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Working As A Software Engineer-Team Lead

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

  • $105,142

    Average Salary

What Does A Software Engineer-Team 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-Team 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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Software Engineer-Team Lead Career Paths

Software Engineer-Team Lead
Program Manager Senior Manager Director Of Information
Chief Information Officer
11 Yearsyrs
Software Engineering Manager Director Of Software Development
Chief Technology Officer
11 Yearsyrs
Lead Technician Systems Administrator Information Technology Manager
Director Of Information
10 Yearsyrs
Senior Programmer Analyst Senior Systems Analyst Senior Software Engineer
Director Of Software Development
12 Yearsyrs
Software Development Manager Program Manager Senior Product Manager
Principal Product Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Software Engineering Manager Senior Project Manager Senior Product Manager
Product Management Director
12 Yearsyrs
Software Architect Solutions Architect Product Manager
Product Manager, Mobile
10 Yearsyrs
Software Architect Architect And Developer Business Analyst
Product Owner
9 Yearsyrs
Engineering Manager Engineering Director
Senior Director Of Engineering
15 Yearsyrs
Program Manager Information Technology Project Manager Director Of Information
Senior Director Of Information & Technology
13 Yearsyrs
Senior Programmer Analyst Senior Software Engineer
Senior Java Developer
6 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Senior Project Manager
Senior Product Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Program Manager
Senior Project Manager
12 Yearsyrs
Engineering Manager Quality Assurance Manager
Senior Quality Assurance Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Lead Technician Technical Support Specialist Systems Engineer
Senior Software Engineer
6 Yearsyrs
Senior Software Engineer Lead Project Manager Senior Project Manager
Senior Technical Program Manager
12 Yearsyrs
Senior Software Engineer Lead Project Leader Information Technology Manager
Vice President Of Information Technology
12 Yearsyrs
Software Development Manager Project Manager Product Manager
Vice President, Product Management
13 Yearsyrs
Project Leader Development Manager Director Of Software Development
Vice President, Software Development
11 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Principal Engineer 4.7 years
Senior Engineer 4.3 years
Knowledge Engineer 3.4 years
Senior Programmer 3.4 years
Lead Engineer 3.4 years
Team Lead Engineer 3.4 years
Lead Technician 3.3 years
Software Engineer 3.2 years
Software Architect 3.2 years
Software Leader 3.2 years
Lead Programmer 3.1 years
Software Designer 3.0 years
Software Developer 2.7 years
Software Analyst 2.6 years
Lead Developer 2.5 years
Lead Architect 2.5 years
Web Architect 2.4 years
Solution Developer 2.4 years
Developer 2.2 years
Module Lead 2.0 years
Top Employers Before
Consultant 4.0%
Developer 2.0%
Programmer 1.7%
Internship 1.4%
Top Employers After
Consultant 4.6%

Software Engineer-Team Lead Demographics

Gender

Male

76.5%

Female

18.9%

Unknown

4.6%
Ethnicity

White

58.6%

Asian

27.7%

Hispanic or Latino

7.0%

Unknown

5.9%

Black or African American

0.9%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

26.7%

French

23.3%

Portuguese

6.7%

Japanese

6.7%

Dutch

3.3%

Chinese

3.3%

Turkish

3.3%

German

3.3%

Hebrew

3.3%

Russian

3.3%

Bengali

3.3%

Dakota

3.3%

Polish

3.3%

Arabic

3.3%

Hindi

3.3%
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Software Engineer-Team Lead Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

