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Working As A Software Consultant

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

  • $90,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Software Consultant 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 Software Consultant

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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Software Consultant Career Paths

Software Consultant
Senior Software Engineer Software Development Manager
Director Of Software Development
12 Yearsyrs
Senior Software Engineer Project Manager Product Manager
Product Director
11 Yearsyrs
Senior Software Engineer Project Manager Development Manager
Senior Development Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Consultant Information Technology Manager Chief Technology Officer
President & Chief Technology Officer
13 Yearsyrs
Consultant Senior Programmer Analyst Manager Applications Development
Application Development Director
11 Yearsyrs
Consultant Senior Business Analyst
Product Owner
9 Yearsyrs
Senior Consultant Senior Project Manager Senior Product Manager
Principal Product Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Senior Consultant Project Manager Information Technology Project Manager
Technical Delivery Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Developer Systems Analyst
Information Systems Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Business Analyst Information Technology Consultant Senior Programmer Analyst
Application Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Business Analyst Information Technology Consultant
Information Technology Systems Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Senior Consultant Manager Information Technology Manager
Information Technology Development Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Senior Programmer Analyst Program Manager Co-Founder
Chief Technology Officer & Founder
9 Yearsyrs
Applications Developer Front End Developer User Experience Designer
User Experience Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Business Analyst Manager Information Technology Manager
Director, Applications
12 Yearsyrs
Developer Senior Project Manager Director Of Software Development
Vice President Of Software Engineering
13 Yearsyrs
Systems Administrator Senior Technologist
Principal Technologist
10 Yearsyrs
Developer Project Leader Technical Project Manager
Technical Product Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Project Leader Delivery Manager
Senior Delivery Manager
12 Yearsyrs
Project Leader Manager Applications Development Application Development Director
Vice President Of Application Development
11 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Software Leader 3.3 years
Software Designer 3.2 years
Software Engineer 3.0 years
Software Developer 2.6 years
Software Analyst 2.5 years
Top Careers Before Software Consultant
Consultant 5.9%
Programmer 5.1%
Internship 2.2%
Developer 2.0%
Top Careers After Software Consultant
Consultant 8.8%
Developer 2.4%
Manager 1.8%

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Software Consultant Demographics

Gender

Male

67.3%

Female

23.4%

Unknown

9.2%
Ethnicity

White

52.8%

Asian

20.1%

Hispanic or Latino

11.9%

Black or African American

10.0%

Unknown

5.1%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

32.8%

French

11.7%

German

8.6%

Mandarin

6.3%

Portuguese

5.5%

Russian

4.7%

Italian

3.9%

Chinese

3.9%

Japanese

3.9%

Hindi

3.1%

Korean

2.3%

Cantonese

2.3%

Carrier

2.3%

Telugu

1.6%

Indonesian

1.6%

Hebrew

1.6%

Arabic

1.6%

Turkish

0.8%

Ukrainian

0.8%

Malay

0.8%
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Software Consultant Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

