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Working As A Software Development Project Manager

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

  • $104,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Software Development Project Manager 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 Development Project Manager

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 Development Project Manager Career Paths

Software Development Project Manager
Project Manager Program Manager
Lead Program Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Development Manager
Senior Development Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Engineering Director
Senior Director Of Engineering
15 Yearsyrs
Senior Project Manager Chief Technology Officer
President & Chief Technology Officer
13 Yearsyrs
Senior Project Manager Senior Product Manager
Principal Product Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Senior Project Manager
Director Of Software Development
12 Yearsyrs
Information Technology Project Manager Program Manager
Manager, Program Management
9 Yearsyrs
Information Technology Project Manager
Enterprise Project Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Information Technology Project Manager Founder
Chief Technology Officer & Founder
9 Yearsyrs
Technical Project Manager Information Technology Manager
Information Technology Development Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Technical Project Manager
Technical Product Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Technical Project Manager Delivery Manager
Senior Delivery Manager
12 Yearsyrs
Program Manager Information Technology Director
Vice President Of Application Development
11 Yearsyrs
Director Of Software Development
Vice President Of Software Engineering
13 Yearsyrs
Director Of Software Development Technical Director
Director, Applications
12 Yearsyrs
Consultant/Project Manager Project Manager/Scrum Master
Product Owner
9 Yearsyrs
Consultant/Project Manager Manager Applications Development
Application Development Director
11 Yearsyrs
Infrastructure Project Manager
Technical Delivery Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Software Project Manager Software Engineering Manager
Manager, Systems Engineering
9 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Software Leader 3.3 years
Top Careers Before Software Development Project Manager
Consultant 3.7%
Top Careers After Software Development Project Manager
Consultant 4.8%
Owner 2.4%
Director 1.9%

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Average Yearly Salary
$104,000
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$79,000
Min 10%
$104,000
Median 50%
$104,000
Median 50%
$104,000
Median 50%
$104,000
Median 50%
$104,000
Median 50%
$104,000
Median 50%
$104,000
Median 50%
$138,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
Open Systems Technologies
Highest Paying City
Cupertino, CA
Highest Paying State
Delaware
Avg Experience Level
3.9 years
How much does a Software Development Project Manager make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Software Development Project Manager in the United States is $104,822 per year or $50 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $79,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $138,000.

Real Software Development Project Manager Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Software Developer & Project Manager Barclays Services Corp. New York, NY Oct 05, 2016 $190,000
Project Manager/Software Developer Knowledgent Group Inc. Washington, DC Apr 18, 2016 $160,000
Project Manager/Software Developer Knowledgent Group Inc. Quincy, MA Sep 10, 2015 $160,000
Software Developer & Project Manager Barclays Services Corp. New York, NY Oct 05, 2016 $149,000
Software Developer & Project Manager Barclays Services Corp New York, NY Nov 19, 2015 $149,000
Software Development Project Manager Data Linkage Software Inc. Torrance, CA Jan 02, 2016 $147,368
Software Development-Project Manager Jersey Technology Partners Inc. East Brunswick, NJ Feb 24, 2016 $125,000
Software Development Project Manager Data Linkage Software Inc. Torrance, CA Sep 13, 2013 $120,000
Software Development Project Manager Data Linkage Software Inc. Torrance, CA Sep 10, 2013 $120,000
Project Manager, Software Development Glotel, Inc. Stamford, CT Dec 02, 2015 $117,394
Project Manager, Software Development Glotel, Inc. Stamford, CT Dec 01, 2014 $117,394
Software Development Project Manager Concordware International Ca, Inc. Orange, CA Jan 21, 2016 $115,662
Software Development Project Manager Greenlight Technologies, Inc. Flemington, NJ Sep 30, 2016 $115,000
SR. Software Developer/Technical Project Manager Open Systems Technologies Inc. Charlotte, NC Sep 16, 2011 $115,000
Project Manager-Software Development Experis Us, Inc. San Bruno, CA Sep 06, 2013 $101,094 -
$125,220
Project Manager, Software Development Tier Technologies, Inc. Reston, VA Feb 10, 2011 $101,000
Project Manager, Software Development Tier Technologies, Inc. Reston, VA Feb 21, 2011 $101,000
Project Manager, Software Development Apex Covantage, LLC Herndon, VA Jul 02, 2012 $101,000
Software Developer Project Manager Cw Professional Services McLean, VA Nov 03, 2014 $89,800
Project Manager, Software Development for Imaging X-Rite, Incorporated Carlstadt, NJ Sep 10, 2010 $89,627 -
$149,627
SR Software Developer/Project Manager Nam Info Inc. San Jose, CA Aug 25, 2014 $88,254
Software Development Project Manager Boston Va Research Institute, Inc. Boston, MA Nov 21, 2013 $87,534
Software Development Project Manager Saber Software Inc. Salem, OR Aug 20, 2009 $80,000
Project Manager-Software Development International Technologies Pro, LLC Houston, TX Oct 01, 2012 $78,500
Project Manager, Software Development Unitedlex Corporation Overland Park, KS Oct 26, 2011 $76,482
Software Development Team Project Manager Nexteppe Business Solutions, Inc. Buford, GA Sep 14, 2012 $76,000
Software Development Operations Project Manager Tenmarks Education, Inc. Burlingame, CA Sep 26, 2013 $75,670
Software Development Project Manager Concordware International Ca, Inc. Orange, CA Sep 06, 2012 $75,132
Software Development Project Manager Concordware International Ca, Inc. Orange, CA Sep 06, 2015 $75,132

