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Working As A Solution Developer

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

  • $79,433

    Average Salary

What Does A Solution Developer 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 Solution Developer

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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Solution Developer Career Paths

Solution Developer
Senior Consultant Senior Manager Director Of Information
Chief Information Officer
11 Yearsyrs
Senior Business Consultant Senior Manager Director Of Information
Chief Technology Officer
11 Yearsyrs
Solutions Manager General Manager Senior Manager
Director Of Enterprise Architecture
14 Yearsyrs
Solutions Architect Program Manager Senior Manager
Director Of Information
10 Yearsyrs
Program Manager Consultant Senior Software Engineer
Director Of Software Development
12 Yearsyrs
Senior Business Consultant Senior Project Manager Senior Product Manager
Principal Product Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Senior Software Engineer Business Analyst Product Manager
Product Management Director
12 Yearsyrs
Developer/Consultant Project Manager Product Manager
Product Manager, Mobile
10 Yearsyrs
Developer/Consultant Senior Software Engineer Business Analyst
Product Owner
9 Yearsyrs
Technical Consultant Network Administrator Software Engineer
Senior .NET Developer
6 Yearsyrs
Business Developer Chief Operating Officer Director Of Product Development
Senior Director Of Engineering
15 Yearsyrs
Program Manager Information Technology Project Manager Director Of Information
Senior Director Of Information & Technology
13 Yearsyrs
Technical Consultant Senior Consultant Information Technology Manager
Senior Information Technology Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Applications Developer Senior Software Engineer
Senior Java Developer
6 Yearsyrs
Senior Software Engineer Senior Consultant Project Manager
Senior Project Manager
12 Yearsyrs
Applications Developer Business Analyst Senior Systems Analyst
Senior Software Engineer
6 Yearsyrs
Solutions Architect Senior Project Manager
Senior Technical Program Manager
12 Yearsyrs
Senior Consultant Information Technology Manager Director Of Information
Vice President Of Information Technology
12 Yearsyrs
Solutions Manager Information Technology Project Manager Software Development Manager
Vice President, Software Development
11 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Systems Developer 3.4 years
Senior Programmer 3.4 years
Software Engineer 3.2 years
Software Architect 3.2 years
Lead Programmer 3.1 years
NET Developer 3.0 years
Internet Developer 2.8 years
Software Developer 2.7 years
Access Developer 2.6 years
Developer Analyst 2.5 years
Lead Developer 2.5 years
Intranet Developer 2.5 years
Lead Architect 2.5 years
Lead Web Developer 2.4 years
Contract Developer 2.3 years
Java Developer 2.3 years
Developer 2.2 years
Database Developer 2.1 years
PHP Developer 2.1 years
Siebel Developer 2.1 years
Web Developer 2.1 years
Web Programmer 2.0 years
Module Lead 2.0 years
GIS Developer 2.0 years
Solution Developer 2.0 years
Junior Programmer 1.8 years
J2ee Developer 1.8 years
Java Web Developer 1.8 years
Junior Developer 1.4 years
Top Employers Before
Developer 7.5%
Consultant 7.0%
Programmer 3.7%
Internship 3.5%
Manager 3.1%
Top Employers After
Consultant 9.3%
Developer 3.4%

Solution Developer Demographics

Gender

Male

75.1%

Female

21.5%

Unknown

3.4%
Ethnicity

White

69.0%

Asian

18.8%

Hispanic or Latino

6.6%

Unknown

4.6%

Black or African American

0.9%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

41.7%

French

12.5%

Chinese

8.3%

Japanese

8.3%

Portuguese

4.2%

Hungarian

4.2%

Vietnamese

4.2%

Persian

4.2%

Cantonese

4.2%

Korean

4.2%

Carrier

4.2%
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Solution Developer Education

