

2.7%

Mathematics

2.7%

Computer Technical Support

2.2%

Biology

2.2%

Communication

2.2%

Finance

2.2%

Human Resources Management

2.2%

Economics

1.8%

Chemistry

1.8%
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Degrees

Bachelors

39.9%

Masters

24.0%

Other

18.0%

Associate

9.8%

Doctorate

3.3%

Diploma

2.7%

Certificate

2.1%

License

0.3%
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Real Senior Technical Developer Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Senior Technology Developer Centerbridge Partners, L.P. New York, NY Jul 24, 2016 $185,000
Senior Technology Developer Centerbridge Partners, L.P. New York, NY Jun 11, 2015 $175,000
VP, Senior Flow Volatility Technology Developer Barclays Services Corp. New York, NY Jul 24, 2014 $165,000
Senior Technical Software Developer Broadway Technology LLC New York, NY May 09, 2016 $165,000
SR. Technical Advisor-Software Development Landmark Graphics Corporation Houston, TX Aug 08, 2013 $150,000
Senior Unix Developer, Technology & Operations RBC Capital Markets, LLC New York, NY Apr 09, 2013 $145,000 -
$150,000
SR. Technical Advisor-Software Development Halliburton Energy Services, Inc. Conroe, TX Feb 13, 2016 $141,430
Senior Hybris E-Commerce Developer, IT Becton, Dickinson and Company San Jose, CA Apr 07, 2014 $134,534
Senior Technical Advisor-Software Development Halliburton Energy Services, Inc. Conroe, TX Feb 13, 2013 $133,185
Developer IT SR. Staff Nvidia Corporation Santa Clara, CA Feb 27, 2013 $131,832 -
$136,210
SR. Technical Advisor-Software Development Landmark Graphics Corporation Houston, TX Sep 29, 2015 $130,687
SR. ATG Developer, E-Business Technology Ann Taylor, Inc. New York, NY Jun 15, 2015 $130,000
Senior Oracle EBS Technical Developer Beachbody, LLC Santa Monica, CA Aug 16, 2013 $121,025
Senior Developer, Technology Services TD Securities (USA) LLC New York, NY Aug 20, 2014 $118,000
Senior Technical Developer Tata Consultancy Services Limited Bentonville, AR Dec 31, 2015 $115,000
Senior Developer, SAP Technologies Ltd Commodities LLC Lincolnshire, IL Aug 14, 2013 $114,737
SR. Specialist-Technology/Software Developer Synechron, Inc. Piscataway, NJ Feb 15, 2016 $112,750
SR. Technical Advisor-Software Development Landmark Graphics Corporation Houston, TX Mar 26, 2013 $112,608
SR. Service Developer, Technology Raymond James & Associates, Inc. Saint Petersburg, FL Dec 12, 2016 $112,000
Senior Technical Developer II Compass Group USA, Inc. Charlotte, NC May 02, 2016 $101,379
SR. Specialist-Technology/Intermediate ETL Lead Developer Synechron, Inc. Windsor, CT Apr 12, 2015 $100,966
Specialist Senior, Tech, Systems Integration-System Development Deloitte Consulting LLP Sacramento, CA Jun 30, 2015 $100,000 -
$158,000
Senior Developer, Business-Technology Solution Development Carecentrix Inc. Tampa, FL Nov 04, 2016 $100,000
SR. Specialist-Technology/Software Developer Synechron, Inc. Charlotte, NC Jan 08, 2016 $99,751
Senior Developer Technology, Travelers Network Pelmorex Media U.S. Inc. Santa Clara, CA Feb 01, 2013 $99,653
SR. Specialist-Technology/Tibco Developer Synechron, Inc. Sterling, VA Jun 06, 2016 $99,000

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Top Skills for A Senior Technical Developer

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  1. Pl/Sql
  2. Database
  3. Web
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  • Designed, developed complex SQL queries for PL/SQL API.
  • Tested and validated all simulations training databases to ensure accurate military doctrinal training.
  • Designed and developed web-based business process tool for Monsanto.
  • Developed workbooks using Discoverer to develop custom reports for business analysis.
  • Instructed other engineers and technicians on operation of equipment and procedures.

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