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Top Skills for A Software Development Project Manager

  1. Project Management
  2. Web Application
  3. Database
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Facilitated adherence to project management practices and quality standards by effectively managing software development and QA teams throughout the project cycle.
  • Managed engineering teams responsible for delivering web applications for a revolutionary airline reservation system.
  • Translated conceptual business solutions to real code using advanced web technologies including client/server software, development frameworks and database languages.
  • Established full LAMP environment (Linux/Apache/MySQL-PostgreSQL/PHP-Perl).
  • Key performance areas: Resource management/scheduling, procurement, vendor management, independent delivery.

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  3. Maryland
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Software Development Project Manager Demographics

Gender

Male

67.9%

Female

23.6%

Unknown

8.5%
Ethnicity

White

58.8%

Hispanic or Latino

13.3%

Asian

12.0%

Black or African American

10.7%

Unknown

5.2%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

33.3%

French

20.8%

German

16.7%

Chinese

4.2%

Japanese

4.2%

Mandarin

4.2%

Persian

4.2%

Russian

4.2%

Carrier

4.2%

Italian

4.2%
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Software Development Project Manager Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

11.1%

George Washington University

8.9%

Pennsylvania State University

6.7%

Arizona State University

5.9%

National University

5.2%

Brigham Young University

5.2%

Strayer University

5.2%

University of Maryland - University College

4.4%

Carnegie Mellon University

4.4%

University of Texas at Austin

4.4%

Eastern Michigan University

4.4%

Purdue University

4.4%

Johns Hopkins University

4.4%

Colorado Technical University

4.4%

New York University

3.7%

Webster University

3.7%

University of Maryland - College Park

3.7%

DePaul University

3.7%

University of South Florida

3.0%

Northwestern University

3.0%
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Majors

Computer Science

26.7%

Business

18.9%

Project Management

7.6%

Computer Information Systems

7.0%

Electrical Engineering

6.2%

Computer Engineering

6.2%

Information Technology

4.1%

Management

2.9%

Information Systems

2.9%

Mathematics

2.4%

Finance

1.7%

Computer Applications

1.7%

Education

1.6%

Management Information Systems

1.6%

Mechanical Engineering

1.6%

Marketing

1.6%

Economics

1.4%

Political Science

1.3%

Engineering

1.3%

Accounting

1.3%
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Degrees

Bachelors

42.9%

Masters

34.5%

Other

9.5%

Certificate

5.1%

Associate

3.7%

Doctorate

3.0%

Diploma

1.1%

License

0.2%
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