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Working As A Team Lead And Developer

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

  • $102,535

    Average Salary

What Does A Team Lead And 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 Team Lead And 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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Team Lead And Developer Career Paths

Team Lead And Developer
Lead Technician Technical Support Specialist Information Technology Manager
Chief Information Officer
11 Yearsyrs
Senior Consultant Information Technology Manager Director Of Information
Chief Technology Officer
11 Yearsyrs
Architect And Developer Solutions Architect Senior Manager
Director Of Enterprise Architecture
14 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Program Manager Senior Manager
Director Of Information
10 Yearsyrs
Onsite Coordinator Lead Technician Development Manager
Director Of Software Development
12 Yearsyrs
Senior Project Manager Contractor/Consultant Senior Software Engineer
Lead Developer
6 Yearsyrs
Development Manager Senior Project Manager Senior Product Manager
Principal Product Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Senior Project Manager Senior Product Manager
Product Management Director
12 Yearsyrs
Architect And Developer Project Manager Product Manager
Product Manager, Mobile
10 Yearsyrs
Development Manager Developer/Consultant Senior Software Engineer
Senior .NET Developer
6 Yearsyrs
Onsite Coordinator Project Leader Director Of Information
Senior Director Of Information & Technology
13 Yearsyrs
Project Leader Senior Consultant Information Technology Manager
Senior Information Technology Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Lead Technician Systems Administrator Software Engineer
Senior Java Developer
6 Yearsyrs
Systems Engineer Systems Manager Information Systems Manager
Senior Manager-Systems
12 Yearsyrs
Lead Developer Lead Technician Project Manager
Senior Project Manager
12 Yearsyrs
Project Leader Business Analyst Senior Systems Analyst
Senior Software Engineer
6 Yearsyrs
Lead Developer Project Manager Senior Project Manager
Senior Technical Program Manager
12 Yearsyrs
Senior Consultant Senior Manager Director Of Information
Vice President Of Information Technology
12 Yearsyrs
Senior Project Manager Director Of Product Development Director Of Software Development
Vice President, Software Development
11 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Senior Programmer 3.4 years
Lead Technician 3.2 years
Lead Developer 2.5 years
Solution Developer 2.3 years
Developer 2.2 years
Contract Developer 2.1 years
Junior Developer 1.4 years
Top Employers Before
Developer 17.0%
Consultant 4.5%
Programmer 2.6%
Internship 2.2%
Manager 1.7%
Top Employers After
Team Leader 12.2%
Consultant 6.2%
Developer 4.8%
Manager 3.1%

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Team Lead And Developer Demographics

Gender

Male

71.5%

Female

25.0%

Unknown

3.6%
Ethnicity

White

51.0%

Asian

22.7%

Hispanic or Latino

11.9%

Black or African American

9.2%

Unknown

5.2%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

25.3%

French

11.5%

German

11.5%

Mandarin

10.3%

Chinese

10.3%

Italian

5.7%

Japanese

3.4%

Cantonese

3.4%

Arabic

3.4%

Russian

2.3%

Portuguese

2.3%

Swedish

1.1%

Latvian

1.1%

Vietnamese

1.1%

Hindi

1.1%

Hebrew

1.1%

Bosnian

1.1%

Norwegian

1.1%

Bengali

1.1%

Nepali

1.1%
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Team Lead And Developer Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

