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Working As A Software Engineer Lead

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

  • $108,552

    Average Salary

What Does A Software Engineer Lead 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 Engineer Lead

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
Principal Engineer 4.7 years
Senior Engineer 4.3 years
Software Director 3.8 years
Lead Engineer 3.4 years
Knowledge Engineer 3.4 years
Team Lead Engineer 3.4 years
Firmware Engineer 3.3 years
Software Leader 3.2 years
Software Engineer 3.2 years
Software Architect 3.2 years
Lead Programmer 3.1 years
Software Designer 3.0 years
Software Developer 2.7 years
Software Analyst 2.6 years
Data Engineer 2.5 years
Lead Architect 2.5 years
Lead Developer 2.5 years
Web Architect 2.4 years
Solution Developer 2.4 years
Module Lead 2.0 years
Top Employers Before
Programmer 3.9%
Consultant 3.4%
Internship 2.4%
Top Employers After
Consultant 4.1%

Software Engineer Lead Demographics

Gender

Male

80.6%

Female

16.3%

Unknown

3.1%
Ethnicity

White

59.9%

Asian

27.6%

Hispanic or Latino

8.7%

Unknown

2.7%

Black or African American

1.1%
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Languages Spoken

Japanese

16.7%

Chinese

13.3%

Spanish

13.3%

French

10.0%

Mandarin

10.0%

German

6.7%

Portuguese

3.3%

Vietnamese

3.3%

Russian

3.3%

Persian

3.3%

Bengali

3.3%

Latvian

3.3%

Arabic

3.3%

Korean

3.3%

Hindi

3.3%
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Software Engineer Lead Education

Schools

Arizona State University

7.9%

University of Phoenix

7.9%

Illinois Institute of Technology

6.6%

George Mason University

6.6%

University of Colorado at Boulder

5.3%

Ohio State University

5.3%

University of Bridgeport

5.3%

Columbia University

5.3%

Purdue University

5.3%

Stevens Institute of Technology

5.3%

Syracuse University

3.9%

University of Connecticut

3.9%

University of California - San Diego

3.9%

University of Central Florida

3.9%

Drexel University

3.9%

University of Illinois at Chicago

3.9%

New Mexico State University

3.9%

Rochester Institute of Technology

3.9%

Minnesota State University - Mankato

3.9%

George Washington University

3.9%
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Majors

Computer Science

34.6%

Computer Engineering

11.1%

Electrical Engineering

9.7%

Business

9.1%

Information Technology

5.4%

Computer Information Systems

5.1%

Mathematics

4.0%

Finance

2.9%

Electrical Engineering Technology

2.3%

Project Management

2.0%

Marketing

1.7%

Computer Applications

1.7%

Engineering

1.7%

Systems Engineering

1.4%

Management

1.4%

Management Information Systems

1.4%

Physics

1.4%

Information Systems

1.1%

Statistics

0.9%

Information Sciences

0.9%
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Degrees

Bachelors

45.5%

Masters

39.6%

Other

7.8%

Doctorate

3.7%

Certificate

1.5%

Associate

1.5%

Diploma

0.5%
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Real Software Engineer Lead Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Lead Software Engineer, Quality-Capacity Cloud Salesforce.Com, Inc. San Francisco, CA Feb 23, 2015 $200,000
Lead Software Engineer (Machine Learning Developer) Mattermark, Inc. San Francisco, CA Feb 02, 2015 $200,000
Lead Client Software Engineer Polyera Corporation San Francisco, CA Jan 30, 2015 $200,000
Lead Client Software Engineer Polyera Corporation San Francisco, CA Jan 19, 2015 $200,000
Lead Software Engineer Factset Research Systems Inc. Norwalk, CT Apr 29, 2016 $191,000 -
$195,000
Lead Software Engineer-Distinguished Engineer EMC Corporation Santa Clara, CA Aug 23, 2016 $190,400 -
$257,600
Lead Software Engineer Grubhub Holdings, Inc. New York, NY Jan 13, 2015 $190,154
Lead Software Engineer-Infrastructure Delivery Salesforce.Com San Francisco, CA Jul 11, 2016 $190,000
Lead Software Engineer, IOS Auction.Com, LLC D.B.A.Auction.Com Belmont, CA Oct 02, 2016 $188,822
Lead SW Engineer Inovant LLC Foster City, CA Jan 26, 2016 $188,822 -
$208,000
Software Engineers-Applications (Lead Engineer, Force.Com) Salesforce.Com San Francisco, CA Sep 22, 2016 $187,000
Lead Software Engineer Integral Development Corporation Palo Alto, CA Sep 20, 2016 $187,000
Software Engineer (Technical Lead, Image Mastering) Pixar Emeryville, CA Jun 25, 2015 $186,493
Lead Software Engineer Salesforce.Com Inc. San Francisco, CA Aug 24, 2015 $185,000
Lead Software Engineer Alere Analytics Lowell, MA Jan 27, 2015 $123,000
Lead Software Engineer Xperttech, Inc. Woburn, MA Aug 01, 2016 $123,000
Lead Software Engineer Alere Analytics, Inc. Lowell, MA Feb 18, 2015 $123,000
Lead Software Engineer MUFG Union Bank, N.A. Los Angeles, CA Jul 27, 2015 $123,000
Lead Software Engineer Xperttech, Inc. Woburn, MA Mar 24, 2016 $123,000
Lead Software Engineer Xperttech, Inc. Woburn, MA Apr 02, 2016 $123,000
Lead SW Engineer Inovant, LLC Austin, TX Jun 09, 2016 $122,984 -
$180,500
Lead SW Engineer Inovant, LLC Austin, TX Sep 09, 2016 $122,984 -
$180,500
Lead Software Engineer Cadence Design Systems, Inc. San Jose, CA May 10, 2015 $106,517 -
$136,500
Software Engineer (Integration Lead) Expensify Inc. San Francisco, CA Jul 09, 2016 $106,500
Lead Software Engineer Comcast Cable Communications, LLC Philadelphia, PA May 06, 2015 $106,288 -
$137,000
Software Engineering-Lead Engineer Fair Isaac Corporation Roseville, MN Mar 18, 2015 $106,205 -
$127,000
Lead Software Engineer West Services, Inc. Eagan, MN Feb 04, 2015 $106,205
Lead Software Engineer West Services, Inc. Eagan, MN Mar 20, 2015 $106,205
Lead Software Engineer Sarayu Consultants Inc. Schaumburg, IL Oct 17, 2016 $106,000
Leader, Software Engineer Mastercard International Incorporated OFallon, MO Apr 04, 2016 $106,000

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Top Skills for A Software Engineer Lead

WebApplicationPl/SqlDatabaseProceduresWindowsArchitectureSoftwareDevelopmentC/C++XMLPlatformAPILinuxC #UserInterfaceSQLServerUnixASPScrumProjectManagementTestScripts

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Top Software Engineer Lead Skills

  1. Web Application
  2. Pl/Sql
  3. Database
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Defined requirements, analyzed and designed, and implemented a development tool for building analytic web applications.
  • Provided the Sales and Order entry reports with Oracle/PL/SQL.
  • Used Erwin to maintain database schema and database conversion from one application to another across systems.
  • Developed and directed software system testing procedures, programming and documentation.
  • Created, configured, tested, and maintained up to 14 Windows test environments with connectivity to several external applications.

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