Schools

Pennsylvania State University

7.1%

Arkansas Tech University

7.1%

University of Central Arkansas

7.1%

Rochester Institute of Technology

6.1%

University of Phoenix

6.1%

San Jose State University

5.1%

University of Southern California

5.1%

University of Texas at Dallas

5.1%

University of Washington

5.1%

Duke University

5.1%

Syracuse University

4.1%

Washington State University

4.1%

Arizona State University

4.1%

Boston University

4.1%

Texas Tech University

4.1%

Harding University

4.1%

Webster University

4.1%

DePaul University

4.1%

Maharishi University of Management

4.1%

Capella University

4.1%
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Majors

Computer Science

26.4%

Business

17.3%

Information Technology

6.8%

Computer Engineering

6.4%

Electrical Engineering

6.2%

Computer Information Systems

6.2%

Finance

4.3%

Management Information Systems

3.4%

Computer Applications

2.8%

Mathematics

2.6%

Management

2.3%

Communication

1.9%

Marketing

1.9%

Accounting

1.9%

English

1.7%

Project Management

1.7%

Information Systems

1.7%

Computer Programming

1.5%

Computer Networking

1.5%

Mechanical Engineering

1.5%
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Degrees

Bachelors

42.8%

Masters

36.2%

Other

12.8%

Associate

4.5%

Certificate

2.2%

Doctorate

1.2%

Diploma

0.5%
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Real Solution Developer Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Senior Solution Developer Jfrog, Inc. Santa Clara, CA Mar 10, 2016 $180,000
Manager, Solution Developer Avanade Inc. New York, NY Mar 24, 2015 $146,000
Senior Salesforce Solutions Developer Palo Alto Networks, Inc. Santa Clara, CA Aug 29, 2016 $146,000
Manager, Solution Developer Avanade Inc. Jersey City, NJ Mar 24, 2015 $146,000
Salesforce Solution Developer Palo Alto Networks, Inc. Santa Clara, CA Mar 08, 2016 $140,000
Solutions Developer Softworld, Inc. Marlborough, MA Dec 05, 2016 $137,000
Solutions Developer Softworld, Inc. Marlborough, MA May 18, 2015 $137,000
Lead Developer-Solutions Development NYU Langone Health System New York, NY Jul 18, 2016 $133,500
Senior Solutions Developer Informatica Corporation Redwood City, CA Dec 16, 2015 $132,000
CRM Solution Developer/Architect Slalom, LLC San Francisco, CA Jul 20, 2015 $131,269 -
$150,000
CRM Solution Developer/Architect Slalom, LLC Chicago, IL Jul 20, 2015 $131,269 -
$150,000
CRM Solution Developer/Architect Slalom, LLC Seattle, WA Jul 20, 2015 $131,269 -
$150,000
Semantic Solutions Developer Topquadrant, Inc. Raleigh, NC Jan 02, 2015 $87,400
Senior Solution Developer The Allant Group Naperville, IL Apr 21, 2015 $87,000
BI Solutions Developer Wacom Technology Corporation Portland, OR Apr 04, 2016 $86,819
BI Solutions Developer Wacom Technology Corporation Vancouver, WA Sep 01, 2015 $86,819
BPM Solutions Developer ACI Infotech Inc. Piscataway, NJ Mar 03, 2016 $86,800
Solution Developer Astea International Inc. Horsham, PA Oct 17, 2016 $86,510
Solution Developer Astea International, Inc. Horsham, PA Dec 29, 2015 $86,510
BI Solutions Developer ACI Infotech Inc. Piscataway, NJ Feb 09, 2016 $85,300
Solution Developer Deloitte Consulting LLP Lake Mary, FL Nov 01, 2016 $62,566 -
$73,100
Solutions Developer Archents, Inc. Dublin, OH Sep 09, 2015 $62,500 -
$68,000
Solutions Developer Archents, Inc. Cranston, RI Aug 18, 2015 $62,500 -
$70,000
Solutions Developer Archents, Inc. Dublin, OH Jun 24, 2015 $62,500 -
$70,000
Solutions Developer Archents, Inc. Chicago, IL Aug 18, 2015 $62,500 -
$70,000
Solution Developer Deloitte Consulting LLP Lake Mary, FL Oct 18, 2015 $62,442 -
$93,000
Solution Developer Deloitte Consulting LLP Lake Mary, FL May 04, 2016 $62,442 -
$73,100

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Top Skills for A Solution Developer

Pl/SqlWebApplicationDatabaseTablesMicrosoftSQLServerProceduresASPC#.NETHtmlArchitectureXMLDeliveryWindowsFinancialWebServicesJavascriptUserInterfaceSolutionDevelopmentUnixBusinessRequirementsSharepoint

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Top Solution Developer Skills

  1. Pl/Sql
  2. Web Application
  3. Database Tables
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Tuned existing EIM and PL/SQL processes, and developed new solutions based on the needs of the organization.
  • Designed and implemented multiple web applications to configure datamart builds.
  • Write stored procedures and functions for the validation, matching, cleansing and transforming data and then loading into database tables.
  • Used Microsoft SQL Server and Progress 4BL programming for backend solutions.
  • Collaborated with other departments to ensure training materials are consistent with current policies and standard operating procedures (SOPs).

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