13.3%

More Tech Institute

7.7%

Purdue University

6.2%

Brigham Young University

5.1%

George Washington University

5.1%

Pennsylvania State University

5.1%

University of Texas at Austin

5.1%

University of California - Berkeley

4.6%

Michigan State University

4.6%

New York University

4.1%

Arizona State University

4.1%

University of Central Oklahoma

4.1%

State University of New York Buffalo

4.1%

The Academy

4.1%

University of Massachusetts Amherst

4.1%

Johns Hopkins University

4.1%

Illinois Institute of Technology

3.6%

Northwestern University

3.6%

Rochester Institute of Technology

3.6%

Harvard University

3.6%
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Majors

Computer Science

24.4%

Business

15.0%

Computer Engineering

8.6%

Electrical Engineering

7.3%

Computer Information Systems

4.8%

Mechanical Engineering

4.7%

Computer Applications

4.7%

Information Technology

4.3%

Management

4.0%

Engineering

3.0%

Marketing

2.8%

Finance

2.2%

Information Systems

2.2%

Chemistry

2.1%

Project Management

2.0%

Electrical Engineering Technology

1.7%

Management Information Systems

1.7%

Accounting

1.7%

Mathematics

1.6%

Education

1.4%
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Degrees

Bachelors

47.0%

Masters

32.0%

Other

11.1%

Associate

3.7%

Doctorate

3.3%

Certificate

1.9%

Diploma

1.0%
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Real Team Lead And Developer Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Developer, Team Lead Tableau Software Inc. Palo Alto, CA Feb 14, 2015 $189,000
Team Lead for Systems Development Tower Research Capital LLC New York, NY Dec 10, 2016 $165,000
Development Team Lead Palantir Technologies Palo Alto, CA May 12, 2016 $154,693 -
$184,693
Lead Developer Calypso Integration Team Grantham, Mayo, Van Otterloo and Company, LLC Boston, MA Jan 19, 2016 $150,000
Lead Developer Enterprise Integration and API Team Salesforce.Com San Francisco, CA Jul 13, 2016 $150,000
Team Lead for Systems Development Tower Research Capital LLC New York, NY May 02, 2016 $150,000
Team Lead for Systems Development Tower Research Capital LLC New York, NY May 01, 2015 $150,000
Lead Developer (Lmts) Enterprise Integration & API Team Salesforce.Com, Inc. San Francisco, CA May 18, 2015 $150,000
Development Team Lead The Depository Trust and Clearing Corporation Jersey City, NJ Aug 24, 2015 $148,650
Development Team Lead The Depository Trust and Clearing Corporation New York, NY Sep 22, 2015 $148,650
Development Team Lead Vocado LLC Long Beach, CA Feb 09, 2016 $140,000
ESB Development Team Lead Bank of The West NE Dec 10, 2015 $140,000
ESB Development Team Lead Bank of The West San Ramon, CA Dec 10, 2015 $140,000
Developer-Team Lead Zones Inc. Auburn, WA Apr 08, 2016 $120,000
Team Lead for Systems Development Tower Research Capital LLC New York, NY May 01, 2015 $120,000
Global Markets Bus./Bus. Analysis & Development Team Leader State Street Bank and Trust Company Boston, MA Sep 12, 2015 $118,700 -
$163,200
Developer-Team Lead Zones, Inc. Auburn, WA Jul 22, 2015 $117,458
Developer/Team Lead Airwatch LLC Atlanta, GA May 08, 2016 $115,500
Software Development Team Leader Altair Engineering, Inc. Troy, MI Sep 23, 2016 $115,000
Development Team Lead Concurrent Computer Corporation Duluth, GA Nov 22, 2016 $114,000
Development Team Lead-Avalara Certs Avalara, Inc. Raleigh, NC Sep 11, 2015 $114,000
ACC Software Development Team Lead Amdocs Inc. Bothell, WA May 26, 2016 $101,088
Software Development Team Lead Daxko, LLC Birmingham, AL Sep 27, 2016 $100,859
Software Development Team Lead Amdocs, Inc. Richardson, TX Sep 15, 2016 $100,200
Software Development Team Leader Amdocs Inc. Atlanta, GA Jan 05, 2016 $100,100
Development Team Leader EPAM Systems, Inc. Santa Monica, CA Sep 23, 2015 $100,000
Development Team Lead Unifocus LLC Carrollton, TX Jun 06, 2016 $100,000
Software Development Team Lead Amdocs Inc. Richardson, TX Aug 23, 2016 $99,392
Software Development Team Lead Amdocs, Inc. Richardson, TX Sep 01, 2015 $99,337

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Top Skills for A Team Lead And Developer

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  1. Web
  2. SQL
  3. Data Warehouse
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  • Pioneered and managed two vehicles for communication, a company-wide newsletter and communication website, in response to qualitative data.
  • Implemented and managed Microsoft SQL servers in a virtual server environment reducing costs of hardware by sixty percent.
  • Lead analyst/developer in the design and development of the Corporate Data Warehouse (CDW) for USDA Forest Service.
  • Advised and assisted in creating appropriate configuration parameters and customized code changes and creating environment-specific test data and procedures.
  • Collaborated with bank representatives during sessions to determine proper configuration of the system to meet the banks specific business requirements.

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