9.9%

University of Houston

7.4%

Arizona State University

6.9%

Georgia Institute of Technology -

6.6%

University of Texas at Dallas

6.0%

Northeastern University

5.7%

Pennsylvania State University

5.1%

University of Texas at Austin

5.1%

Texas A&M University

5.0%

San Jose State University

4.4%

Johns Hopkins University

4.3%

National University

3.9%

University of Massachusetts - Lowell

3.9%

University of Central Florida

3.9%

DePaul University

3.9%

Ohio State University

3.7%

University of South Florida

3.5%

New York University

3.5%

University of Colorado at Boulder

3.5%

More Tech Institute

3.5%
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Majors

Computer Science

32.1%

Business

13.0%

Electrical Engineering

7.7%

Computer Engineering

7.2%

Accounting

4.7%

Computer Information Systems

4.2%

Information Technology

4.1%

Computer Applications

3.7%

Mathematics

2.8%

Finance

2.7%

Engineering

2.3%

Information Systems

2.2%

Management

2.2%

Management Information Systems

2.2%

Project Management

1.8%

Mechanical Engineering

1.4%

Marketing

1.4%

Physics

1.4%

Computer Programming

1.4%

Education

1.3%
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Degrees

Bachelors

43.0%

Masters

34.6%

Other

11.4%

Associate

4.0%

Certificate

3.0%

Doctorate

2.6%

Diploma

1.3%

License

0.1%
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Average Yearly Salary
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$66,000
Min 10%
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Median 50%
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Best Paying Company
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Highest Paying City
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Highest Paying State
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Avg Experience Level
2.7 years
How much does a Software Consultant make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Software Consultant in the United States is $90,281 per year or $43 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $66,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $122,000.

Real Software Consultant Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Software Consultant IV 1 Dummy New York, NY Feb 17, 2016 $208,700
Software Consultant IV 1 Dummy New York, NY Feb 19, 2016 $208,700
Software Consultant IV 1 Dummy New York, NY Feb 16, 2016 $208,700
Software Consultant IV 1 Dummy New York, NY Dec 02, 2016 $208,700
Software Consultant III Alltech Consulting Services, Inc. Princeton, NJ Nov 18, 2016 $180,000
Software Consultant IV Alltech Consulting Services, Inc. Princeton, NJ Sep 20, 2016 $170,000
Software Consultant II Alltech Consulting Services, Inc. Princeton, NJ Sep 23, 2015 $169,978
Software Consultant Cambridge Technology, Inc. Plano, TX Feb 02, 2015 $163,308
Software Consultant IV Alltech Consulting Services, Inc. Princeton, NJ Aug 04, 2016 $163,000
Software Consultant III Alltech Consulting Services, Inc. Princeton, NJ Oct 02, 2016 $160,000
Software Consultant IV Alltech Consulting Services, Inc. Princeton, NJ Dec 22, 2016 $160,000
Software Consultant Intergraph Corporation Madison, AL Jan 25, 2016 $101,218
Software Consultant III Alltech Consulting Services, Inc. New York, NY Aug 10, 2015 $101,094 -
$150,264
Software Consultant III Alltech Consulting Services Inc. Jersey City, NJ Apr 04, 2016 $101,094 -
$146,090
Software Consultant III Alltech Consulting Services Inc. Jersey City, NJ Jan 02, 2016 $101,094 -
$125,220
Software Consultant III Alltech Consulting Services Inc. Jersey City, NJ Jun 20, 2016 $101,094 -
$146,090
Software Consultant III Alltech Consulting Services Inc. Bridgewater, NJ Aug 09, 2016 $100,886 -
$144,838
Software Consultant Econsultants Inc. Alpharetta, GA Aug 25, 2016 $82,000
Software Consultant Qatalys, Inc. Dallas, TX Oct 24, 2016 $81,952
Software Consultant CNET Global Solutions, Inc. Richardson, TX Feb 29, 2016 $81,952
Software Consultant Deegit, Inc. Marlborough, MA Mar 16, 2015 $81,786 -
$85,786
SAP Software Consultant Denken Solutions, Inc. Redmond, WA Sep 12, 2015 $81,706
SAP Software Consultant Denken Solutions, Inc. Redmond, WA Aug 19, 2015 $81,706
SAP Software Consultant Denken Solutions, Inc. Redmond, WA Aug 24, 2016 $81,432
Software Consultant II Alltech Consulting Services Inc. New York, NY Sep 13, 2016 $81,266 -
$83,000

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Top Skills for A Software Consultant

  1. Web Application
  2. Pl/Sql
  3. Database
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  • Created an internal project management web application designed specifically for client that standardized their project entry and reporting.
  • Worked extensively with hierarchical and relational databases using PL/SQL.
  • Worked extensively on database conversion and data integrity issues.
  • Lead consultant in implementing Micro Focus Net Express 4.0 between the Windows XP Professional Desktop and HP-UNIX.
  • Implemented the design Developing the website StoryDeveloper.com Developed test cases.

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