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Working As A Software Programmer/Analyst

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

  • $79,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Software Programmer/Analyst 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 Programmer/Analyst

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 Programmer/Analyst Career Paths

Software Programmer/Analyst
Programmer Analyst Systems Analyst Systems Engineer
Manager, Systems Engineering
9 Yearsyrs
Programmer Analyst Senior Software Engineer
Director Of Software Development
12 Yearsyrs
Programmer Analyst Project Manager Information Technology Director
Senior Director Of Information & Technology
14 Yearsyrs
Senior Software Engineer Team Leader Program Manager
Lead Program Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Senior Software Engineer Project Manager Development Manager
Senior Development Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Software Engineer Systems Analyst Business Analyst
Product Owner
9 Yearsyrs
Software Engineer Systems Analyst
Information Systems Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Software Engineer Senior Programmer Analyst Manager Applications Development
Application Development Director
11 Yearsyrs
Programmer Information Technology Manager Chief Technology Officer
President & Chief Technology Officer
13 Yearsyrs
Programmer Project Manager Senior Product Manager
Principal Product Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Programmer Consultant Information Technology Project Manager
Enterprise Project Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Software Developer Consultant Information Technology Project Manager
Technical Delivery Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Software Developer Consultant Information Technology Manager
Information Technology Development Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Software Developer Owner Co-Founder
Chief Technology Officer & Founder
9 Yearsyrs
Quality Assurance Analyst Business Analyst Information Technology Manager
Director, Applications
12 Yearsyrs
Quality Assurance Analyst Senior Project Manager Director Of Software Development
Vice President Of Software Engineering
13 Yearsyrs
Quality Assurance Analyst Business Analyst Technical Project Manager
Technical Product Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Senior Programmer Analyst Project Leader Delivery Manager
Senior Delivery Manager
12 Yearsyrs
Senior Programmer Analyst Manager Applications Development Application Development Director
Vice President Of Application Development
11 Yearsyrs
Senior Software Programmer Lead Technician Technology Architect
Principal Technologist
10 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Programmer Analyst 3.8 years
Senior Programmer 3.5 years
Software Engineer 3.0 years
Software Developer 2.6 years
Software Analyst 2.5 years
Programmer 2.5 years
Junior Programmer 1.8 years
Top Careers Before Software Programmer/Analyst
Programmer 11.8%
Consultant 4.1%
Analyst 2.9%
Developer 2.4%
Top Careers After Software Programmer/Analyst
Consultant 3.7%
Developer 2.2%
Programmer 2.2%

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Software Programmer/Analyst Demographics

Gender

Male

64.0%

Female

23.9%

Unknown

12.1%
Ethnicity

White

50.8%

Asian

21.6%

Hispanic or Latino

13.5%

Black or African American

9.3%

Unknown

4.8%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

37.5%

Marathi

12.5%

French

12.5%

Hindi

12.5%

Hebrew

12.5%

Arabic

12.5%
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Software Programmer/Analyst Education

