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Working As A Tableau Developer

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

  • $83,933

    Average Salary

What Does A Tableau 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 Tableau 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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Average Length of Employment
Pl/Sql Developer 2.6 years
Cognos Developer 2.5 years
Developer 2.2 years
SQL BI Developer 2.1 years
Tableau Developer 2.0 years
BOS Developer 2.0 years
Database Developer 2.0 years
BI Developer 1.9 years
SQL Developer 1.8 years
Reports Developer 1.7 years
Ssrs Developer 1.7 years
Ssis Developer 1.5 years
Top Employers Before
Consultant 7.1%
Developer 3.8%
Top Employers After
Consultant 15.9%
Engineer 5.0%
Analyst 1.7%
Developer 1.2%

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Tableau Developer Demographics

Gender

Male

62.5%

Female

33.1%

Unknown

4.4%
Ethnicity

White

42.4%

Asian

34.4%

Black or African American

9.2%

Hispanic or Latino

7.9%

Unknown

6.1%
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Languages Spoken

Hindi

33.3%

Urdu

16.7%

Gujarati

16.7%

Arabic

16.7%

French

16.7%
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Tableau Developer Education

Schools

Stevens Institute of Technology

18.8%

University of Missouri - Saint Louis

10.4%

Southeast Missouri State University

8.3%

University of Bridgeport

6.3%

University of Houston

4.2%

Wilmington University

4.2%

Marshall University

4.2%

University of South Alabama

4.2%

University of Texas at Dallas

4.2%

Webster University

4.2%

Lamar University

4.2%

More Tech Institute

4.2%

University of Arizona

4.2%

Strayer University

4.2%

Southern New Hampshire University

4.2%

University of Dayton

2.1%

Western Washington University

2.1%

Touro University

2.1%

New York University

2.1%

California State University - Fullerton

2.1%
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Majors

Computer Science

28.5%

Information Technology

14.2%

Electrical Engineering

11.5%

Engineering

6.8%

Computer Engineering

5.1%

Computer Applications

5.1%

Electrical Engineering Technology

4.4%

Business

4.4%

Management Science

3.4%

Computer Information Systems

2.7%

Management Information Systems

2.7%

Finance

2.4%

Environmental Control Technologies/Technicians

1.4%

Information Systems

1.4%

Mechanical Engineering

1.4%

Science, Technology, And Society

1.0%

Management

1.0%

Accounting

1.0%

Communication

1.0%

Mathematics

0.7%
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Degrees

Bachelors

62.7%

Masters

24.5%

Other

10.2%

Diploma

1.2%

Certificate

0.6%

Associate

0.3%

Doctorate

0.3%
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Real Tableau Developer Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Tableau Developer Starpoint Solutions Burbank, CA Jan 01, 2015 $146,090
BI Tableau Developer Move, Inc. San Jose, CA Nov 30, 2015 $135,000
BI Tableau Developer Move, Inc. San Jose, CA Dec 21, 2015 $130,000
Tableau Developer Architect Hexaware Technologies, Inc. Herndon, VA Dec 21, 2015 $130,000
Tableau Developer Samurai Infotech LLC Cumming, GA Feb 24, 2014 $120,000
Tableau Report Developer Zillow, Inc. Seattle, WA May 18, 2015 $115,000
Tableau Developer Slalom, LLC San Francisco, CA Jun 13, 2016 $110,000 -
$120,000
Tableau Developer Slalom, LLC South San Francisco, CA Jun 13, 2016 $110,000 -
$120,000
Tableau Developer Slalom, LLC Phoenix, AZ Jan 05, 2016 $107,000 -
$140,000
Tableau Developer National Health Care Associates Wethersfield, CT Sep 21, 2016 $105,000
Tableau Developer Texara Solutions LLC Santa Clara, CA Oct 13, 2016 $103,000
Tableau Developer Experis Us, Inc. Houston, TX Apr 29, 2013 $100,176 -
$121,046
Tableau Developer Texara Solutions LLC Santa Clara, CA Dec 24, 2015 $98,342
Tableau Developer Texara Solutions LLC Santa Clara, CA Jan 18, 2016 $98,342
Software Application Developer/Tableau Developer Idexcel, Inc. Newport News, VA Mar 21, 2016 $85,000
Tableau Developer I 5 Tech, Inc. Berkeley, CA Feb 10, 2016 $80,870 -
$81,000
Tableau Developer Braves Technologies LLC Columbus, OH Jun 05, 2014 $80,000
Tableau Developer Braves Technologies LLC Houston, TX Jun 05, 2014 $80,000
Tableau Developer VSLN International, Inc. Charlotte, NC Jan 10, 2016 $80,000
Tableau Developer Tech Matrix Inc. Houston, TX Sep 16, 2015 $79,000
Tableau Developer Technical Strategies Inc. Owings Mills, MD Sep 21, 2016 $76,600
Tableau Developer Business Intelli Solutions, Inc. San Francisco, CA Sep 14, 2016 $76,107
Tableau Developer Softthink Solutions, Inc. Herndon, VA Aug 15, 2015 $71,614
Tableau Devloper SLIQ Information Technologies Inc. Parkton, NC Sep 23, 2016 $70,958
Tableau Developer Caprus It Inc. Madison, NJ Sep 20, 2016 $70,000
Tableau Developer VSLN International, Inc. Charlotte, NC Sep 15, 2015 $70,000
Tableau Developer/Data Analyst Kaplan, Inc. New York, NY Sep 16, 2016 $70,000
Tableau Developer/Admin Competitive Computer Information Technologies Inc. Bridgewater, NJ Nov 05, 2016 $70,000
Tableau Developer S9 Technologies Inc. Penfield, NY Sep 15, 2016 $70,000
Tableau Developer SRNL International, Inc. Charlotte, NC Sep 02, 2015 $70,000

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Top Skills for A Tableau Developer

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  1. Dashboards
  2. Tableau
  3. Pl/Sql
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  • Designed near-real time monitoring Dashboards for Tableau server and Visualization users.
  • Involved in publishing customized interactive reports and dashboards to Tableau server.
  • Generated server side PL/SQL scripts for data manipulation and validation and created various materialized views, global temporary table.
  • Developed multiple Views and combined them into Dashboards for interactivity by providing Quick Filter and Parameters for further data drilling capability.
  • Documented a whole process of working with Tableau Desktop, installing Tableau Server, evaluating Business Requirements and proposing System Requirements.

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