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Working As A Vice President, Software Development

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

  • $137,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Vice President, Software Development 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 Vice President, Software Development

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
Software Director 3.9 years
Chief Architect 3.6 years
Software Leader 3.3 years
Software Architect 3.2 years
Top Careers Before Vice President, Software Development
Consultant 5.0%
Director 3.7%
Programmer 2.8%
Top Careers After Vice President, Software Development
Consultant 7.6%
Owner 3.6%
President 3.6%
Partner 2.8%
Director 2.8%

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Average Yearly Salary
$137,000
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$105,000
Min 10%
$137,000
Median 50%
$137,000
Median 50%
$137,000
Median 50%
$137,000
Median 50%
$137,000
Median 50%
$137,000
Median 50%
$137,000
Median 50%
$179,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
Morgan Stanley
Highest Paying City
Santa Clara, CA
Highest Paying State
Nevada
Avg Experience Level
4.7 years
How much does a Vice President, Software Development make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Vice President, Software Development in the United States is $137,793 per year or $66 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $105,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $179,000.

Real Vice President, Software Development Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Vice President of Software Development and Integra Ziff Brothers Investments, LLC New York, NY Jan 01, 2013 $320,000
VP of Software Development and Integration Lululemon USA Inc. San Francisco, CA Jan 11, 2016 $214,947 -
$274,990
Vice President, Software Development Air Worldwide Corp. Boston, MA Sep 15, 2014 $188,400
Vice President, Software Development Air Worldwide Corp. Boston, MA Sep 16, 2014 $188,400
Vice President, Software Development Xeros Inc. Manchester, NH Sep 23, 2016 $185,000
Assistant Vice President of Software Development Reliance First Capital, LLC Melville, NY Jan 10, 2016 $182,042 -
$197,500
Vice President, Software Developer Pacific Investment Management Company, LLC New York, NY Aug 20, 2016 $180,000
Vice President Software Development Inspirato, LLC Denver, CO Sep 26, 2014 $180,000
VP Senior Software Developer Validus America, Inc. New York, NY May 02, 2014 $175,100
Vice President, Software Development Gerber Scientific International, Inc. New York, NY Oct 19, 2015 $175,000 -
$225,000
VP, Software Developer Cantor Fitzgerald, LP New York, NY Feb 11, 2016 $175,000
VP, SR. Software Developer, Securitized Products Trading and Risk Barclays Services Corp New York, NY Oct 24, 2014 $175,000
Assistant Vice President, Software Developer KCG Americas LLC Jersey City, NJ Feb 07, 2015 $145,000
Vp, Sr Software Developer Securitized Products Trading & Risk Barclays Services Corp. New York, NY Jul 13, 2014 $145,000 -
$190,000
Vp, Sr Software Developer Securitized Products Trad Barclays Services Corp. New York, NY Jul 13, 2014 $145,000 -
$190,000
Vice President, Software Developer-Tech Lead Barclays Services Corp. New York, NY Feb 01, 2015 $145,000 -
$171,000
Assistant Vice President, Specialist Software Development Engineer Db Services New Jersey, Inc. Jersey City, NJ Nov 14, 2016 $145,000
AVP, Senior Software Developer, Investment Banking Technology Barclays Services Corp New York, NY Jul 14, 2016 $144,500
Vice President, Software Product Development Nexgrid LLC Groveton, VA Sep 19, 2014 $140,000
Vice President, Senior Software Developer Barclays Services Corp. New York, NY Aug 04, 2014 $140,000 -
$170,000
Assistant Vice President, Senior Software Develope Barclays Capital Inc. New York, NY Nov 21, 2014 $125,000
VP Software Development Caliber Home Loans, Inc. Irving, TX Jul 25, 2014 $125,000
AVP, Software Developer, Investment Banking Technology Barclays Services Corp. New York, NY Jul 09, 2016 $125,000
Assistant Vice President, Senior Software Develope Barclays Services Corp. New York, NY Apr 15, 2013 $124,000 -
$154,000
VP, Senior Software Developer Barclays Services Corp. New York, NY Jun 06, 2014 $123,000 -
$167,000
Vice President, Software Development Genesi USA, Inc. Washington, DC Jan 10, 2016 $120,000
AVP, Lead Software Developer, Commodities Derivati Barclays Services Corp. New York, NY Oct 11, 2014 $120,000 -
$134,000

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Top Skills for A Vice President, Software Development

  1. Web Application
  2. Project Management
  3. Software Development
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Lead the development team in the architecture, design, and development of the web application using Symfony2 in PHP.
  • Provide design and implementation level direction for back office applications as well as providing direction to project management and development.
  • Provided technology leadership to software development teams within a newly incorporated company.
  • Created DTS conversion scripts from MS Access and Excel to SQL Server with data transformation and conversion.
  • Supported business development by presenting corporate technologies to various business partners

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Top 10 Best States for Vice Presidents, Software Development

  1. New York
  2. Virginia
  3. California
  4. Delaware
  5. Colorado
  6. Washington
  7. Texas
  8. District of Columbia
  9. Massachusetts
  10. New Jersey
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Vice President, Software Development Demographics

Gender

Male

78.8%

Unknown

11.8%

Female

9.4%
Ethnicity

White

61.2%

Hispanic or Latino

13.2%

Asian

10.7%

Black or African American

10.4%

Unknown

4.5%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

29.4%

Chinese

11.8%

French

11.8%

Carrier

11.8%

Czech

5.9%

Dutch

5.9%

Japanese

5.9%

German

5.9%

Mandarin

5.9%

Arabic

5.9%
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Vice President, Software Development Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

10.1%

New York University

7.9%

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

6.7%

Northeastern University

6.7%

Purdue University

6.7%

University of Massachusetts Amherst

5.6%

Arizona State University

4.5%

State University of New York Stony Brook

4.5%

Brigham Young University

4.5%

University of Texas at Arlington

4.5%

Columbia University

4.5%

Capella University

4.5%

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

4.5%

University of Texas at Austin

4.5%

Ohio University -

3.4%

Case Western Reserve University

3.4%

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

3.4%

Polytechnic Institute of New York University

3.4%

Southern Methodist University

3.4%

State University of New York Albany

3.4%
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Majors

Computer Science

33.5%

Business

17.1%

Electrical Engineering

6.9%

Computer Engineering

5.7%

Computer Information Systems

5.2%

Mathematics

4.5%

Finance

4.0%

Mechanical Engineering

3.0%

Information Systems

2.7%

Information Technology

2.7%

Management

2.2%

Management Information Systems

2.0%

Engineering

2.0%

Psychology

1.2%

Marketing

1.2%

Computer Programming

1.2%

Music

1.2%

Project Management

1.2%

Accounting

1.2%

Mathematics And Computer Science

1.0%
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Degrees

Bachelors

42.5%

Masters

35.5%

Other

12.8%

Doctorate

3.8%

Associate

2.8%

Certificate

2.0%

Diploma

0.6%
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