Schools

University of Houston

6.9%

University of Phoenix

6.9%

University of Washington

6.9%

University of Maryland - University College

5.2%

Jacksonville State University

5.2%

Harvard University

5.2%

University of Illinois at Chicago

5.2%

Georgia State University

5.2%

Dakota State University

5.2%

University of Texas at Dallas

5.2%

State University of New York College at New Paltz

5.2%

San Diego State University

5.2%

More Tech Institute

5.2%

George Mason University

5.2%

University of Maryland - College Park

5.2%

University of Texas at Arlington

3.4%

University of Scranton

3.4%

University of Alabama

3.4%

Arizona State University

3.4%

Western Governors University

3.4%
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Majors

Computer Science

32.9%

Business

10.1%

Computer Engineering

8.0%

Computer Information Systems

6.2%

Electrical Engineering

5.6%

Information Systems

5.0%

Information Technology

4.7%

Management Information Systems

3.6%

Engineering

3.3%

Computer Programming

3.3%

Computer Applications

3.0%

Mathematics

2.4%

Finance

2.4%

Management

1.8%

Project Management

1.5%

Accounting

1.5%

Education

1.5%

Electrical Engineering Technology

1.2%

Computer Networking

1.2%

Psychology

0.9%
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Degrees

Bachelors

42.0%

Masters

31.2%

Other

13.9%

Associate

5.6%

Certificate

3.4%

Doctorate

2.4%

Diploma

1.5%
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Average Yearly Salary
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$60,000
Min 10%
$79,000
Median 50%
$79,000
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Median 50%
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Best Paying Company
Wells Fargo
Highest Paying City
San Francisco, CA
Highest Paying State
Maine
Avg Experience Level
3.5 years
How much does a Software Programmer/Analyst make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Software Programmer/Analyst in the United States is $79,285 per year or $38 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $60,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $103,000.

Real Software Programmer/Analyst Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Programmer Analyst/Software Engg E-Infotek Solutions, Inc. Fremont, CA Feb 09, 2016 $142,064
Programmer Analyst/Software Engineer Iitjobs, Inc. Fremont, CA May 19, 2015 $126,630
Programmer Analyst/Software Engineer Dataguise, Inc. Fremont, CA Nov 24, 2015 $126,630
Programmer Analyst/Software Engineer Iitjobs, Inc. Fremont, CA May 04, 2015 $126,630
Programmer Analyst/Software Engg. Syrainfotek LLC Alpharetta, GA Mar 28, 2016 $118,893
Programmer Analyst/Software Engg. Syrainfotek LLC Alpharetta, GA Mar 24, 2016 $118,893
Programmer Analyst/Software Engg. Syrainfotek LLC Alpharetta, GA Feb 11, 2016 $118,893
Programmer Analyst/Software Developer Axle Informatics LLC Bethesda, MD Jan 09, 2016 $114,785
Programmer Analyst/Software Engg. Ngusoft Inc. Santa Clara, CA May 19, 2016 $112,258
Programmer Analyst/Software Engg. Magnaspan Inc. Milpitas, CA Jul 07, 2015 $112,258
Programmer Analyst/Software Engg Trident Consulting Dublin, CA Feb 20, 2015 $111,696
Programmer Analyst/Software Developer Embtel, Inc. Fremont, CA Jan 20, 2016 $108,077
Applications Software Programmer Analyst SR. Aurora Heath Care, Inc. Milwaukee, WI Dec 14, 2015 $105,664
Software Programmer/Analyst Tekcrew, Inc. Cypress, CA May 19, 2015 $69,139
Software Programmer Analyst Intellect Business Solutions, LLC Irving, TX Aug 25, 2016 $68,871 -
$104,350
Software Programmer Analyst Data Systems Integration Group Inc. Irving, TX Jan 10, 2016 $68,827
Software Progammer Analyst Data Systems Integration Group Inc. Trevose, PA Sep 06, 2016 $68,515
Software Progammer Analyst Data Systems Integration Group Inc. Trevose, PA Jun 09, 2016 $68,515
Software Programmer Analyst Data Systems Integration Group Inc. Columbus, OH Dec 19, 2016 $68,000
Software Programmer Analyst Data Systems Integration Group Inc. Bellingham, WA Jan 02, 2015 $68,000
Software Programmer Analyst Milestone Technologies, LLC. Dallas, TX Sep 01, 2015 $64,697
Software Programmer Analyst Revere Info Tech, Inc. Dallas, TX Oct 08, 2016 $64,697
Software Programmer Analyst Intellect Business Solutions, LLC Irving, TX Aug 09, 2016 $64,000 -
$90,000

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Top Skills for A Software Programmer/Analyst

  1. Web Application
  2. Pl/Sql
  3. Database
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  • Create infrastructure test plans and test cards to test applications including web applications, client foundations, server utilities etc.
  • Create and maintain data patches in Oracle PL/SQL to resolve daily problems encountered in CARES.
  • Specified requirements definitions and developed new applications used by state and federal agencies for accessing criminal and DMV databases.
  • Developed, published and maintained web-based exception system allowing users to request special procedures for automated software delivery.
  • Programmed and developed front-end (user interface) software/system design.

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