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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

  • $84,000

    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 Software Engineer Team Leader Project Manager
Service Delivery Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Senior Software Engineer Project Manager Information Technology Director
Senior Director Of Information & Technology
14 Yearsyrs
Senior Software Engineer Software Development Manager
Director Of Software Development
12 Yearsyrs
Consultant Project Manager Development Manager
Senior Development Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Consultant Senior Programmer Analyst Manager Applications Development
Application Development Director
11 Yearsyrs
Consultant Senior Business Analyst
Product Owner
9 Yearsyrs
Software Developer Systems Analyst Information Technology Project Manager
Technical Delivery Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Software Developer Systems Analyst Senior Programmer Analyst
Application Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Software Developer Systems Analyst Information Technology Manager
Information Technology Development Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Software Engineer Owner Co-Founder
Chief Technology Officer & Founder
9 Yearsyrs
Software Engineer Business Analyst Senior Business Analyst
Implementation Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Software Engineer Systems Engineer Information Technology Manager
Director, Applications
12 Yearsyrs
Developer Senior Project Manager Director Of Software Development
Vice President Of Software Engineering
13 Yearsyrs
Programmer Analyst Systems Administrator Senior Technologist
Principal Technologist
10 Yearsyrs
Developer Senior Consultant Information Technology Director
Director Of Enterprise Architecture
14 Yearsyrs
Programmer Analyst Oracle Database Administrator SAP Basis Consultant
Solutions Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Developer Project Leader Technical Project Manager
Technical Product Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Programmer Analyst Project Leader Delivery Manager
Senior Delivery Manager
12 Yearsyrs
NET Developer Senior Programmer Analyst Manager Applications Development
Vice President Of Application Development
11 Yearsyrs
NET Developer Technical Consultant Senior Technical Consultant
Vice President, Technology
11 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Software Developer 2.6 years
Lead Developer 2.5 years
Project Developer 2.3 years
Developer 2.2 years
Contract Developer 2.1 years
Solution Developer 2.0 years
Junior Developer 1.4 years
Top Careers Before Solution Developer
Developer 9.2%
Consultant 6.8%
Programmer 4.9%
Internship 3.7%
Analyst 2.2%
Top Careers After Solution Developer
Consultant 10.4%
Developer 5.9%
Engineer 2.1%
Programmer 2.1%

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Solution Developer Demographics

Gender

Male

67.1%

Female

22.6%

Unknown

10.3%
Ethnicity

White

53.9%

Asian

18.6%

Hispanic or Latino

11.7%

Black or African American

10.1%

Unknown

5.7%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

40.0%

Chinese

20.0%

Hungarian

10.0%

Zulu

10.0%

Japanese

10.0%

French

10.0%
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Solution Developer Education

Schools

University of Central Arkansas

6.3%

University of Arkansas at Little Rock

6.3%

Pennsylvania State University

6.3%

Maharishi University of Management

5.6%

Rochester Institute of Technology

5.6%

University of Central Florida

5.6%

Georgia Southern University

5.6%

Capella University

5.6%

Syracuse University

4.9%

University of South Florida

4.9%

University of Washington

4.9%

University of Texas at Dallas

4.9%

University of Phoenix

4.9%

University of Maryland - College Park

4.2%

Nova Southeastern University

4.2%

Northern Illinois University

4.2%

Western Governors University

4.2%

Arkansas Tech University

4.2%

Illinois Institute of Technology

3.5%

Arizona State University

3.5%
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Majors

Computer Science

30.7%

Business

12.0%

Computer Information Systems

7.3%

Information Technology

7.1%

Computer Engineering

7.0%

Electrical Engineering

5.5%

Management Information Systems

5.1%

Computer Applications

3.0%

Information Systems

3.0%

Finance

2.5%

Accounting

2.5%

English

2.1%

Engineering

1.9%

Mathematics

1.9%

Communication

1.7%

Computer Networking

1.6%

Management

1.4%

Project Management

1.3%

Information Sciences

1.3%

Music

1.1%
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Degrees

Bachelors

47.1%

Masters

34.9%

Other

9.8%

Associate

3.9%

Certificate

2.2%

Diploma

1.1%

Doctorate

1.1%
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$60,000
Min 10%
$84,000
Median 50%
$84,000
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Best Paying Company
Citi
Highest Paying City
San Francisco, CA
Highest Paying State
California
Avg Experience Level
2.3 years
How much does a Solution Developer make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Solution Developer in the United States is $84,712 per year or $41 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $60,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $119,000.

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 Chicago, IL Jul 20, 2015 $131,269 -
$150,000
CRM Solution Developer/Architect Slalom, LLC San Francisco, CA 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. Dublin, OH Jun 24, 2015 $62,500 -
$70,000
Solutions Developer Archents, Inc. Cranston, RI Aug 18, 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 Jan 28, 2016 $62,442 -
$69,900
Solution Developer Deloitte Consulting LLP Lake Mary, FL Oct 18, 2015 $62,442 -
$93,000

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Top Skills for A Solution Developer

  1. Web Application
  2. Pl/Sql
  3. Data Warehouse
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  • Developed web applications to upload documents that correspond with an order for easy reference later within the order processing cycle.
  • Used SQL, PL/SQL and MySQL to build tables, indexes, functions, procedures and keys within an Oracle database.
  • Developed patented Data Warehouse Test Automation Tool using Java and Adobe Flex.
  • Designed and implemented Dashboard functionality using Excel services by enabling/activating appropriate features and establishing data connections to SQL Server.
  • Develop SQL procedures to facilitate data integration and reporting.

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