11.5%

University of Texas at Dallas

6.9%

George Washington University

6.9%

University of North Carolina at Greensboro

6.1%

Brigham Young University

5.3%

University of Utah

5.3%

Northeastern University

5.3%

George Mason University

5.3%

Illinois Institute of Technology

4.6%

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

4.6%

University of Maryland - University College

3.8%

University of Washington

3.8%

University of South Carolina - Columbia

3.8%

University of California - San Diego

3.8%

University of Colorado at Boulder

3.8%

University of California - Los Angeles

3.8%

National University

3.8%

Pennsylvania State University

3.8%

University of Houston

3.8%

Worcester Polytechnic Institute

3.8%
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Majors

Computer Science

37.3%

Computer Engineering

12.0%

Business

9.3%

Electrical Engineering

7.2%

Information Technology

5.8%

Computer Information Systems

4.5%

Computer Applications

3.7%

Mathematics

2.7%

Information Systems

2.1%

Engineering

1.9%

Electrical Engineering Technology

1.8%

Finance

1.8%

Management

1.6%

Management Information Systems

1.6%

Project Management

1.3%

Mechanical Engineering

1.2%

Computer Networking

1.2%

Environmental Control Technologies/Technicians

0.9%

Marketing

0.9%

Physics

0.9%
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Degrees

Bachelors

44.5%

Masters

40.2%

Other

7.6%

Doctorate

2.6%

Associate

2.1%

Diploma

1.7%

Certificate

1.3%

License

0.1%
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Real Software Engineer-Team Lead Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Software Engineer, Team Lead Borderfree, Inc. New York, NY May 14, 2015 $195,208
Senior Software Engineer-Team Lead Exactbid, LLC San Jose, CA Jun 06, 2015 $157,000
Software Engineering Team Lead Sharethrough San Francisco, CA Aug 26, 2016 $150,000
Software Engineering Team Lead, Media Services Longtail Ad Solutions, Inc. New York, NY Jul 27, 2015 $150,000 -
$200,000
Principal Software Engineer-Team Lead Basis Technology Corporation Cambridge, MA Apr 21, 2015 $150,000
Software Web Engineer Team Lead IBM Corporation Chicago, IL Oct 13, 2016 $140,300
Software Engineer Team Lead IBM Corporation Chicago, IL Aug 10, 2016 $140,300
Software Engineer Team Lead The Nielsen Company (Us), LLC Waltham, MA Jul 01, 2015 $140,000
Software Engineer Team Lead Palantir Technologies Inc. New York, NY Dec 15, 2016 $138,000
Software Engineer, Team Lead Sharethrough, Inc. San Francisco, CA Sep 05, 2015 $135,000
Software Engineering-Team Lead Appnexus Inc. New York, NY Jan 08, 2016 $135,000 -
$170,000
SR. Software Engineer/Team Lead Symplicity Corporation Arlington, VA Feb 04, 2015 $130,000
Software Engineering Team Lead Accenture LLP Austin, TX Feb 19, 2015 $113,069
Software Engineering Team Lead Accenture LLP Florham Park, NJ Dec 02, 2016 $111,821
Senior Software Engineer, Team Lead Vmturbo, Inc. Valhalla, NY Mar 24, 2016 $111,114
SR. Software Engineer/Team Lead Symplicity Corporation Arlington, VA Oct 19, 2016 $110,781
Software Engineer/Team Lead Infomerica, Inc. Cary, NC Sep 13, 2016 $110,698
Senior Software Engineer/Team Lead Client Network Services, Inc. Lansing, MI May 16, 2015 $110,000
Software Engineering Team Leader EPAM Systems, Inc. Mountain View, CA Mar 18, 2015 $110,000
SR. Software Engineer, Team Lead Vmturbo, Inc. New York, NY May 09, 2016 $110,000
Software Engineer Team Leader Amdocs Inc. Alpharetta, GA Feb 24, 2016 $99,800
Software Engineering Team Lead Accenture LLP Chicago, IL Mar 15, 2016 $98,139
Software Engineering Team Lead Accenture LLP Bloomington, IL Mar 15, 2016 $98,139
Software Engineering Team Lead Accenture LLP Sacramento, CA Oct 01, 2016 $98,000
Software Engineering Team Lead Amdocs, Inc. Bothell, WA Sep 05, 2015 $97,800

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Top Skills for A Software Engineer-Team Lead

WebApplicationPl/SqlDatabaseWindowsSQLServerSoftwareArchitectureSoftwareDevelopmentC/C++PlatformC#.NETXMLProceduresASPUnixTestScriptsHtmlTestCasesLinuxWebServicesAPI

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Top Software Engineer-Team 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:
  • Managed a team of two to seven software engineers to maintain and enhance large web applications.
  • Worked with PL/SQL scripts to gather data and perform manipulations.
  • Used Rational Rose and System Architect to develop the Conceptual, Logical and Physical database models for newly migrated database.
  • Installed and maintained different operating systems (NT 4.0, 3.51 Windows 95, Windows 3.x, DOS).
  • Converted data from Advantage Database Server to SQL Server allowing clients to upgrade to the latest version of CTS products.

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